I was sitting outside painting my toenails — the sunlight is far better for accuracy — when all of a sudden I heard the most awful screeching I’ve ever heard. Moses, my 14-year-old-masterful-hunter black cat, emerged from the neighbor’s sheep pasture through the mostly overgrown fence-row carrying something in his mouth. As he ran past me into the house — still carrying said critter, squalling, in his mouth — I jumped up to chase after him, fussing at him the entire way and not knowing what on earth the cat dragged in. As I reached the living room, right on his heels, he had already dropped his prize. As it scampered away for shelter behind one of the stereo speakers, I finally realized that what Moses brought into our house was a baby bunny!
It was about twice the size of a hamster. The poor little thing was so traumatized that I easily captured it, without touching it, in a small critter carrier after moving a few pieces of furniture around to get to it. I gave it a little while to calm down in the safety of that carrier until I herded all of our cats indoors. This also gave me the chance to look it over, making sure Moses didn’t injure it. Thankfully, it didn’t appear to have any physical injuries, not even any puncture wounds. It hopped around a bit in the carrier, so all bones seemed to be in their proper place.
After doing a quick search online, I realized the best course of action would be to release it close to where Moses brought it through the fence. From what I read online, mother rabbits will call to their babies for their nightly feeding should they wander off from the nest. By this time it was already getting dark; so I ended up creating a little nest out of cedar mulch in the shelter of the fence-row. I was careful not to touch the baby because I didn’t want to take the chance of its mother smelling my scent on her baby. I even placed some lettuce and carrots out there with the hope that this would entice an adult rabbit to come along and help. I sat outside with the baby for another 15 minutes before coming back inside.
After a little over an hour, I went back outside to check on the baby. As soon as I walked out on the back steps, I noticed an adult rabbit sitting in the yard. Flashlight in hand, I walked back over to the fence-row where I “nested” the baby. It was gone. I’m really, really hoping the baby made it back to its mother safely. It. Was. So. Adorable! Aside from the fact that this is probably the most precious gift my cat, Moses, has ever brought me, I have to say that I gave him the most stern scolding I could invoke for having snatched this beautiful baby bunny from its family.
Moses unfazed by his scolding is grounded indoors for the night.
And I smeared every single one of my toenails in the process of all of this, lol.
Green Eyes, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.
One more post today since I cleared off my camera earlier and found this photo of Dasha. She’s such a patient model, especially when she’s in her favorite spot on my lap (getting a belly rub). Those eyes! I was surprised that I captured a perfect reflection of the lamp in her pupil.
I wanted to get my daily photo posted before midnight, so I’m posting this one as the best in the series of photos I took a few minutes ago. Yes, I know, much later than normal; but I got a little sidetracked today. I’ll be updating this post in a little while with a few others that I wanted to put together as a series or maybe a triptych.
I wanted to share this second group of photos because I thought it would make a good public service announcement and reminder about pets and chocolate. Any time I am taking photos, Sasha loves to be in the middle of whatever I’m doing. She is our most curious and playful kitty. These are a few out-takes from yesterday’s daily photo, showing her most mischievous side. Don’t worry, I took the Hershey’s Kiss away from her immediately after she batted it off and gave her a more appropriate toy. Chocolate is toxic for cats and dogs; so remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Life gets particularly hectic this time of year. It can be especially tempting for pets when human treats like chocolates are more readily available in the home. From PetMD:
Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to cats: caffeine and theobromine. When ingested, these two ingredients can lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your cat.
For more information about chocolate and your pet’s health visit:
Ya know, it’s a wonder my computer’s mouse works at all with as much cat hair as these guys leave behind on my desk. I’ve already had to replace it once. It’s an ongoing battle of dominance for the coveted bedding spot beside my desk. Dasha has taken to climbing up on my desk to bathe Moses until he either relents his position or challenges her to a staring contest. She rarely wins those. Thankfully, Moses chased her off today before I completely lost all feeling in my fingers! Haha! I almost didn’t upload this one as my daily because of the blur, but I decided that the blur added a bit of action to the photo. It’s also a perfect example of a daily occurrence that I find to be one of the most enduring aspects of the friendship that our cats have developed with one another.
Sasha just can’t resist rolling around on her human’s t-shirt when he gets home from work. She’s quite the gymnast. My boyfriend does construction work and it gets hot up on a roof. Hope that helps explain her obsession, lol.
I tried filming her with the curtains open and all the lights on in this room. It still came out dark. The brightness adjustment is pretty obvious and I’m still having issues getting the aspect ratio the correct size, apparently. For future reference, though, I think I’ve figured out my error and how to change that. It *is* a learning process.
Music: Rags to Riches Rag by Jason Shaw @ audionautix.com
You can visit his channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/audionautix
Cats are a joy!
Between my boyfriend and I, we have 5 cats. Yeah, I know, that’s A LOT of cats; but they provide us with so much entertainment and love that we just couldn’t part with any of them.
This is a slide show response to Plinky.com’s prompt: Share a picture of something that makes you smile. I really enjoy blogging and sharing my creative efforts with everyone. I’m finding the video making process is a nice way to mix a lot of different aspects of my creativity together in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of previously.
I’ve been watching a lot of the acappella multi-track videos which are totally amazing and wanted to give the process a try for myself. I’m using some pretty limited free software right now, so it was a bit of a process. However, I was still pleased with the results and the education experience was well worth it!
These are the photos that always put a smile on my face when I see them.