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#1 2017-08-13 17:03:36

shaneb99
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Stray cats in the moonlight

Sounds like a 1960s jazz band doesn't it? Last night about 2am the dogs were barking and growling right under our bedroom window. I got up and had look out the window but could only see our 2 white dogs after something under the lilac bush beside the house. So I grabbed a flashlight and headed out for a look. Believe me there's nothing like stepping on a thistle in your bare feet to wake you up.  When I got around to the side of the house I could hear something growling and hissing back so I knew it wasn't a skunk or porcupine. When I pushed the dog out of the way to get a better look  it took the opportunity to bolt out the back of the bush and over a trellis to get away. At least that caused the dogs to shut up so I went back to bed.  In the morning when I went to feed them both dogs were laying under a willow down by the garden. Sure enough there was a grey and white tomcat sitting on a branch about 6 feet up. When it realized I had seen it it sprinted away with the dogs in pursuit, up another tree, down the other side, over the fence and into the trees along the irrigation ditch out of reach. One dog sat there to make sure it wasn't coming back but I headed to the house for breakfast.

I don't think it's a threat to the adult birds although I'm sure it would take chicks if it has a chance. Hopefully it was enough of a scare that it stays away.


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#2 2017-08-13 17:31:24

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

How's your foot?


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#3 2017-08-13 18:31:11

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

We've had a stray tom hanging around for about a year - much to his disappointment, all of my cats are fixed - and he hasn't harmed anything.


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#4 2017-08-14 00:57:53

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

I just love the story of how the thistle became Scotland's emblem: ( From http://www.scotclans.com/scotland/scott … d/thistle/ )

Late in the summer of 1263 King Haakon of Norway, now intent on conquering the Scots, set off with a sizeable fleet of longships for the Scottish coast. Gales and fierce storms forced some of the ships onto the beach at Largs in Ayrshire, and a Norwegian force was landed. Legend has it that at some point during the invasion the Norsemen tried to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear. But as they crept barefoot they came across an area of ground covered in thistles and one of Haakon’s men unfortunately stood on one and shrieked out in pain, thus alerting the Clansmen to the advancing Norsemen.

His shout warned the Scots who defeated the Norsemen at the Battle of Largs, thus saving Scotland from invasion. The important role that the thistle had played was recognised and so was chosen as Scotland’s national emblem.


(But, in order not to hijack the thread, we can pretend that the soldier stepped on the tail of a stray tom cat...... and it was the cat's yowl that alerted the Scots.)
PS: More kitty trivia:  There was a group, not jazz, but Rockabilly,  called the Stray Cats, in the early 80's .

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#5 2017-08-14 01:20:10

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

Robbie wrote:

I just love the story of how the thistle became Scotland's emblem: ( From http://www.scotclans.com/scotland/scott … d/thistle/ )

Late in the summer of 1263 King Haakon of Norway, now intent on conquering the Scots, set off with a sizeable fleet of longships for the Scottish coast. Gales and fierce storms forced some of the ships onto the beach at Largs in Ayrshire, and a Norwegian force was landed. Legend has it that at some point during the invasion the Norsemen tried to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear. But as they crept barefoot they came across an area of ground covered in thistles and one of Haakon’s men unfortunately stood on one and shrieked out in pain, thus alerting the Clansmen to the advancing Norsemen.

His shout warned the Scots who defeated the Norsemen at the Battle of Largs, thus saving Scotland from invasion. The important role that the thistle had played was recognised and so was chosen as Scotland’s national emblem.


(But, in order not to hijack the thread, we can pretend that the soldier stepped on the tail of a stray tom cat...... and it was the cat's yowl that alerted the Scots.)
PS: More kitty trivia:  There was a group, not jazz, but Rockabilly,  called the Stray Cats, in the early 80's .

and my apologies for adding to the hijack  hidxing


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#6 2017-08-17 04:07:20

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

Yardbirds I meant to do that a couple days ago and you beat me to it. So I'll add this one for Robbie.


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#7 2017-08-17 04:18:28

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

.thumbsup. :melikey: .veryfunny.


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#8 2017-08-17 05:01:10

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

Did stepping on the thistle make you do the stray cat strut?

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#9 2017-08-17 13:46:01

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

I miss the '80's.................  :dance"

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#10 2017-08-17 16:39:12

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

BTW Stepping on the thistle didn't make me shriek loud enough to wake a sleeping clans man but it did prompt a few choice expletives. Just walking on the dry grass stubble in my barefeet had me doing my own version of the Stray Cat Strut.


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#11 2017-08-17 16:44:40

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Re: Stray cats in the moonlight

Brian Setzer the lead singer of the Stray Cats is still around. He has a swing band. About 10 years ago I went to a Jump Jive/Swing Dance bar in New Orleans. There were kids there dressed up like zoot suiters dancing just like this. It was a lot of fun. And no I didn't try it.


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