Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cat Burglar

For over a week, we've had an intruder in the garage. The ripped garbage bag tipped us off. We suspected a possum, so John set the Have-a-Heart trap. However, the slice of bread he used for bait didn't tempt the intruder. The intruder prefered licking the dog bowl clean and polishing off any cat food I'd left for our resident cats.

A week ago, we set up one of our game cameras and got some pictures of the intruder. Obviously, despite its ability to rip open garbage bags, the intruder is no possum:

For a week the cat and dog dishes have been licked clean. And the garage litter box had obviously been used. Last night we set the camera again. The same critter was still there:

And it was busy in the wee hours of this morning:

While we close the garage at night (to prevent critters from coming in—a ploy that obviously hasn't worked), the garage is open from early morning to almost dark. Why hasn't this kitty left?

Anyhow, if this little kitty is yours, please come reclaim it.




Blogger Amy Tate said...

awwwww. I love how they know when folks are cat lovers. I wouldn't be surprised if this intruder is a Mommy with a litter of babies somewhere.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Roanoke RnR said...

Becky, where did you get that game camera? I'm still having problems by my outdoor pond and would love to catch the culprit on camera.

7:34 AM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Kitty has found what it needs in your garage, looks like!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Roanoke RnR, we bought our Moultrie at Wal-Mart. W-M has them during hunting season, and we got a good deal on two of them at the end of the 2008 season. However, any outdoors store should have them. Amazon has them, too.

This model takes an SD card, plus it has a USB cable to download to the computer.

Hey, you could use it to keep tabs on your kids, too!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

The kitty left the building last night. Don't know if she'll be back or not. (She knows where the food is, anyhow.)

9:41 AM  
Blogger Roanoke RnR said...

That looks perfect. Thanks!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I bet kitty will be back. She knows where food and a litter box are. I bet she even has a special place in your garage that she sleeps.

8:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Neat camera! Should get one for the deer in our yard so we can wake up and catch them in the act of eating our shrubs.

The Blue Ridge Gal

9:52 AM  

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