Then, around 9:30 tonight, I was walking by the front door (which is divided glass w/ wood) and Snooty Cat saw something that made her jump. I freaked & went to the door and luckily, it was just my next door neighbor. I went outside & talked with her for about 20 minutes, during which time the subject of the Fox came up. She said her son & a friend had been shooting hoops & noticed the fox on our cinderblock fence watching them, which made her nervous. I tried explaining to her that we've felt that we've lived in harmony with the foxes for many years, but she feels that the drought might have changed the rules with animals. I can sort of see her point and now I'm scared a bit. She was especially worried about her two little doggies that stay outside during the day when she works, which I can understand. They are little Yorkies, which could understandably be tasty little morsels to a larger beast.
Our cat Trouble hasn't had a rabies shot in a few years because now the shot is stronger & it isn't necessary every year. It's like every 3-5 years now. However, now I'm getting paranoid and don't want her going out until I can get her to the veterinarian. Needless to say, Miss Trouble isn't buying into this line of bullshit. When I try to make her stay in she does things like pouncing to the top back of my computer chair (while I'm in it) without prior warning. Talk about freaking me out! Or, she proceeds to leap to the top of the fabric blinds on the door. That's quite a feat, even for a cat. The bitch. Her other favorite ploy is to try and trip me as I go down the hall in the dark... all in an attempt to get me to let her go outside. She could make anyone except Mr. Snooty give in. Seriously. He's much tougher than I.
Anyway, the news reports are saying that Animal Control should be called to have the fox removed. (yeah, right) My neighbor says she called them last weekend and they came to get Felicia while we were gone to the reunion. Apparently, she was up on the fence and the Animal Control officer "shooed" her away. My little neighbor nearly fainted. I almost burst into laughter. I just knew she was going to say they took her away, which would have made me cry. Believe me, those Animal Control guys have been here before and they KNOW they can't catch the fox.
At any rate, they didn't get her and I wasn't here to witness all the drama. Seriously, though, I think they are talking about the foxes coming into town from the country because of the severe drought conditions, just like the rattlesnakes. They'd have to travel quite a long way to get to us from outside of town. Yes, I do realize that they carry rabies, but we've just never had a problem with Felicia. She gets all the water she wants when I water the garden and I constantly throw food out for her in the garden. Not to mention the tomato plants I plant for her.
So, maybe I'm being foolish, but I am not going to worry about her & her pups. She's practically tame, for Heaven's sake. Do any of you have any suggestions? Words of wisdom? Am I being foolish? I mean, I've always pictured myself as being a sort of Snow White type, thinking I can communicate with the animals, but perhaps that's just my Indian blood coming out when it shouldn't. I need some feedback here, folks. Am I an idiot? Or just someone who loves living in harmony with nature?