Living out here, there is, of course, wildlife. We hear coyotes often, and see them not quite as often as we hear them. We’ve seen 3 bald eagles around the fields for the past couple weeks…in fact, Wednesday night, we watched one land in the middle of a flock of geese, kicking them up to the air, and then standing there, challenging the geese to land again. As they swirled around, we watched him turning on the ground, following them. Pretty cool.
Last night, Hubby spotted a fox in the field. I, of course, grabbed the camera and headed out to catch some pictures.
In that last picture, you can see some large brown things way up at the top…those are bison. 🙂 Not mine, but one day, they will be out there too! Then y’all will get tired of bison photos, because there will be a ton of them!
This is the 2nd cat we’ve had dropped on our property in the last 2 weeks. Frustrating, because I know people are just driving around looking for somewhere to dump them. Grrrr!! Here’s the thing folks…just because I have all this land, doesn’t mean I want your responsibility. If you took this animal, for whatever reason, you are responsible for it! Decided you can’t take care of it? For heaven’s sake, there are shelters you can leave them at…even out in the country! Don’t just drop it on the side of a gravel road, thinking “someone will look after it”. Not everyone is like me. Not everyone is willing to take in a dropped animal and make sure it’s safe.
Me, I’m a sucker. She cried and cried, and purred and snuggled into my jacket when we found her…at 1:30 in the morning, trying to jump into the kitchen window.
Some people suck.
We checked for an ear tattoo, but nothing. We’ve named her Heidi, and she’s moved into the garage with Max, Spooky and Fiona. Max ignores her, Spooky beats on her in a kitteny way, and well, who knows what Fiona thinks? We hardly ever see her. 🙂
Just over a week ago, Hubby was working outside, while I was working inside. When he finished, we decided to sit and watch some mindless tv together. 🙂
As I came out of the library/office, I looked out the front window and said “Uh, we have a kitten in the front yard!” After a chase, a near face clawing and a kittenly collapse from exhaustion, Hubby caught this ball of fluff. It clearly was not from around here, because it ran blindly, with fear, from all of us, and got caught up in some snow fencing.
Hubby came over to the pasture fence, and held up this little hissing thing…as tired as it was, it was still ready to start some shit, let me tell you! Well, to get out of the pasture, he had to climb the fence, so he handed the hissing fluff to me. I had a hold of its scruff and tucked the bottom end into my sweater…yes, I know, there was a chance to get pooped on, but it was cold, and the poor thing was so scared, I figured, poop or no poop, this thing needed to snuggle.
It snuggled in, and drifted off to sleep rather quickly. Once it was settled, I flipped the little one to see what we had…it’s a girl!
Hubby called her a “pretty little princess” to which we said “NO!!” Never, ever name a female “Princess”, because they then act like one. Since this one was so fierce, and regal at the same time, Princess fit, but, no spoiled princesses allowed! So, Fiona it was. 🙂
We put her in the kitty kennel in the garage, with food, and water, and left her for the night.
Since then, it’s been a hit and miss on when we see her. Until today…she came out and decided to play in the sunshine, and I was able to get some pictures.
We figure she was dumped here. What leads us to that conclusion is the fact that while Hubby was locking up the garage, he saw the same car drive past the property 3 times really slow…as in less than 5 mph. He figures on one of those passes, Fiona ended up out the window.
What makes me mad about this is if the driver had just come in the yard and said “Hey, want this kitten?” we would have taken her. It would have been way less stress on her, and so much easier to acclimatize her to farm life. Not to mention, it would have been the decent thing to do, instead of dropping her out a moving car window.
At least she’ll have a good home here.
Since I had written this before, I figured this was the easiest way to share again. Saving seeds on a farm is pretty important, especially when you find a variety that works for your land.
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