What Was Francesca Hunting For?

Posted by Sharkey

While we were outside yesterday, I noticed that Francesca was staring intently off in the distance.  I just assumed she was squirrel hunting.  As it turned out, she wasn’t hunting that little beast, but something entirely different.

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Francesca, what are you doing?  Hunting squirrels again?

1 Francesca, what are you doing? Hunting squirrels again?

Not this time, Sharkey, though I do often stalk the bird feeders for squirrels.  Today, I'm on the lookout for an entirely different animal!

2 Not this time, Sharkey, though I do often stalk the bird feeders for squirrels. Today, I'm on the lookout for an entirely different animal!

What kind of animal, Franny?  Maybe I can help you spot it!  Was it another red-tailed hawk or a wild turkey?

3 What kind of animal, Franny? Maybe I can help you spot it! Was it another red-tailed hawk or a wild turkey?

Neither, Sharkey!  Earlier this morning, when I decided to take a little nap in the grass around the corner...

4 Neither, Sharkey! Earlier this morning, when I decided to take a little nap in the grass around the corner...

I caught something out of the corner of my eye...

5 I caught something out of the corner of my eye...

Dogs sleep a lot to conserve energy for hunting and we can wake up at a moment's notice, so as soon as I sensed another creature around me, I was alert!

6 Dogs sleep a lot to conserve energy for hunting and we can wake up at a moment's notice, so as soon as I sensed another creature around me, I was alert!

And there it was - a cat!  But not one of our cats, nor one of Betsy's cats...it was a stranger cat!

7 And there it was - a cat! But not one of our cats, nor one of Betsy's cats...it was a stranger cat!

Now, even though our breed is quite domesticated, we still retain many of our territorial instincts.  I couldn't help but begin to growl and stare down this stranger!

8 Now, even though our breed is quite domesticated, we still retain many of our territorial instincts. I couldn't help but begin to growl and stare down this stranger!

I didn't mean to scare him; I actually wanted to introduce myself and make sure the cat wasn't lost.  He might have needed my help, but I went and scared him off, regardless!

9 I didn't mean to scare him; I actually wanted to introduce myself and make sure the cat wasn't lost. He might have needed my help, but I went and scared him off, regardless!

I know that we should be ambassadors of the farm, Sharkey, and it's not polite to growl at visitors, but I couldn't help it!  My canine instincts simply took over!

10 I know that we should be ambassadors of the farm, Sharkey, and it's not polite to growl at visitors, but I couldn't help it! My canine instincts simply took over!

Francesca, I don't blame you for how you reacted.  I would have done the same thing!  I'll help you keep an eye out and if we see that cat again, we'll try to help that good buddy together!

11 Francesca, I don't blame you for how you reacted. I would have done the same thing! I'll help you keep an eye out and if we see that cat again, we'll try to help that good buddy together!

Comments (13)

  • Hi girls,
    This is getting to be a routine with me waking up and then of course I have to check the DW out. I would be careful of that strange cat with the new little kittens. It may just be lost or it could be a wild cat. If this keeps up with all these critters making their way onto the farm, you could take visitors on a Wild Animal Safari Tour.
    Zoe, your dad will be good as new after his surgery. Tell your mom we are all here for the both of them. You and your mom will be good nurses to him. Rebel, don't worry about your ducks leaving, there will always be more coming to visit again next year. Cora-Belle, you're funny but I hope Lucinda and James don't see that you called them turkeys or no more maple bars for you. Hehehehehe
    I'll catch all you maniacs in the morning.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Good job Franny the last thing you need is another hairball around the farm. We have one that sort of looks like that coming around our house. Mom feeds two stray cats she even named them. When the one she named Scary walks by the window we all go crazy and it stops and looks then proceeds to the food bowl. Mom had a feeding hut built for the hairballs so they can eat and stay dry - go figure.

    Dad goes to the doctor today so hopefully we'll get a date for surgery. Thank you everyone for your concerns and I promise I'll be good and help mom nurse him back to good health. I just hope it doesn't take too long I don't know how long I can hold out ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s good to see you are getting the picture Franny; cats are for chasing. There is a stray cat that keeps coming around my house. When I’m out, I give him a good chase. It’s been so hot lately that I try to stay inside as much as I can. I did find out one thing yesterday; no matter what Mommy and Daddy do to keep me from biting my tail, I’ll always find a way. I found that if I hold my hip just right it will catch the edge of the “cone” and let my head move to the edge and then I can reach my tail. Hehehehehe. Now I have some more medicine on my tail and have to spend time out with Mommy or Daddy.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • I've got to say that you ladies look so cute sitting side by side!
    I wonder who the kitty belongs too? Such a mystery to figure out!
    We used to have a kitty with no tail come through the yard, but I haven't seen him is a very long time. I wonder where he is? That's my mystery to figure out.
    Mimi is sitting here drooling. She just finished looking at Martha's blog about a cooking class in Italy. She'll be daydreaming all day about that trip! LOL
    Another quiet day here for me, that's just okie-doke.
    Til tomorrow GlueSquad friends.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You two girl friends sure do look cute in these photos about finding that lovely cat there at the farm! I understand why you growled at it because I do the same thing even though I love cats! I guess it's because I'm protecting my area, too! That cat reminds me of my good buddy Bogie who now lives in Puyallup and I haven't seen him for about a year. Kirby, how is your tail now, hope it's better! Baby Favor, hope you get some rain soon! Sonya, Gail, and Missy Chow sure hope all is well with you! Cora-Belle, you are such a fun friend who does some unusual things and I love it all! Maddox, hope you got some good rest and can't wait to hear from you again today! Zoe, you are being an angel taking care of Dad and helping Mom! Hope all of you delightful buddies have a great day and can't wait to hear from the rest of you today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Maddox, Zoe, Lynn, and my glue squad friends,
    I am so relieved to be back at the daily wag after a computer scare yesterday. I love speaking to my glue squad friends and seeing how everyone is doing each day. You are all important to me.
    Francesca it is natural your wolf dog instincts would take over and growl at a stray cat. After all you don't want him to bother Empress tang, Bartok and crew. I think its nice you both decided to help him out next time.
    Zoe, I certainly hope your dad does well with his surgery and doctor appointments. Maddox, i can't tell you how happy i was to see you online, hugs to you handsome fellow! Cora belle, hope you are eating lots of maple bars and chasing critters. Rebel, our duck friends periodically leave the pond and others take their place all the time so no worries. Missy Chow, Sonya, Delia, Kitty, Chloe, Poco, Nicky and kris high paws to all of you. Lynn, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you hold a special place in our heart. Take care glue squad, Abby and James Dean the persian feline alias "big foot"

