Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Will they ever be friends??
Zebbie loves Angel. Angel does NOT love, like, enjoy, care for, or even want to breathe the same air as Zebbie. What is a dog to do? He will MAKE her like him. He follows her everywhere. He tries to kiss her. Her feelings on that? Not suitable for print.
Marmalade had another adventure. He asked me to tell you about it today.
Marmalade's Hummy Tummy
You all remember that Marmalade has no teeth and no claws, right? Okay. We can move forward. We have these huge wasps that look and sound like B-52s. They live in the ground and these are their holes.
This picture is fuzzy, but you can see the wasp at the edge of the hole. He was doing his morning chores - sweeping and dusting the front walk.. you know...
The wasps catch the cicaedas and ride them into their holes. The wasps use the cicaedas to feed their larvae. Anyway, it takes a lot of cicaedas to satisfy these wasps. Our back 40 is loaded with these holes. The wasps arrive in August and will be gone by September. (Their visits are short and effective, so we put up with them. Not that we have any choice in the matter...)
Marmalade enjoys catching and eating the wasps. He sits and watches the holes for hours on end just waiting for the perfect wasp to come along. He winds up his back feet as he gets ready to pounce on the wasp. Then he scoops it up, and tries to cram it into his mouth all in one fell swoop. The whole thing is pretty scary to watch! (Supposedly, the wasp doesn't sting. I'm not getting close enough to find out, thankyouverymuch!)
The other day, we watched Marmalade catch 3 wasps and actually eat one. We think it may have gone down whole because within 5 min. he was caughing it up. I bet it was buzzing around in his tummy. Marmalade had a hummy tummy! LOL!!
We don't actually like the thought of our cat eating bugs and other things that go crunch, but Marmalade has never looked healthier. This past spring we thought he may have been on his way out. He looked terrible. His fur was matted and gross. He had no spark. We gave him some canned food and that helped a little bit. He begged to go outside. We caved and let him out. Since he has been out hunting, he looks better than he has in years! His coat is beautiful - his whites are white and his colors are bright. There's something to be said for the extra protein in his diet...