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Friday, June 22, 2012

Are you prone to finding strays?

For some reason all of my life, I've never found a stray or lost animal.  I have no idea why, but it has never happened.  I've read stories and have known people who come across them all the time, but have never had this unique experience happen to me.

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? 


Unknown said...

No strays but plenty of lost owners looking for lost dogs and even if it took hours all ended well. Nothing nicer than seeing things work out.
Best wishes Molly

jen said...

I am prone to finding injured wildlife animals, I swear they know exactly where to get injured at:)

Jen said...

I've found cats a couple of times, and a dog only once, when I was little. It turns out the dog lived in the same neighborhood and had just walked out of his yard!

The Daily Pip said...

All of our cats have been strays. I am pretty sure there is a sign in our yard that says "free food this way". The cats always seem to know where to come!

Your pal, Pip

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

My Human says when she was a child growing up on a farm they had 5 dogs, all strays that people had dumped.

She and Papa, while traveling, found a 5 week or younger pup on the side of the highway. Another time while traveling with a load of horses and two dogs they found a mother dog with a litter on the side of the road. Picking them up wasn't an option so they put some of their dogs' food down for them and stopped at the next vet office and told them about the starving mom.

Just wanted to stop to see how your week is going. Hope it's great! Wishin' y'all a great and a wonderful summer and a relaxing weekend! Stay cool!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Sage said...

Many years ago, we moved to Boise and a stray cat found her way into our garage where she had a litter of kittens (3, I think). It was late fall and somehow she found a Christmas crèche sorta packed away in which to have her babies. We took them in and eventually found homes for all. In the meanwhile, the little dog we had at the time was their second Mother.