It might be how you avoided them or how they captured your heart. Maybe it is how cute their photos on souvenir calendars and postcards or maybe you encountered some so desperately hungry they were foraging in garbage bins or begging tableside at a restaurant.
|"Mom" Cat just days before giving birth to kittens - Spring 2016|
And it wasn’t a case of me having ‘a’ cat. It has become a matter of how ‘many’ cats have us. That’s where culture and conflict come into play.
|"Muffin" short for Ragamuffin - new arrival Spring 2016|
Today, 36.1 million U.S. households own one or more cats,
for a total of more than 74 million pet cats.
--American Veterinary Medical Association.
|Stray - but well fed cats - in Monemvasia, Greece|
|Sign in a restaurant in Trahilio - The Mani|
“Unlike dogs, cats have become purely domestic pets only very recently, within the last 50 years. For most of their history, cats weren’t pets. Cats lived in and around human villages for millennia, but there is no evidence they lived in our homes.”
-- from “The Trainable Cat” a book by Dr. John Bradshaw
"Bob" for his bobcat ears - another new - desperately hungry - arrival at our house
“Six puppies abandoned in Ag. Nikolaos Monday, Aug. 10.
Six kittens about two weeks old dumped at Pantazi Beach the same day.”
-- from MIAO, Mani International Animal Organization
|Pantazi Beach below our home is a popular spot to 'dump' unwanted cats|
|"Mom" with her grown kittens last fall 2015 use my 'shelter'|
|"Tom" on the table, "Princess" in the chair|
|Tom and Princess sleeping on our couch|
Then Princess and Tom and Mom returned – looking healthy and not hungry when we came back in the fall. By then they’d put a strangle hold on our hearts. Mom had kittens to attend to, but we let Tom and Princess inside for a cat-nap or two.
|"Princess" napped while I worked in the garden|
It turns out Tom is my first Greek heartbreak, (sadly, I am certain he won’t be the last). Our neighbors learned that Tom had been hit by a car on the road not far from our house, was found by a Greek lady and was in such bad shape that the animal protection group was called and Tom was put down. That tug between head and heart continues . . .
|My tribute to "Tom"|
Called, MIAO, the Mani International Animal Organization, the group even helps relocate unloved and unwanted dogs to foreign countries. They’ve offered rewards to help find individuals guilty of poisoning animals (yes, poisonings do occur).
|A little stray watched us eat from this window sill in Monemvasia|
Should you find yourself in Greece, I’d suggest attending one of the animal group's fund-raisers as it is a great way to meet locals and it helps them help the animals. Or donate that small change you don’t want to carry home to them - many have collection jars at local businesses.
That’s it for this week. Hope you are enjoying the last of the season and looking forward to the next. As always, we appreciate the time you spend with us and thank you for sharing our posts with friends and family. Our travel season has begun, we are on the road hope . . .hope you'll join us next week!
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