A New Generation Rises from the Ashes
This is Katya, daughter of Lili of Kia of Tika of Sheba and Coy. She was born in the early morning of Monday, October 5th, 2009. Katya is the newest member, the fifth generation of our pack of livestock guardian herding dogs. Yesterday, on her eighth day, she began to open her eyes. Words can not properly describe the specialness of a new puppy – Our brains are hardwired to the cuteness of babies. Her conception was both a poignant beginning and end as we lost her great grandfather about a week later. Katya is the future in my hands.
Speaking of a need for guardians, while out and about yesterday afternoon I saw the local catamount crossing a field about 100′ from me. It was close enough that I got a really good sense of its size, about a foot longer than our biggest dog Hagrid. The coat was close to black and the tail was a long whip. It was right in the middle of the field and moving slowly with feline grace. I saw it walking and it took me a moment to realize what I was looking at. Then it turned its head toward me. We looked each other in the eye for a moment before we both continued on our way. Holly and I have seen it at greater distances and its tracks in the snow but never that have I seen it this close nor this early in the day – 4:37 pm with bright day light. This was way too up close and personal. While I think they are beautiful animals I would rather not have them near the farm. Out west they’re known to hunt people. This makes the third time I’ve clearly seen the cougar here, despite the state of Vermont declaring the big cats do not exist. Phantoms don’t come out in the day light and they don’t leave foot prints or kill sheep.
Outdoors: 43째F/26째F 4″ Snow, Overcast
Tiny Cottage: 67째F/59째F