Hubby also, in fact. We've both love dogs and have always had dogs as pets in our childhoods. We as a family had our own dog (Rizla) who very sadly died in an accident over a year ago now. We have been talking of late, having settled on the Old Ranch in Joburg, of trying again. A visit to the local Dogs Home, excited talk about buying a new kennel/bed/bowl. We'd decided our hearts had mended enough to fall in love again. True dog lovers.
And then one day there they were. Two tiny little black kittens with their proud Mum (I'm certain she was showing them off) sitting in the warm sun on top of their log, and playing in the long grass below when they felt brave enough.
We were so pleased. To see them healthy and doing well. Especially having been born in a log in our garden in the middle of a stormy spell.
The kids were ecstatic! We've not been close enough to determine their sex yet, but they've been named Kitty and Cat and Mum taught her kittens well. They too would run and hide up a tree if they heard the children coming and soon we were putting food out more regularly and watching the kittens exploring their new world in our back yard.
All was well until one very sad day last month, whilst friends were staying, we made the shocking and upsetting discovery of a dead, Mummy cat on the lawn. It was raining, her body was drenched to the skin but we could find no injuries or signs of trouble. She looked just like she'd just curled up in the grass and fallen asleep.
So sad, we still wonder what happened to her.
|Natey, watching the "PUSSY CATS MUMMY, PUSSY CATS!!"|
If we manage to tame them enough for handling, then they're straight down the vets (bless them, don't tell them) but for now, they seem well and I'm just so glad they survived losing their mother so young and have stayed close to us, so we can keep an eye on them.
The seasons are changing now, Autumns definitely on it's way here in Joburg so we may have to rethink their sleeping arrangments and try to make them cosier.