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Friday, June 22, 2012
Are you prone to finding strays?
These are my closest encounters with strays:
I couple of years ago a stray Pointer ran across the back of my neighbor's yard, the dog never stopped moving and seem to look right through me. They were some of the most haunting eyes I'd seen. This dog had been on the running on fear for some time, it never even saw me. I tried my best to stay with it, I made a few calls on the dog's behalf, but I never saw it again.
About three winters ago, we had a stray cat live in our garage attic. Have no idea how it ever got in there and never once saw it. But there was no doubt it was a cat. I left food and water on the work bench for it. In the spring it left and never came back.
Then last summer, Blaze and I ran into a young kitten, maybe a couple months old or so. It ran right in front of us and Blaze scared it up a tree. I took Blaze home and being the idiot human I am, was afraid the kitten couldn't get down from the tree. I tried coaxing it with treats and trying to get high enough to reach it, which only made it climb higher. I was like a 6-year old who had finally found a kitten to bring home. My husband was rolling his eyes later when I told him. Like I needed another animal in our household. :)
Later that night sitting out with the dogs, I heard the kitten crying. Like the looney tune I am I tried to find the kitten in the dark by the sound of those cries. When I must have been too close for the kitten, it stopped crying. So I set out some food and water. It came back the next night and I named it Song for it's distinct voice, then never heard from it again.
So how about you, do stray animals seem to find you or you find them? Or are you like me and just hear the stories and rumors that this happens?