  • Oh Oh a feline furball!! ;-) wonder where it came from, it didn't seem too scared otherwise it would have been gone at the first sight of man and beast, oops, I mean dog... :-)

    We had a family of Turkeys come through our yard with babies(Poults)what funny looking birds.

    Zoe my dear, I pray your Dad will be OK and have a successful surgery, when ever that is.

    Hope everyone is well...how is my friend Lynn doing?

    Hugs to all,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • I try to read the blog once a week and catch up on the adventures of the 3 Dogateers. It's been a sad week for me I had to say goodbye to Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow on July 4th. She lived a long and happy life here with us and stayed longer then we thought she would, until the end she was alert and trying her best to stay with us. She was very tired and her hind legs filled with Arthritis. She loved life and I miss her insanely but I know we will meet again. I used to call in to Ask Martha and talk to Martha about our Chows over the years and to Dr. Marty. Thank you at MSL for being animal lovers. I enjoy the blogs here and will continue to read them when I can. Happy to know you are here.
    Pam
    RIP Mrs. Bosley she was 16 years old and four months

  • Oh dear...

    More cats! :)

    Maybe he heard there was an opening for another cat to move in?

    I hope he finds his way back home. Poor little guy.

    On a different note... every time that I see a photo of the two of you shot from behind I have a urge to want to scruffle the back of your necks. Your necks looks like a great place to scratch! And, I bet you mind it too boot.

    Keep us updated on the newest wanderer to visit the farm.

    gail- resident neck scruffler! :)

  • ...strange kittie..hmm..it looked fat and healthy bet it sneaks around all the time and you just never saw it before...cats are sneaky guys!!..Sorry to hear about Mrs. Bosley.., though she is in good hands..our departed buddies are watching over her...more plumbing under the house..bet there will be a lot of swearing..James says Lucinda is absolutely no help when it come to plumbing projects..something about handing him the wrong tools...hmmmm!!!..so I think I will keep my old cattledog butt out of the way...have a good day all my buddies...Cora-Belle

  • Don't worry Raven baby, you didn't know what the critter was and it could have been a threat to your home and family. I'm sure the two leggies will keep an eye out for the kitty in case she is in trouble and needs help.
    Thank you, Miss Jan; we are still hoping for rain, too! It keeps missing us. Mom says our grass is as dried out and brown as it would be if this were the end of August. She's still watering the shrubs and trees and flowers on the porch, but says the grass will just have to fend for itself.

  • Hi everyone,
    I am so sad to hear the news about Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow passing away. I know when I first started commenting on the DW which was about a year ago, I think, and I was happy to see there were other chows on here. And then she wouldn't post too often but I looked for her comments every day.
    Pam, I hope you continue to post once in a while. We all want you to know we are here for you. Karen said that when she lost a lot of my relatives in the fire/ explosion, this was blog was better than any therapy she tried. She wanted me to tell you that she knows exactly how you feel. Her very first chow died in the fire. She was going on 15 at the time.
    Basil and all the rest of our loved ones that are at the bridge will take care of Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow and the Glue Squad will support you if you let us
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Thank you Maddox,
    I remember when Martha lost her first GK in that explosion and how sad we were at how many chows passed as well as the gas man getting so injured and all the other dogs passing. It is going to be hard for us again tomorrow as we pick up Mrs. Bosley's ashes and bring her home to rest here with us. One day I plan to be buried with her ashes. My other chows have all been buried on our land over the past 40 years but now we live in no land type home and no place for that any longer. She lived a happy life. I don't know if I will ever get a dog again I hope to once I finish grieving, lots of dogs need good homes. It will surely be another chow chow. I remember bugging Martha so much to get another chow after Paw Paw because I just couldn't believe no chows with Martha. She is a wonderful sharer of the breed, she needed time as well and finally got the first GK then later this GK and I love seeing him. They are regal and beautiful and steadfast and true to everyone in the family. I remember Karen and donated money to her for her fund to get back up on her feet. Mrs. Bosley will always be with me and we will see each other again one day. I'll only get another chow because I just love them so much such excellent companions always.Love & smiles,
    I know Mrs. B is looking after us all from above and running now she loved to run until Arthritis took over her hind legs, but she could still kick up some ginger now and then at 16.
    Pam
    Pam

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