Tuesday, January 24, 2012

local fauna

I promised no palm trees, so here's the local fauna report...

First spotting was Sluggo's head in the seat ahead of me. Yikes.

No matter the destination, whenever I have to leave my homedog behind, I sorely miss him. To me, dogs are always as important as anything else. Anyone who knows me knows this is just who I am. So whenever I'm separated from my better half, my canine appendage, my tail if you will, I tend to lose my place and/or my mind and become so distracted by even the sight of a dog that I drift off.

A few sightings yesterday made me realize that I may have a deeper condition than just abject doglove. Seems I have a limit for seeing nothing but humans for too long. The occasional company of any animal does a thing for my oxytocin levels which I can't deny.

I went to down the beach to Sunset Point last night to watch the you-know-what set and was thrilled to run into a familiar dog. She's sort of the official beach-greeter-bitch and is there every evening. An equal-opportunity friend, she seems to know that some people just need to get them some doglove. She always makes me feel good.

When I got back to the house, I was greeted by a little feral cat. We haven't seen our last feral, Fortitude, for a couple of years and miss him every time we come back here. This sweet thing was like a messenger and stayed long enough to meow and yeowl and rub against my ankles 'til they sparked and then was off down the beach.

Then, this morning, I saw my first holy-moly mongoose. Considering their local history, he did nothing for my oxytocin, but I did take note and a picture. It's like a Hawaiian raccoon. Garrett would know just what to do...


andrea said...

My sentiments (about dogs) exactly. As a child I loved visiting people because they often had dogs I could hang out with. Cats were OK, too, but my parents let us adopt a cat in a weak-willed moment - all I ever wanted was a dog, the best company ever. My dog is a shdow now. If she's not nearby it just feels wrong.

SamArtDog said...

What's a shdow? Like, a shepherd/chow mix?... bidda-bing, bidda-boom... (Sorry. I couldn't resist.)

Jala Pfaff said...

I have that same oxy reaction to all animals.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

There is no love like dog love.
Love the picture of ricki tiki tavi !