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      Wednesday, June 02, 2010

04:09 PM - 06/02/2010

The topic: I love you, too, but…


Okay, we’ve had a gopher in the backyard for most of this year. Done some major lawn damage, no dirt piles, but lots of tunneling and it’s just an amazing feeling when you’re walking along and find yourself starting to sink.

The cats have spent lots of hours just waiting by the holes.  And sometimes they do more than wait, they’ll actually start to dig to get to this damned gopher.

Well, earlier today, Skippy caught it.  I saw he had something in his mouth and went out to make sure it wasn’t a bird. I’d save a bird.  I wouldn’t save a gopher. 

And even though it was obviously alive, I did not save this gopher.  A while later he was sitting by it, he’d killed it. 

A while after that, I saw Peter had found a fine fresh nom.

Then I was sitting here trying to figure out where that set of demo plugins came from on Paint Shop Pro, I’ve had them for years and they’ve never worked and I kind of liked the idea of getting rid of it.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a couple of cats by my chair, didn’t think much of it, kept working.

Then I looked down.

Oh, lord, it was the gopher.  It was very, very nasty. It was two pieces held together by entrails.  And Spot was just sitting there, looking at me, just as pleased as he could be.  “Look what I brought you to nom!” 

I got up, stepped over it, got about three paper towels, folded them over on themselves, picked the carcass up and took it out to the dumpster.

I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

Those are the kind of presents I can do with out, but it’s sweet that they do it.  Sort of.  I walked out of my house one time years ago when I was in junior high and the cat we had had killed a rabbit and left the body right at the front door.  I walked out, saw the gore and screamed.  RIP Gopher.  Way to go kitties!

Posted by Lisa @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 2:33:02 PM

I got one of those love offerings, too. I was taking care of a girlfriend who eventually died of breast cancer, God rest her soul. They had 2 dogs and 5 cats, and the whole menagerie, I swear to you, the whole crowd presented themselves to me as one of them dropped a dead mouse at my feet. What a crew! I said, Oh, THANK you!

Posted by Carol @ Friday, June 04, 2010 - 2:34:30 PM

My mother once had a cat that left her “love offerings” in shoes.  Mom always turned her shoes or slippers upside down and shook them before putting them on.  The same cat also took her freshly caught mice into the bathroom, dropped them in the bathtub, and then dispatched them there.  Mom was always cleaning the tub with bleach or Lysol!

Posted by Trudy @ Sunday, June 06, 2010 - 1:18:25 PM

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