Our cats became indoor cats when we moved here to the Maine coast a few years ago. I just couldn’t bear to lose them and we do have eagles and foxes and other predators who might LOVE a tasty, plump little morsel like Sophie or Phoebe. No problem for Phoebe, as she is more than happy to stay inside where it is warm and safe and where there is always food and water in their bowls. Sophie, however, lies in wait, looking for any chance to escape…and catching her is ALWAYS an adventure. Our house is in the middle of the woods…our woods have a couple of rough paths through them, but are mostly full of fallen trees and overgrown bushes and moss and the like. Sophie usually heads out into the woods, sniffing and slinking all the way. And she is quick…she stays just far enough ahead of me that I can see her (usually…her siamese snowshoey fur is wonderful camoflauge in the dappled undergrowth), but not close enough for me to catch. So, we have developed a little recapture strategy. I stalk her for a while…and let me tell you that it is much easier for a little 10 pound cat to slip under big logs and through brambles…and then I back off. I talk to her even when I can’t see her. It often takes a half hour or so, but somehow, she always makes me think that I have recaptured HER (when we all know that she has just decided that she has been outside long enough and that she is glad for the ride on my shoulder back into the house.
This morning was no different…it was only 33 degrees out this morning, so I was really surprised to find her outside while I was taking my morning photos…I have absolutely no idea how she slipped out, since all the doors were closed when I checked. Escape, however, was successful. She went a new way, a non-path under and over and through the mess of fallen trees leftover from our last wind and snowstorm disaster of November. I couldn’t keep up with her, so backed off early. We did our regular flee and capture routine and ultimately, she came to me as I sat on the fallen leaves. But as I sat there waiting for her to get all the adventure out of her system, I found these…they look like fossils!!! And I probably wouldn’t have found these specific beauties if Sophie hadn’t gone walkabout in this direction….thank you, Sophie!