I go into the living room, look out the window as I am starting my dream-story and there in the bush is...a coonskin hat? I see the tail...Oh, there it is, a small, young raccoon, treed in the burning bush...behind the Be Gardiner sculpture I call The Man.
I go out, get near to it, it looks me straight in the face with black eyes that are pleading. I bring the dog into the house, get a plant stand, and position it under the raccoon so it can climb down.
But why did raccoon venture into my fenced-in yard, guarded by my alpha husky? The bird feeders are empty, so as not to tempt the bears, and there are tons of burning bushes in everyone else's open yard, so...this is a special visit.
Back in the house, I go to spirit-animals.com and look up raccoon.
"You are possibly being asked to let go of a situation, person, belief or habit. Conversely it could also mean that you should accept the gifts being offered to you right now by the universe.Raccoon can also be reminding you to leave no stone unturned in your quest for resolution with the current problem you are facing. Take the time to look at the whole picture – the seen and the unseen-- to find a solution."
Two hours later, raccoon is still there. Then it hits me...he needs a bridge. Regardless of the fact that the dog is now inside, raccoon is playing it safe. He must remain aloft, he cannot go down to the ground.
So I position a piece of plywood below him...and the next time I look out the window, he is gone.