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Bird Predation

 I was sitting outside with the cats about sundown, and a flock of birds came swooping over low, pursued by a hawk.. The hawk landed in the almond tree for a moment.

This morning, I noticed that a cat has dragged a dead dove into the garage, to the edification of the kitten.

I recently read that outdoor cats like mine are the most successful hunters of any sort of cat. Because I feed them, they have extra energy to expend and can be more reckless hunting than wild cats. Because they hunt more, they tend to catch more.
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Big Cold Rainstorm Tonight

The dogs were happy when I got home and let them in the house. The storm was just starting. Ugly weather. When I went to feed the cats, all five were waiting in the garage.

I'm now bundled up on the couch, listening to the wind and rain.


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Dinah Drama

Dinah ran off during the late afternoon walk. Halo and I calmly walked towards where she went, and managed to climb a steep railroad embankment, and she suddenly came back to us, but from the opposite direction that I expected.

I didn't yell at her or punish her, but she still seemed traumatized for a good while, even after we came home.


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Caturday

The black cat is missing, but perhaps he just isn't coming when called.  He is my most far-ranging cat, very strong and healthy. 

The tabby cat was in the house tonight, and while I was petting her, her purr reflex kicked in for the first time.
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Chilly Mornings

We'll have lows in the mid-30's tomorrow. Typically there are still about 6 weeks until first frost. I picked hot peppers and a few butternut squash today. I'm dehydrating then freezing the peppers, and the squash (being winter squash) goes on a wire rack in the garage. I will pick tomatoes tomorrow.


I think the cats are developing a thick winter coat.
Now that tabby cat is coming in the house, along with tuxedo cat, I'm petting her more. She looks so much like a cat that I had years ago.
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Howling Wind

The wind is really howling today, but there's no talk of a power shutoff because there's no fire danger in my area.

The open tracts of land are agricultural, and too well managed to have wildfires.

This morning, we didn't walk under the trees that edge the canal, or the little thicket by the creek.

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El Camino

 A movie sequel to Breaking Bad, where Jesse makes his run to freedom.

I watched it last night, and  it held my attention, which is praise, because most movies and TV can't.
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Cats

The tuxedo cat and tabby cat always come inside for a bit every evening, while the dogs are outside. The tabby cat isn't a lap cat, but she likes to be petted. The tuxedo cat loves to sit on laps.

I go out of my way to interact with all five cats.

Today, I picked tomatoes, so after every row, I sat down with the orange cat. 
The kitten was always close by.

I pet the black cat when I feed him, which is amazing. He was an adult feral. I never thought he would reach this point.


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Nobody's Dog Is Dead

Dinah found the feisty little "feral" terrier dead, down by the creek.

For years, I thought someone owned him. He always barked up a storm when he saw us, but I did try to feed him at one point, and made overtures to rescue him.

He was the sort of dog that animal control would have destroyed.

If his body is still there tomorrow, I'll try to bury him.
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Runaway Horse

 While on our evening walk, a saddled horse came galloping up the street! When it turned towards us, the dogs and I stepped back into cover, and the horse passed us and stopped.

I walked the dogs to a neighbor's house with horses, and a neighbor came out and led it to his stable for safekeeping.

They didn't recognize the horse. I wonder if it threw somebody, and how far it had run?

The dogs found the whole drama fascinating, and didn't bark or scare the horse.
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