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By Shiela Rabe
Shiela Rabe is a former RN with an interest in creative arts such as writing, quilting, craft sewing and water color painting. She is an avid observer of birds and has been an animal rescuer with the Uffda Fund for Animals, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 ...
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Shiela Rabe is a former RN with an interest in creative arts such as writing, quilting, craft sewing and water color painting. She is an avid observer of birds and has been an animal rescuer with the Uffda Fund for Animals, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation since it began in 2008. Shiela and her husband Bruce have lived in Cando for 13 years and have a family of rescued collies and kitties.
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Fluffy in the garden
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Fluffy in the garden
By Shiela Rabe
March 30, 2013 11:12 a.m.



  Seeing a cat enjoying the great outdoors in warm spring sunshine is a feast for the eyes. Cats are hedonists, existing for the pleasure of feeling a breeze stirring their fur, relaxing in a bit of shade after a long morning stroll through the garden. But look closer at dear little Fluffy. Her body appears at ease as she sits beneath a young box elder amid a host of dandelions. Her eyes are ever vigilant, on guard for a possible attacker, or the sudden appearance of her next meal. 

  Moments after snapping this picture I watched in horror as Fluffy instantly metamorphosed from peaceful, loveable kitty to savage primeval hunter, in three leaps taking down a beautiful Hermit Thrush. The ill-fated thrush thus joined the ranks of millions of songbirds killed by cats every year in North America. If Fluffy had been an indoor cat, watching the birds from a sun-filled window sill, perhaps the thrush might have gone on to raise a brood or two of little thrushes. But then I would not have had the opportunity to "capture" a memory of a cat in the garden.

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