Lutz, Florida (high 87, low 71)
Al was feeling a little better yesterday, so we decided to go look at a dog/kitty stroller we had found on Craig’s List. Margie and Roger have one for Annie and Buddy, and dogs really seemed to enjoy riding around.
We feel kind of sorry for Baxter. He’s a kitten living in a small space. He is not allowed outside, and every time he starts acting like a kitten, he gets in trouble. (scratching, climbing, attacking) There is not much room for him to chase around and the other cats aren’t interested in playing with him. To them, he is a big pest.
Al thought if we could take him outside in a little stroller, it would give him some stimulation and help to entertain him. We had priced them at pet stores for $150. Out of our budget.
We found one on Craig’s list for $45. It’s a heavy duty model (good for fat Bax) and was like brand new.
I am the worrying type, so he also has to have on a harness with a leash….just in case he were to accidently escape.
Here is his new stroller. There are drink holders (good for happy hour strolls), and a compartment underneath.
Here he is investigating it for the first time. Doesn’t he look cute in his new red harness?
That harness needed to come with a video to figure out how to get it on him the first time. Between a squirming kitten and too many straps…we had a little trouble getting it on him correctly.
We took him for a ride around the park last night. He behaved himself and really seemed to enjoy it. Of course he got lots of attention.
I never thought I would see Al pushing a baby stroller…. We never had any kids, so no baby strollers in our past (or future).
I mentioned on my last post that the parents of the Sandhill Cranes left their two babies (colts per Judy). I had thought they were too young to be left alone, and Judy confirmed it. So we have been worrying about them for the past few days. We’ve wandered around the park looking for them. I even looked into some finding a wild bird rescue group, wondering if the colts were going to be okay without their parents.
This morning while drinking our coffee, we heard some cranes flying over. They have a very distinctive call. The two colts were right here. We ran outside, and found one adult had come back. One of the colts was a bit agitated and had his feathers all up as the adult walked up to him. A few minutes the other adult came over, to the same reaction. I think the youngsters were mad for being left! We fed them a few peanuts and pieces of bread, they ate and then wandered off.
So, Judy, is this normal behavior? We are sure the adults were gone, because we looked all over for them. Where did they go, and why did they leave their babies?