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Just Another Rainy Day

Well, Johnny is taking advantage of the day since all it has been doing is raining since I woke up.  Since he is sleeping, I figured I would go through some of the pictures that I took yesterday down by the lake.

The ducks definitely know how to read, no doubt about it.  They moved on down the lake shore to another spot where the city hasn’t put up signs saying not to feed the waterfowl.

Yes, it’s popcorn.  I have a thing about following rules that I don’t totally agree with.  I don’t give them bread or caramel corn like some people do.  I know those things aren’t good for them.

Two years ago, there was a big open field at the end of the park where you could see hundreds of geese practically any time you went down there.  Of course, the city in their efforts to turn Virginia into a real arts and crafts community, is planting community gardens everywhere.  So now the geese are coming up into the park.  They chase everything.  They chase the ducks, and they chase any people who just happen to be walking by.

The ducks don’t seem to be too bothered by the geese.

Nor do they bother this little guy.

Or this little guy who wasn’t going to leave until he got some popcorn.  This little fella was just about 2 feet away from me when I took the picture.

Then there was the one picture that I missed, and I will probably never see again.  As I was sitting on the bench, I saw a gorgeous red-tailed hawk.  You see them out in the country, but very rarely do you ever see them in town.  He flew right over me and landed on the top of the fence that was behind the bench.

Then, about a second or two later, I saw an eagle.  The eagle came right over my head and scared the hawk away.  He then landed on the fence right where the hawk was sitting.  I grabbed my camera and lined up what I thought was going to be the perfect once in a lifetime shot.  The eagle spread his wings and I was getting excited.  This was going to be a beautiful shot.

Just as I went to snap the picture I heard a beep and my camera completely shut down.  Damn!  It as at that moment that the batteries decided to go dead.  I tried to power up the camera again but it was no go.  I lost the shot!

Oh well, maybe next time…  I hope…

 

Creative Gardening

I LOVE DRAGONFLIES!

 

The top picture is one of my own shots.  I have no idea who took the other shots below, but I would love to have both of those in my back yard.  Well, that is if I had a back yard.  I’m quite sure my manager would have a fit if I had these in my living room.

 

 

 

The kitten is Gone

I couldn’t sleep at all last night.  I haven’t seen the kitten at all down at the park for the last couple of days.  I went down to the bench last night to see if I would see him.  No such luck.

While I was there, I ran into a woman who I usually see walking her dog.  She told me that when she was in the park early in the morning, she saw a city worker down there with a 5 gallon bucket.  She said hello and noticed that in the bucket was the body of a grey and white kitten.  It was the one that I was after.  The city worker told her that somebody had broken its neck and threw it under another bench.  I sat down on the bench and all I could do was cry.

This bench was my favorite place to go when things got crazy and I just wanted to get away from the world.  I’ve been going there constantly during the summer months over the last 3 years.  I don’t think I will be going down there anymore.

When I got home I went online and checked the county jail roster.  The meth head that gave me all of the trouble was released the day after he was arrested for banging on my door and threatening me.  I’d bet my last dollar that it was this idiot that killed the kitten, but I don’t know that for sure.

I could never imagine doing such a thing to an animal.  If I ever witnessed such cruelty, and I have, I would be on the phone to the police to turn this guy in while he was still standing there looking at me.  I have no respect whatsoever for such a person and I truly hope that there is a special place in Hell for animal abusers where the animals get their chance to fight back.  Sorry, but that’s just the way I feel about it.

I guess Johnny is going to have to wait for his playmate, and I hope that whoever did this gets everything that they deserve and more.

 

I think the quest to catch the kitten may be over

I’ve gone out 4 times in the last 3 days trying to catch the kitten, but I’ve had no luck.  I run into the same meth head that scared him off the first time again two days ago.  This time as soon as the kitten came out of the bushes, this guy ran after him and started throwing rocks at him.  One of them hit the kitten.  I think this guy scared him too badly for him to get close to me again.

This idiot turned around and decided to take a swing at me.  He may have ended up with a broken nose.  For sure he took a swim in the lake which he wasn’t planning on.  Then he made the mistake of following me home.  While he was standing outside yelling and swearing at me and pounding on my door, I called the police and had him arrested.  Hopefully that’s the last I’ll ever see of him.

As for the kitten, I think I lost my last chance at catching him.  I’ve seen him twice down at the bench since the last incident, but he wouldn’t come anywhere near me.  He came out of the bushes, stared at me for a few minutes, but as soon as I moved he took off.  I went down to the bench earlier this morning, but the kitten was nowhere to be found.

