It's October. I've built my first fire. I'm working on the 'getting ready for Winter' list and am making some progress. We haven't had a frost yet, but it's been pretty close and I expect this week it'll happen. I have a bunch of nice looking green tomatoes, which I am going to pick tonight.
|Early Morning at the Lake|
|Sweet Milo looking happy in his new home|
The bestest news is that the Little Grey Dog/Freddy now Milo has found a wonderful home. He has become a member of a family who loves him already and say he is the sweetest thing. He has a doggy brother named Chet who matches him in size and they have allot of fun together! And Milo's new Mom has been kind enough to email me and let me know how he is doing. I'm so happy for this little guy and my heart feels much more peaceful as I realize I was just a part of a bigger plan to get him to a family that needed him. A special little dog for a special home. (and doesn't he look great?)
|Milo (front) and his new doggy brother Chet|
There does seem to be some sort of magnet attached to me...or my house...or my vehicle. While at the Lake, on the last evening there, I thought I heard a cat meow....and when I walked into the room with the patio door (which was open) there stood a rather defiant ginger tomcat. He hissed and meowed and hissed. So I got him something to eat. He hung out with me on the deck that evening--in a strictly no pets resort--and was there the next morning. He finally left just before I packed up. I'm sure he belonged to someone, as he wasn't skinny. Typical intact tomcat with battle scars and attitude and a soft side. At one point as we were companionably hanging out on the deck, I waved my arms around and said to the cat, --do you see all these decks? do you see any cats on any of these other decks?? He just looked at me and blinked.
|Lake Cat (yes he looks like Noah, but it wasn't...really)|
Today as I sat here at my desk at work, one of my co-workers shouts at me from the other room--'hey, is that your cat?' Whaaa..where? 'There is a cat out there walking around under you truck, is he yours'? Uh, no...no he isn't. But by golly he was just circling my truck, sniffing and having a good old time. And when he was done, he was done, and didn't give a glance to anybody else vehicle as he sauntered off. Now tell me why? It's not like I have cats running amok out where I park my truck at night......but, yet, something was fascinating for him. Was this big ginger tomcat with long hair, looking for that secret symbol?
These two boys I was able to walk away from, they didn't need my help. But, well, Johnny, he was a different story. He deserves his own post but with my recent track record I better just tell his story and be done with it--so here's what happened....
One evening during vacation as I went out to fasten up the chickens and do sheep chores, there was Buford just sitting there by the chicken pen. While it isn't unusual for him to stop by, he usually is on the move and mouthing off the whole time. (If you don't remember who Buford is, he is a traveling black tomcat who shows up periodically to bum a meal (from my Mom--she feeds 'em the good stuff). But there he sat...quietly staring. Since he rarely stops by, I went to get him a can of cat food and have a little visit. I fixed him a little flat place to eat and dumped half a can. While this was going on, in the back of my mind I wondered why Buford had started growling..... Well, it wasn't Buford. As I stooped to put down the food, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made my blood run cold.
To go backward here a little, back in the summer a calico cat appeared. She was a thin lanky thing, and you couldn't get within a mile of her. We (my Mom and I) would have helped her--at least gotten her spayed and given her some good meals, but she was wild with no clear feeding habits. I'd see her periodically off in the distance, always with a sense of dread. I haven't seen her now for awhile, so she has either perished or moved on poor thing.
So when I saw that 'something' out of the corner of my eye, what I saw (in my lightening quick worst case scenario mind) was the leg and tail of a calico cat inside the little igloo in the chicken pen. A calico-cat with kittens.
It wasn't though. I went in the chicken pen, closed the door to keep Buford out and stooped down to see what was what. The cat inside the igloo howled and yowled, hissed and growled but finally came staggering out when I waved the remainder of the can of catfood around. Poor kitty. Poor skinny kitty that was scared out of his mind. He wolfed down the food and I went and got him more. I closed up the pen for the night and figured I'd deal with it all in the morning. Buford was horrified that I was helping this intruder, and (eventually) stalked off in a huff.
|Poor Skinny run down Johnny Cat|
In the morning Johnny-cat was limping badly and I was sure he had an abscess on his hind leg. He hissed and growled at me while at the same time craved pets. I had thought I would open the cage and let him go and see what happened, but when I saw him in the light of day--skinny, crippled and obviously with no intent of leaving his little island of calm, I decided to get him to the vet. And since he was going to the vet, I'd just have him neutered at the same time.
|Johnny cat scarfing down food--skinny and depressed|
|Top view of skinny cat|
|Skinny now, but you can see he is a gorgeous boy|
He was such a sweetie and as the days went by he started to put on weight and relaxed--he was happy where he was and no thanks, he didn't want to venture out! I feel like he was a big pet at some point, but either he wandered too far and got lost or equally likely he just got to be nuisance and got dumped off.
|Johnny Cat a week later. Feeling fine and looking good. (Those are shadows on his nose not scratches)|
|Nearly impossible to get a picture of since he just wanted to rub on me and be petted--but isn't he pretty?|
|A week later and gaining!|
I pray that it works out. He is such a sweetie and was so good about riding in the crate over there. Animals are so vulnerable to our whims and even though I know I'm trying to do my best by him, I felt guilty. Hopefully he will be calm and not bolt and he will live long and prosper.
I hope. I'm wrung out.
That is it for now. I've got more pictures and more updates and can only hope I'll be motivated to get 'em up.
Hope you are all doing well out there!
|It's been a long cold winter--all two nights of it... (clockwise starting upper left--Meshach, Gabe, Sage, Chaco & Noah)|