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It was a lazy summer afternoon, and my cat Prissy and I were in the backyard contentedly lying in the sun. Suddenly a large Mockingbird swooped down out of the sky and bumped into my cat, then flew to an overhead branch to screech in protest of the cat's presence. Prissy fled, seeking solace beneath the tablecloth that covered the picnic table. I didn't think too much of it until Prissy finally ventured out, only to be attacked again! This time she ran into the Snowball bush and hid. I have to admit that she made a beautiful picture with her furry face peering out from the brilliant blue flowers. But I was mad now. My poor cat shouldn't have to hide out in her own yard, especially from a bird. I ran inside and got my grandson's water gun. The bird simply dodged the water and flew from branch to branch, determined to get rid of Prissy. I took Prissy inside. Later in the day she and I were sitting on the front porch swing when the bird found us and attacked again. In seconds my husband, disturbed by the ruckus, burst through the front door Rambo style, with an even bigger water gun. This did not impress the bird or persuade it to leave, but it gave me a good laugh. The bird attacks went on for about two weeks. I didn't know what to do. I love birds, but I was getting some pretty mean thoughts about this one. Yesterday evening I happened to notice that it was quiet again on the front porch. No bird. I glanced across the street and noticed a smaller version of the Mockingbird sitting on a fence, spreading and closing it's wings as if exercising. I glanced around and saw the parent birds, calm and sweet as we've come to know birds to be. I smiled and realized that I'd experienced one of Nature's most beautiful moments...and realized the love and dedication that goes along with parenting :)
 

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I know squirrels are supposed to be bad little varmints, but I love them. I rescued one from inside the ceiling at the sorority house using a live trap. I didn't have the nerve to take the trap out of the ceiling. The maintenance man did that, because this critter had made it clear that if it could get to me I was in big trouble :) I did feed it water through a straw and some peanuts though. When we let it out in the back its sibling ran up, sniffed it all over, and then both squirrels leapt for joy! I hope your husband doesn't get hurt, Onesockchef. I'm glad you all liked my story. :D

[ June 24, 2001: Message edited by: Pastachef ]
 

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Bravo, Papa! You are right! I hate the hunting instinct in cats, but I love cats. They have to be restrained to a great degree, or watched closely by the owner. Besides, if you love your cat it is safer to keep it in conditions where it can be closely watched. :)
Hello again Papa. I had company come in while I was trying to respond to your post, so I'm just getting back to it. I feel so bad for you and your wife in the death of your little chipmunk friend. How devastating! And it was so sad that your neighbor had such an uncaring attitude about a helpless living creature. Thank God for the caring people in the world like you and your wife.

[ June 24, 2001: Message edited by: Pastachef ]
 

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The bell collar is a great idea, Iza. It warns other wildlife that a cat is around. I'm a little afraid of collars too, because cats like to climb and could easily get it hung on something. I always read that the stretchable ones are safe.
 
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