After the incident with the snakes, BF has been insistent about checking with a flashlight before taking the dogs out after dark.
Moby wanted another trip outside, even though he had been out earlier. I got my flashlight and made sure there were no snakes. Moby did his thing and then we headed back to the house.
He's a bit slow coming up the steps, and I wanted to hurry him up a little bit. Usually I open the door first and coax him from the doorway, but the flashlight draws bugs and we are having a moth invasion right now. So instead I opened the door and went back down the (four) steps to nudge him from behind.
That's when I saw the tarantula. Right by the steps.
I didn't scream, but I did get Moby in the house right away.
BF says the tarantula will go back in its hole (wherever that is) and I know they aren't exactly dangerous. (My son had two of them as pets; I never once visited while he had them.) But they are T A R A N T U L A S.