Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
Another One Bites The Dust
by admin - 23:59 on 27 April 2012
No siskin is safe in The Rural Retreat's garden – today, a second unfortunate fowl fell foul of our marauding moggy.
The luckless bird was grabbed in what has become Bess's favourite loitering spot, hidden behind tufts of grass beneath the apple tree. I attempted to intervene but by the time I'd persuaded the small game hunter to drop her prey there was little life left in it.
Its nemesis spent the next twenty minutes skulking in a thicket of blackcurrant bushes at the bottom of the garden, shocked by being shouted at: pampered princesses aren't used to such brutal treatment. The consequence was that a 9am appointment with Dr Vet had to be rescheduled for 2pm.
Despite the evidence of abundant good health, a brisk examination by the doctor revealed a slight weight loss and a persistent heart murmur. More tablets were prescribed and a dose of wormer administered to a surprisingly acquiescent patient.
Dr Vet, who recently attended a medical conference in Edinburgh, had brought the puzzling case to the attention of a learned professor. Matchgirl was delighted that her prized pet was the beneficiary of such high-level interest, even though the prof failed to offer a penetrating insight. Our moggy's malady remains a medical mystery.
Marten Update: The Bushnell continues to be busy at night but evening sightings will be no more until the outside light is fixed. I'm sure that long-life bulbs are supposed to last more than six months.
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