Good morning everyone! Another cold start to the day. Speaking of the start of the day, which I was doing, let’s go in the other direction and talk about the end of the day. The end of Friday to be exact. Muffin was sleeping with me on the chair, to clarify she was sleeping, I was awake. I think it was around 8pm, or close to it. Anyway, Muffin woke up and ran to the window, which she could actually see out partially at the time and was looking off to the left. But she was scared. Like she had seen a bear, that kind of scared.
And she never settled down until we went to bed. I looked out the window, but because Muffin would not move out of the way, I could not see anything. But since whatever she was watching was off to the left, I went to the bedroom window which doesn’t frost over, figuring I could see what was happening out there. Wrong. I could not see a thing. I watched, but nothing. I looked and Muffin was still watching. Now, I could have opened the door to look outside, but I have learned that if Muffin is scared, there must be a reason for it.
So opening the door probably would not be a good idea. It could be a human type out there looking to get inside. So opening the door was out. So I kept looking out the bedroom window. But I never did see anything. And Muffin remained scared, following me around very closely and constantly looking toward the window, but she never went back to the window. Very strange indeed. There are only 4 things I have discovered that will scare Muffin like that. One is people, especially large men with beards. Two is bears, which are hibernating this time of the year.
Three is lynx/bobcats, which have been on my deck as well, though I am not sure if it was a lynx or bobcat at the time, I did not get a chance to see it well enough. Four is wolves, which do not hibernate, are big and nasty. Contrary to popular belief, wolves are not scared of people, except perhaps wolves that live far from people. The wolves here come into town all the time and have lost their fear of people. They have been on my deck several times since I have lived here, winter mostly, but also summer.
They started coming into town a few years ago looking for food and often kill cats and small dogs that people let run loose at night, even though the town has warned people not to let their pets out at night because of the wolves. I did see some very large tracks the next morning, larger than my neighbors dog tracks, so I will say it was a wolf. Hmm, this has gotten longer than I expected, but it is early and the birds are not awake yet and I will be going out shopping soon, so I needed something to write about. Have a wonderful Monday everyone, thank you for reading and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (top image is another view from along the path)
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