Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Neighborhood Stalker!

From time to time, I'll let our cat Norman outside to do things that real cats do, like catch wild animals, you know, like moths and flies. Occasionally I may forget that he's outside and fall asleep on the couch or go upstairs and spend hours on the computer.

Erin has always been worried about him being out there without us watching him because she swears that there are wolves wondering the neighborhood just waiting for a little kid or pet to be it's next meal. Now, we don't live out in the country, actually, we live in a suburb of one of the biggest cities in the United States. I asked Erin one day, "When is the last time you saw a wolf, or even a fox, walk down our street with the neighbor kid in it's mouth?" Her defense was that wolves and fox are so "sly" that you won't ever see them. That may be true, but you would probably know if the neighbor kid went missing.

Last night, Erin and I went to a show at our local movie theatre. We walked out of the movie theatre at about 11:00 PM and I saw what I thought at first to be a dog walking through the parking lot about 50 yards away. As I looked at it closer I realized it wasn't a dog, in fact it was a coyote! Before I realized what it was, I said to Erin, "Is that a wolf?" Her exact words were, "Oh Crap!"

Now, we were the last two people to leave the movie theatre so as we walked out, the manager locked the doors behind us, but we still had about 20 yards to walk (or sprint) to our car. A question came into my mind, do we race for the car or run back toward the theatre, pound on the door, and hopefully get let back in before the coyote gets us. If we race toward the car, we are running toward the coyote, if we go for the theatre, we are running away from the coyote, but we are also running toward a dead end.

We decided to hustle to our car! As we got close, and we were sure that we would get in our car before the coyote did, Erin decided to make a clicking noise with her mouth, as if she was trying to call the coyote over to us! I said, "What are you doing? Do you really want to be his next meal?" Fortunately, the coyote kept moving and didn't really seem to care that we were there. It scurried off into a townhouse complex.

Now, what would any good American do if they saw a wild animal go running through a neighborhood? Chase it! We drove over toward the neighborhood where we last saw the coyote but by the time we got there it had already disappeared into the night.

Hopefully nobody is waking up this morning, wondering why their cat went missing last night. Speaking of that, I wonder where Norman went too? I should go find him now that I just spent hours on the internet.

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