First was Strippey, who came to us badly hurt in a fight. It was amazing that he allowed Jay and Vicki to clean his wounds with no restraints and no sight of a claw. From his general condition we were not sure whether he had a home and called in the SSPCA to help and to have him checked for a chip. We heard that his owner had picked him up and that his wounds were on the mend. A few weeks later he was back but I think it was just to say thank you. He still drops by now and then ….never wants anything to eat …just a few words and a stroke.
The next visitor, around the same time, was Marvin, who used to stay in our greenhouse for a couple of days at a time, regaining strength with a meal and some water before moving on. He visited on and off for a couple of years but sadly we have not seen him for about 2 years now …I think he was quite old though.
Lastly Alice …well we were not sure whether she was a she or a he ….but as the face was pretty and her eyes soft, Vicki went for a pretty name …..we later learnt that she was a he …but we kept the name ….well its good enough for Mr Cooper !!
Alice has not been around for several months so it was great to see hear him at the window …waiting for his helping of crunches. I have a theory about him ….I think he drops by when hunting is scarce in the snowy and frosty times…he’s been every day this week. Apparently all un-neutered males develop broad jowls especially if they live in the wild. …originally we feared that the lumps were tumours when we found them on both Alice and Marvin ….but apparently its normal….I think it gives him a more masculine look.
BTW … the original definition of a Gentleman of the Road is …. A "man of leisure" who spends his days rambling from one place to another, with a cheerful smile and a knapsack and stick over his shoulder, greeting people warmly and brightening up their lives ….fitting I feel
. ….nowadays …. sadly …. it means just a vagrant or tramp.
Take Care xx