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The Calico Cat


When the Captain and ten-year-old Ruby went for a pheasant walk through the fields, the first thing they scared up was a beautiful calico cat who was also hunting by the side of the road. Ruby was startled and made a few leaps in the cat’s direction but the Captain called her back. I was surprised to see that Ruby was so quick to obey when the chase instinct must have been strong.dscn6774a

The cat was taking no chances and leaped up into the safety of a nearby cottonwood, and there she stayed, long enough for me to get some pictures anyway.  dscn6790a

As I zoomed the camera in, I noticed what a pretty cat this was. Not just your run-of-the-mill stray hunter.dscn6789a

And what gorgeous green eyes she had! I wanted to ask her to move her head so that twig wasn’t in front of her face but she wasn’t budging. She was safe in the tree and that’s where she would stay until all danger was past.dscn6788aI didn’t want to think about the baby birds she might have killed this spring. I preferred to think about the mice she catches so the prairies won’t be overrun with them.


The calico cat

Is not getting fat

But she’s keeping the prairies clean.

Oh mouse, you should run.

For the kitty, it’s fun

Though I’m sure you would think she is mean.

The calico cat

Has no cozy mat

By the fireplace, safe in a house.

She still needs to eat

And she’s quick on her feet,

So run for your life, little mouse.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

28 thoughts on “The Calico Cat

  1. Aw…great pictures, Anneli and I love the poem!

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  2. Oh she is a beautiful cat – surely someone’s pet originally

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  3. A gorgeous coat..and thick for winter. How clean she is, like a little dog I know who gets her beard and paws washed daily.

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  4. Beautiful cat, and beautiful poem! Seeing this was a good start to my day.

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  5. Such a beautiful cat! She looks very well fed and healthy. Great photos. 🙂

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  6. Nice poem and a beautiful cat – very nice pictures!

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  7. Lovely picture of the cat. Reminds me of the poem by Eugene Field:

    The gingham dog and the calico cat
    Side by side at the table sat.

    Not in your case, especially when the gingham dog and the calico cat ate each other up and never left a trace!

    Enjoy your journeys.

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  8. Twig or not it’s a lovely shot. Enjoyed the poem too!

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  9. Oh, she looks JUST like my Sloopy Anne!!! Her back is not quite as stippled with tan/black/tan/black, but everything else, even her face markings with the black half-mask!!!

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  10. That really is a beautiful cat. Nice shot, too. Cute poem. 🙂

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  11. That Calico cat is super cute! If only I had a cat like that! I love the poem by the way!

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  12. What a nice post. I love that close-up of the cat. So beautiful!

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