I have frequently written about our two dogs but rarely have I mentioned that we also have two cats. Here they both are on top of the kitchen cupboards a couple of years ago when we had another dog visiting. They dearly love our dogs but have little tolerance for any others. Emily , the grey one thinks she is a dog and will answer to her name and come running and beg when her treat container is rattled.
Jesse, the fluffy one is a true cat. She tolerates us at best and will not answer to her name or to anything else.
On Thursday, Jesse (also known at Kit Kit) went outside and did not come back. All day Friday I went out periodically to call her... now there is something inherently stupid in calling a cat who you know will not come when called. But there I was anyway...flashing the flashlight under the verandah and the back deck, calling plaintively and trying to hear a respondng mew from anywhere. I hoped she was up a tree and afraid to come down rather than that she may have fallen prey to the coyotes, or racoons, a fox or a hawk ...all of who live around here.
Finally when I had just about given up hope I called again at 9:30 last night...did I say there was something stupid about calling a cat who won't come...well calling a cat who won't come when you are in your nightgown and bare feet is really pushing it! Anyway I did hear a little meow. I was just glad that she was still alive even if she was stranded up a tree. It was too dark to go scanning tree tops at that point.
I made one last effort at 15 to 10 and there she was in the back yard...I attempted to herd her into the house (you've heard that expression about herding cats? It's impossible) Anyway I finally got close enough to pick her up and she is now home again safe and sound.