After our cat, Woody, came home lame with what turned out to be a puncture wound that became infected a couple weeks ago, we've kept him in after dark. He gets to go into the garage where he can hear the night sounds and look out the windows, but he's safely inside. He isn't a fan of this arrangement, but we felt it was the only sensible thing to do after what we suspect was a really close call.
We've heard of cats in the neighborhood disappearing, and today on Front Porch Forum there is a report of a bobcat in the Jug Brook Road area on the western side of Cabot. Several cats have gone missing there, and one person actually saw the bobcat with the family's missing cat in it's mouth. I can only imagine the horror of seeing that.
We have felt for a long time that Woody's luck might run out one of these dark nights. He enjoys hunting so much and used be out until the wee hours, and we hated to take that pleasure away from him, but like we say about various situations these days, times have changed - things just aren't the way they used to be. We hardly ever heard about bobcats and even more rare was seeing one. And there was a time when nobody had seen a coyote around here. Occasionally a bear, but not like now when bears are routinely sighted, sometimes even while they are enjoying a swim in the pond, and bobcats are sighted routinely. So times have changed, Woody my friend, and I'm sorry, but you'll just have to get used to being cooped up in the garage come night time. Actually, he's adapted pretty well. We let him in around 10:30 and he usually has a snack and goes to bed. He's mellowed with age, I guess. Aging has a way of taking some of the zing out of most of us, for sure.
Tomorrow is our last Joe's Pond Association meeting for 2016. We hope we have a good turnout - it's at 10 a.m. at the pavilion. The weather looks good, and I expect it will be a fairly short meeting as Tom knows everyone will want to get back to enjoying the last of their summer vacation time here at the pond. This will be the first meeting for Jack LaGue as treasurer of the Association. Also, Don and Diane Sherwood have just returned from a trip to the Olympics in Rio, so it will be interesting to hear how their trip went. I don't know of any "hot" issues to be discussed but our meetings are always fun and very social. I have to try to remember to hold that darned microphone correctly - I was informed by more than one person at the July meeting that I was doing it all wrong. I promise I'll try to do better . . .