Unusual #Feline Friends--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Many of the photos I snap of Bonnie and Clyde (the strays who visit us regularly twice a day and Clyde sleeps around our yard most of the day) depict their relationship with each other--washing each other, playing with and tousling over each other, napping together.  But recently I caught several other unlikely companions that Bonnie and Clyde came upon and captured their attention.

Our most recent daily distraction is a rooster our neighbors named Chester. This brilliantly colored "guest" first made his appearance at a distance. We could hear his morning crowing but had not sighted him for several weeks.  Then one morning he appeared at the corner of our property but seemed to be more "at home" in the neighbors' yards.  But slowly, Chester began to make more appearances and ventured into our neighbor's garden, then our yard.  Now he has no qualms about walking right up to our back door.

I was concerned at how Bonnie and Clyde would react to Chester's presence.  Actually I was concerned about Chester's well-being!  But those concerns were soon put to rest one morning when Bonnie and Clyde spotted our visitor and were more curious than fearful. Bonnie boldly ventured up to the garden to observe Chester up close and personal. Both she and Chester seemed to accept the fact that they were going to co-exist in the neighborhood and they needed to give each other space. Clyde was a bit more reserved in his interactions with the rooster.





In a couple of other photos, Bonnie is curious about some other less responsive friends. Here she seems to be having a conversation with our wrought iron door stop. The black cat seems to be whispering secrets in Bonnie's ear.


One afternoon Bonnie ventured down to a newly created garden with pampas grass, forsythia and a white pine located at the rear of our property. She walked right across the newly mulched area to greet the small fawn statue that I had given my husband for Christmas over forty years ago. She seems to have approved and, after a short "conversation," she moved on.


Our back yard always seems to attract a variety of "guests" from the occasional stray cat captured on our trail camera during a nighttime visit, to our other nocturnal visitors--a raccoon and an opossum, to toads, chipmunks and even deer, pheasants and wild turkeys.  Living in a rural area provides a wide array of wildlife that we never experienced up close and personal when living in town. You just never know what you'll see next when you look out the window or open the door...and Bonnie and Clyde are usually right there in the middle of it all!   

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

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