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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cat Chasing This Morning

This morning we had some excitement around our little farm. The day before yesterday Tip was getting chickens back in the fence and she was having to retrieve one from the side closest to the cotton field next door to us. My eye caught a flash of black and white streaking into the cotton. It was so quick I thought maybe I was just seeing things. I went over to make sure it wasn't a chicken. That might be disastrous if a chicken got in there, I don't know if they are smart enough to find their way back out. No chicken that I could see.

My eyes did not decieve me. I DID see what I thought I saw. As I went out to put Phoenix in his porch enclosure this morning I looked over to my left out of the porch and slinking along the garage on the patio was a black cat with white markings. Stalking chickens that were behind the fence, just minding their own business. Sneaking back in to the house quietly I whispered for Tip. She came barrelling through the house as usual, ready to do her duty. I stopped her short of the door and explained to her that she was not getting chickens this morning. I told her "There is a CAT. Get the CAT". Now she knows about getting cats. I will tell you why later. So she was primed and shot out the door like a lightening bolt onto the porch, me racing to get the porch screen door open and her shooting out into the patio...no cat...but we know cats...it was around the corner not far we were sure. I told her to "Find the CAT" and she was on the trail...quickly finding it hiding under the front porch there was much scrabbling and the cat shot out from under the end of the porch with Tip right behind. Both were incredibly fast.

Now we dont have many trees. Matter of fact what anyone would consider a real tree, a mature tree with shade to offer...well we are just fresh out. The cat headed for the one tall tree we have out front and was half way up before it stopped. Tip was pumped, she was hoppin' and a barkin'. It took some convincing but I got her to come on back in. I left the front door open so she could watch the cat in the tree. After a few minutes the cat started to get down. I sent Tip out there to send it back up the tree. She excitedly did her job once more. I wanted this cat to know we meant business and didnt want it to stick around. One more time Tip came back in. I let her watch at the door but this time I let the cat get down. Tip was going nuts barking and whining as that cat ran like its tail was on fire out towards the road and into the cotton field across the road. I dont think we will see it again. ;)

Normally I dont worry about cats too much. We have had a few come and go around here. They will come around at night and catch mice. But I do have one small hen out there, Dorothy. She is a silkie and very small. A cat could probably kill her. So I have to look after her, even though she does have Rough and Rowdy to protect her, and believe me they are fierce protectors of their lady, I dont want to take chances that someone gets mortally wounded if I can help it. This is the first time I have seen a cat take interest in bothering the chickens...so it had to go. And go it did.

I almost forget to tell why Tip is well schooled in getting the kitty. Back before our cats got old and didnt care anymore (we are down to one 17 year old) they liked to try to get away with popping their claws on whatever was handy be it the couch or the carpet. When one would pop, I would tell Tip GET THE KITTY, or GET THE CAT. She would haul butt through the house after the offending cat, chasing it into hiding. After a while, I didnt have to say a word. Tip would hear the popping noise and go after the source. Cats lick too much in my opinion also. It can get quite annoying. Likcing leads to massive hairball logs being vomited somewhere strategically placed so you can step on it in the dark as you go to the bathroom at 3 a.m. in the morning. I have had cats that would be so obsessed with grooming they began to eat their hair off their bodies, so I like to keep the grooming to a minumum as they are after all inside cats and just dont get that dirty. So following the same rules...STOP LICKING provoked the dog to come running to stop the offending cat. Now let it be known that you have to remember, Tip is a herding dog so she never actually makes contact with her "prey" so to speak. That would not do. But to have her hauling butt towards you and come within an inch of you staring you down is enough to get anything moving...lol.

Anyway...that is the story on that.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone for coming to visit my journal. It really does mean a lot to me that you stop by and take time out with me. I know I still have some that don't comment, and thats okay...come on out and say something one day if you feel so inclined.

Lisa I am so glad to hear you are feeling better...don't over do now, you don't want a relapse. Hestiahomeschool wrote that her husband wont let them have two silkie hens because they already have too many animals. Hm...welll...I will tell you...Ian and I have an agreement. I can have as much as I want as long as I take care of them and he doesnt have to do stuff. I think I am at my limit right now as I do still have a lot of time taken up with my daughter...but I sure do wish I could have a few head of miniature cattle...but WOW they are so expensive! So how many animals do you have anyway? Paula that is an iron rooster! That thing sat in a neighbors garage for over twenty years. She knew I loved chickens so much and showed up with it one day when she was stopping in to buy eggs. She said it had just been sitting there and she never knew what to do with it til she met me. She knew I would love it, and of course I do. It had a few cob webs on it and some oil spilled on it, but I cleaned it right up and I liked it so much I put it in the house instead of hanging outside somewhere to get dirty again.

Well its time for me to go visit all of you now...I need to catch up on putting all my new friends on my side bar here sometime soon too. I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday.

 

 

 

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11 comments:

mumma4evr said...

wow!!!  look at those shining eyes in that tree!!!
Becky

madcobug said...

Bet it wil be a wile before the cat comes back to visit. No, you cant have that getting one of your chicks. Tip is a good dog and pretty too. Helen

plieck30 said...

Wow Tip is worth a lot to you not just as a pet but to help you out. I love the pictures. Those cat eyes are beautiful. Paula

wwfbison said...

I love the picture of Tip at the bottom of the tree barking at the cat.  I don't blame you for wanting him/her chased off, I would hate to see it hurt any of your chickens.  Tip is an amazing dog, I wish my dogs would stop my cats from preening all the time.  It gets downright annoying!  I love coming to your journal, I have learned so much about chickens and so many other things too.  One of these days I am going to get some "fancy" chickens, you can bet on it!!!  :)
xoxo
Lisa

ally123130585918 said...

Hi Kelly, Isn't Tip the clever one you have trained her  so well ~ Love the picture of her at the foot of the tree and the one of the cat up the tree ~ glad Rough and Rowdy are there to protect Dorothy it would be awful if a cat got to her ~ Ally x

gen0507 said...

Hey Kelly, boy Tip is really after that cat!!!  I bet it will think twice before visiting again.  Tip is such a smart dog.

Hollie

geocachelinda66 said...

That is an awesome picture of Tip treeing the cat!  Linda

deshelestraci said...

Great story, complete with pictures!  Love the one of Tip treeing the cat!
Traci

acoward15 said...

Good entry. Love the pictures.
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bowyerlori said...

HI KELLY! WHAT BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR JOURNAL! I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG. MY CAT IS SO BABY-LIKE! SHE CRADLES IN MY ARM LIKE A CHILD AND IT GIVES ME COMFORT. ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH WITH BRANDI LATELY. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET NOTIFIED WHEN YOU OR ANYONE ELSE MAKES AN ENTRY IN THEIR JOURNAL? I AM HAVING A HARD TIME WITH THAT AND CAN'T REPLY OR MAKE COMMENTS TO ANY OF THEM UNTIL I GET AN ALERT THAT MINE HAS BEEN COMMENTED ON.
KEEP WRITING! I LOVE READING ALL ABOUT YOU AND THE ANIMALS AND EVERYTHING GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE.
LOVE YOU...LORI

magran42 said...

A man in our town keeps those herding dogs.  I think he calls his border collies.  I'm glad you explained that cause I could just see some people getting upset about the dog/cat chase.

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