We are believers!
We thought abaguchies* were only true in kiddo books, meant for someone else, but not for us. But, it is out to get us, that’s the way it seems, howlin haunting all our dreams…..
And then we heard it roar, Now we are believers, Not a spoor
Of doubt in our minds, We are stuck. We are believers, we couldn’t outrun it, if we tried.
So, remember that cougar that was sighted in town? Well, last night, while feeding the dog, BondServant (aka Minijavabean #1) heard what she described as “…a shrill owl screech, followed by a growl that made the hairs on my neck and arms stand straight up.” The second the growl/roar/snarl ended every dog within miles started barking. The thing that frightened M#1 so much is that the barking moved across town, from far away toward us, as though whatever it was, was on the move toward her.
Now, I pause here to say, were it Minijavabean#3, my Cream of Gentleheart Soup child, the fear factor wouldn’t have come as a surprise. However, Minijavabean #1 is far less apt to a) be startled, let alone, b) be down right scared.
So, today we will institute the Clark Cougar Precautions. There will be no further playing outside near/after dusk. There will be no playing outside alone. All children will practice waving their hands and yelling. (like that needs practice??) There will be no letting the dog out by herself for any length of time and further more, at her first bark, we will bring her in immediately. The rabbit will have to be moved “in” (the garage) for the night. AND the dog will have to be fed in the morning, rather than the evening. (There is NO way I’m taking any chances of Lu leaving even a trace of raw meat in our yard over night.) If any of you more “countrified” folk have other suggestions, we’re quite open. Suffice it to say that noise we heard last night was a great motivator for being cautious.
*Abaguchie and kiddo books = Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s book, “Boys Against Girls” This series is a HOOT! I literally laughed over one part of one of the books so hard, I fell off the sofa! Numerous times we have had tears rolling down our faces from laughing so hard! Excellent read alouds!!!