NOTE: This is not an original post. I originally posted it a couple of years ago to another blog I was writing at that time. I have made a few minor alterations, but my apologies to those of you who have already read it.
Alas, it did not. And I have paid, and dearly, for not according due attention to what my little house panther's unusual behavior should have been telling me, especially when considering that my next door neighbors, who recently moved out of state and put their as-yet-unsold house on the market, were of the, if you'll pardon the pun, pack-ratly persuasion, and I find it very plausible that in the packing up of the worldly belongings stored in their garage, they may have unwittingly disturbed a rodent domicile or two in the process.