To preface this, we live in a very rural area behind multiple gates and fences well off the main road.
Last night at about 0300 the household went into red alert when the dog went into extreme “rip your head off” bark mode!
This has NEVER happened before, day or night. The K9 has had professional EP training.
My immediate reaction was to spring from bed, first floor bedroom, and rush to the scene of the alarm.
Upon entering the great room, the dog was ferociously barking and pacing while looking out the front window with her cackles up.
My attention was brought to the front deck outside where I saw nothing until I flipped the front porch light on.
And there he was!!! A huge opossum sitting on the log pile inches from the front window, just staring inside.
A great feeling of relief came over me as I tried to subdue the dogs adrenaline dump.
The kids upstairs started yelling, “what’s going on?”
We should have a plan, when this happens they should close and lock their bedroom doors, and retreat to their locked closets which are hardened. They should stay there until the predefined all-clear password is sounded.
I should have gone to the great room with a edc firearm and streamlight flashlight. I’ve NEVER run this scenario (middle of the night home invasion) through in advance, not even in my head. In the area we are in, this is extremely unprobeable. I went empty handed into the fray, even with all the advanced tactical training I’ve had. I should have been in condition orange, but at most was in condition yellow.
I should have locked and closed the bedroom door behind me and had the wife retreat to the safe room.
I should have flipped the master switch turning on all exterior illumination.
In conclusion, a fantastic dry run spontaneous scenario and a great learning moment, but in my opinion a colossal failure of OP-SEC.
I am going to create a hands-on class scenario based on this experience.