I’m terrible when it comes to animal cruelty.  I’d like to take that meth head out and throw a few rocks at him.  He was so bombed out of his mind that when he took his first swing at me he missed by a mile.  The second swing almost connected, mine did.  I really do hope his nose is broken.  When he turned, I planted my foot in his backside and sent him right into the water.  It wasn’t the best outcome to the situation, but it worked for me.

The police officers who came to pick him up told me that I was lucky.  The last person this guy went after he knifed in the throat.  Hopefully I’ve seen the last of him.

I’m still going to keep an eye out for the kitten.  I think he knows that somebody treated him right when he came to the bench.  Hopefully he’ll get close again.  One of my friends said that on the times that he did get close I could have just thrown a jacket or a bag over him and brought him home, but I didn’t want to do that.  I really hoped that I could get him to trust me.

Hopefully I’ll get another chance, but I’m not going to hold my breath on it.

 

Is CBD Right For Your Pet?

This is one of the things that I’ve always had questions about ever since the first time I heard about giving your pets CBD oil.  While CBD oils have a proven track record with people for relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many of the major problems with cancer in humans, their is very little research into it effectiveness or safety with animals.

I know people who have used CBD for pain and inflammation cause by severe arthritis, and for the pain caused by Crones Disease for a long time.  Recently, I met someone who is using CBD for a senior female cat with extreme hip problems.  This pet parent decided to try CBD after the cat had a severe reaction to another medication commonly given to pets for this problem.  So far the results have been promising.  Because this is a subject of interest, I plan on keeping up on this very closely.

The articles below are the most informative articles I’ve found on the topic.

We Gave Maple the Cat CBD for Seizures. Here’s What Happened
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about treating pets with cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

The Science Behind Giving CBD & Cannabis to Cats and Dogs
A growing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets?

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This Totally Infuriates Me!

This Totally Infuriates Me!

I realize that this article is from 2016, and some of you may have seen it.  When I first saw it on another blog, the person posted one picture, very little information, and no source links.  I just saw that somebody reposted this on Facebook with a link to the article.  I reposted the entire article here because it was too irritating to try to read it on the site with advertising popping up and sliding out about every 7 or 8 seconds.

I find it so infuriating that anybody would ever do anything like this.  I literally fell into tears when I read this.  I won’t say what I would do to a B@$&@*D like this because I’m quite sure I would get in trouble if I did.

This Poor Cat Was Thrown Out onto the Street with All of His Stuff

When adopting a companion animal, there are some people who may not realize how ill-prepared they are to care for another living being until it is too late. Unfortunately, this does lead to hundreds of dogs and cats being abandoned each year. In fact, it is estimated that there are now approximately 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. alone! Sometimes they are dropped off at shelters but sometimes their owners are so ashamed that they simply dump the poor creature on the street.

That’s what appears to have been the case for a cat who was spotted on the side of a street in Brooklyn, New York this week. Found sitting next to a box of cat supplies and a litter box, the feline had clearly been abandoned.

The male cat was heard crying frantically by passersby and shortly after, the Flatbush Area Team for Cats, or “Fat Cats,” posted photos of the kitty on their Facebook page. It seems that a street sweeper actually scared the adorable boy away, and so, Fat Cats urged people to keep their eyes out for the cat.

Concerned Brookylnites literally took to the streets soon after the Facebook photos posted, and looked for the cat high and low. They even found another stray cat, while they were on the hunt. This second cat, Martin, is currently in their care and is also in need of a loving forever home.

Seeing as though so many people concerned over the well-being of an animal they do not even know personally really should restore our faith in humanity – even just a bit! Instead of focusing on the flagrant neglect and cruelty this cat’s owner demonstrated by dumping the helpless animal on the street without food or water, we choose to celebrate those which are trying to help this cat get the love he deserves! We hope from the bottom of our hearts that this little guy is found soon and learns that there are some kind humans out there!

UPDATE: After many days of searching, the kitty who was abandoned with his belongings in the street – now named Nostrand after the street he was abandoned on – finally turned up in the backyard of a cat rescuer named Karen.

FAT Cats updated with the following:
“We immediately brought him to get vetted, and screened for a microchip. No microchip, but we are happy to say he is a healthy 1 year old male, FeLV/FIV negative, who was treated for fleas.”
“If you would like to donate for his vetting and eventual neuter you can do so here. We are an all volunteer group, no donation is too small and we are so grateful for anything”!

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