Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The prodigal cat has returned! Well, actually she didn't return. I had to go out looking for her. The rain was torrential all afternoon. Just before sunset it let up slightly and I said (to myself, of course) Hell, it'll be dark soon. I'm going out looking for Scruffy!"
Despite my bad back and aversion to water, I pulled on my hiking boots and ventured into the soggy, muddy, bug-infested forest. A half-hour of searching yielded no sign of Scruffy.
Then, a brilliant thought flashed in my seriously muddled brain: I might be searching in the wrong direction!
An aside: brilliant thoughts are so scarce in my mind that they actually startle me.
Anyway, I turned around and started heading east instead of west - constantly yelling "SCRUFFY!!!" as the rain began pouring down again.
When I got near the neighboring cow meadow I started hearing what I thought were feeble me-ows. I wasn't exactly sure, because the wilderness plays tricks on what's left of my mind. Once, I thought I saw Elvis kissing Eleanor Roosevelt. Another time I heard Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations.
That was an attempt at humor.
Now would be a good time to laugh.
The more I called, the more I heard feeble me-ows.
Scruffy appeared out of the bushes and tall grasses. To say that she looked like a drowned rat would be an understatement. She was soaked beyond recognition. I snatched her up (opposed to down) and carried her home.
To make a long story short (which is actually completely impossible at this point), I used a hair-dryer on her, towel-dried her, and brushed her fur. That took an hour. Then I gave her plenty of food and milk.
Scruffy is a cat who generally purrs constantly. So far she hasn't purred at all and looks kind of traumatized. Finally, she jumped on my bed and joined me for a nap.
Presently it's nearly 10:00 p.m. and all three of my cats are sleeping. I just made a very late supper and plan on feasting.
I'm sure that Scruffy will be purring again tomorrow, and perhaps so will I.
I tried to reply to all of your comments on my previous post Missing , but for some reason none of my replies would go through. I kept getting some kind of an error message. Anyway, many thanks for your kind thoughts.