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Pets: Sentimentality & Decisions…………….

A couple points to lead with: my Dad had an uncanny way of attracting stray cats. Growing up, I think every one of the cats my parents had, over the years, was a stray…a hungry stray.

Also, yesterday on the 4th of July, was my dear, departed Aunt’s birthday. We headed up to the cemetery with cut flowers from the yard to pay respects to a few fine folks. My Aunt, her husband Felix and my departed Mom’s dear friend, Eleanor.

graves collage SwittersBOf course, these are always, for me, awkward moments. Reflection, prayers, thank you’s, memories, pronouncements aloud of love. But, the day was beautiful and after all it was to in some way acknowledge the birthday of my Aunt, who held that day as particularly special while alive.

We departed in fine spirits and thought we should go by my Aunt’s old house to check on things and water the flowers etc. (this is our other life that I write about over at Hoarding Woes & You). The neighborhood was deadsville, not another soul in sight. We immediately heard a very plaintive meow in the bushes nearby. It was quite similar to the plaintive meow of Penny the Cat 25 months to the day earlier when we found her up a tall tree in brisk winds.

Felix Cat SWittersB

The forlorn, pathetic kitty.

It took some doing for the kitten to trust any approach. Weak, wobbly, gangly legs and truly skin and bones…very weak. Hmmm? Enquiries from a neighbor revealed there had been a litter of kittens scurrying about near the Reed Gulch earlier in the week…an area patrolled by Coyotes, Racoons and roaming dogs. But, none had been recently seen.

Of course, we tentatively touched the cat, held the cat, looked into the eyes. Tentative I say not because of any physical dangers, but rather that emotional bonding that ever so slightly can intrude into the defenses.

Felix2 SwittersB Well we thought we have to feed the poor thing. A run to the store for a tin of wet food and evaporated milk and the kitten was ravenously consuming its weight in food. And, it did again back at our home! How did that happen? 

Oh my, Emma the Lab, Harley the Multipoo and Penny the Cat were not at all pleased, at first, with this pint sized intruder. After a long night (is it really true my wife used to get up in the middle of the night with two infants to feed them while I faked deep sleep?) there seems to be a bit a truce in the household. Two cats? Are we going to keep this kitten? What would my Dad have done? My dear departed Uncle’s name was Felix. Doesn’t it seem fitting?

Update: A trip to the vet revealed what some on you may already have know…Tortoiseshell colored Calico’s are almost always FEMALES! No Felix the Cat. Reconsideration of names is due. 


Fly Tying Materials: Penny Sorts My Capes

In the mornings, when the birds first start their chirping, Penny the Cat can be found sitting in a window listening, making this little chortling/chirping sound of her own. Her head turns and cants in all directions as she watches the temptations flitting about outside. Because she is a house cat her instincts are perhaps a bit rusty. Remember it was almost a year ago (early June) when Penny the Cat was rescued from atop a tree in my back yard. But, perhaps her instincts aren’t that rusty.

As I came through the door last night, I was met by a feathery sight. Penny ran to me and circled around my legs, rubbing up against my shins as cats do. She walked over amidst the disaster and rolled about in apparent cat bliss.

I really can’t blame anyone but me. This is about the fourth time this has happened. I have gone form capes in gallon freezer bags atop my fly tying station, to inside boxes to under a heavy object. Penny the Cat was successful at extricating two large bags of six capes and assorted loose feathers and spreading her attack not just in the living room, but into the family room and upstairs. I suspect that Harley the Maltipoo had a hand in this two, while Emma the Lab probably snored through it all. 

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