Cats in My Life: Meet Pumpkin
Pumpkin was part of my life for about ten years. She was one of three cats who lived with our previous tenant who lived in the mobile home across the driveway from us on our property. Each was unique, and each was kind enough to be sociable with us from time to time. Pumpkin was the one I was most attached to. She is one of the sweetest cats I've ever known. Her temperament was calm and she was friendly. That's her on the chair outside our door. It's a favorite place for visiting neighbor cats to hang out, as you will see later. We have cleaned up the porch since this photo was taken.
Pumpkin is a great hunter. She was very helpful in keeping the gopher population down. Below is one of a sequence of photos I took of her eating a gopher. You can see its little feet and another part of it to the left of her. It's red. Yes, it's gross, but cats are carnivorous and God made them to keep vermin down. Pumpkin was very good at that.
The time came when our tenant needed to move on, but she couldn't have the cats where she was going. I said we'd care for them as long as necessary. So we began to feed them. Quite naturally, they missed our tenant. They still spent a lot of the day hanging out at their old home. You can see that Pumpkin isn't exactly happy in this last photo. This is the side of the mobile home that doesn't face us. We were still in the process of making repairs and fixing it up for the next tenant. Pumpkin is lying on top of the air conditioning unit by the front porch rail. The window behind is reflecting the yard behind.
I miss Pumpkin. Our tenant sent her friend to pick up the cats when our new tenants, who had four cats and a dog of their own moved in. She was afraid the cats would not mix. I hope Pumpkin is OK. I hope her owner finally found a place where she could have her pets back again. Pumpkin will always have a special place in my heart.
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