Marty usually hangs behind us, sniffing things and climbing trees. Then he races to catch up and flops on the ground, often panting. I then give him a minute to catch his breath and we carry on. So at one point on this walk, I noticed that he was no longer behind us and I turned around to head back about a block to the last spot I remembered seeing him. He normally meows when he loses sight of us and I know to turn back or call him to us.
I walked along calling his name and then I saw him under a car on the other side of the street. I thought, what the hell is he doing under a car? Considering he is a very brave and curious cat, I've never seen him hide before. We crossed the street and I called his name again. He took comfort in the sight of his dogs (I know it wasn't me) and came towards us. Then I saw it. A big brown menacing cat that was hot on his trail. Marty ran behind a big bush and the cat crouched into a pouncing position. I wasn't going to just sit by and let him go after Marty, but I by the time I could walk closer, he was sure to be on top of my cat. The dogs stood next to me, probably wondering why we just turned around to look at an ugly brown cat.
So I gave Kaya the cue to go over to the cat. Now, she really didn't give a shit, but since I told her to "go say hi" she marched on over to check him out. I knew she would be fine since not only is she known as the cat whisperer at home, but she's also experienced plenty of random neighborhood cats hiss in her face and run away, while she looks at them like they're crazy. So as Kaya approached, the cat quickly backed down from his attack position and darted under the car where he had Marty pinned earlier. I called Kaya back to me and we were on our way. Marty happily ditched his position behind the bush and marched proudly behind us once again. Now I know Kaya wasn't really defending her cat, but it turned out to be a good story anyways.
|All's well that ends well.|
Kaya: The Cat Whisperer & Her Sidekick Norman