If you get the first in the garage door trying to get the garbage and the ankle biter (minature poodle) gets out (and nipped) The third starts screaming (literally). That gets the pellet rifle into play. I started with 2 pumps of the Daisy 856 (bought originally to keep stray dogs out of the yard) and pellets to chase the possum out. Well, it bowed up and started hissing and snapping at me. Up to 5 pumps. Same routine. Got out the flashlight because I figured I was missing in the dark. Up to 10 pumps between the eyes from 5 feet addled the critter. 10 more pumps at the base of the ear from a few inches made for a dead possum with a pass through. Moral of the story, those cheap pellet rifles have some pop.