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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mr. Bradshaw has left

9/15/2011 Post Note!!! Mr. Bradshaw returned to the barnyard after 6 weeks. Where was he? He was fit, happy and unharmed. He was happy to see me, and I him. So next time he disappears, we won't give up hope for at least 6 weeks!

It's been three weeks and Mr. Bradshaw has not returned to Apifera. The last time he left us, he returned and and we were very glad to see him come back.

But he is older now, probably at least eight or more, not bad for a semi feral barn cat. He started out as quite the bully when he first arrived way back in '04 having wandered over to Apifera from one of the many nearby cat colonies. Within time, he warmed and mellowed and I could even pick him up, although not for long. One day I arrived in the barn and he had a gaping wound to the bone and muscle and I never thought I'd safe him from infection, but I did, and the hole closed in time. That was years ago.

Perhaps by writing this it will shake the currents in the air where ever he is, and like Dorothy looking into the Wicked Witch's crystal ball, he'll see me calling for him,

"Mr. Bradshaw, Mr. Bradshaw! Come home, it's late, Where are you?"

Where ever he is, in whatever form, I hope it has the feel of our barn, light coming in from a distant door lighting a chicken companion, and a horse to provide equine aroma.


Lisa Kaser said...

This is just such a beautiful posting, Katherine. Every word a sparkle. Love this.

Cathy said...

Oh no. Please come home, Mr. B!

Anonymous said...

I hope he's just visiting a nearby colony or another barn and that he'll return soon. I, too, have outdoor feral cats...in the city but in a sort of quiet, secluded neighborhood with alleys and underground irrigation pipes. But I always worry when they disappear. Often they return but sometimes they don't and I never know what happened. That is the worst...for me.

The Daze of Whine and Roses said...

Sending a prayer that he comes home

Rhonda B. said...

Oh, I pray that Mr. Bradshaw is safe, cozy, and warm! Do come home little guy!

Apifera Farm said...

Thanks, all. He is still where ever he is, and that's just the way it's going to be unless it isn't...so...the original barn cats dwindle.

Sandra L. said...

I know this is a little late, but I'm feeling sorrow at your post.

We lost our little rat, Willow, last week. Now my chinchilla is very sick. He is 11 years old, so it might be his time to cross the Bridge.

It is so sad when our animal friends leave us.

Peace to you.

Apifera Farm said...

A rat named Willow, how sweet- I'm so sorry for your loss. I had two chinchillas and those little rodents have such personalities. RIP , Willow.

Sandra L. said...

Thank you, Katherine. Chins really are quite the funny critters! Ours dislikes our other pets immensely. He thinks he's The Man, I guess!

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