As usual, Little Fennick has been vigilantly joining us on our evening walks about the mountain.
We used to have quite the menagerie of animals tagging along on our hikes: two Labradors out in the lead, two goats walking alongside the humans and a trio of cats trailing behind.
Sadly the Goaty Girls, Feta and Fiona, are no longer part of our farm family. They each met separate, yet equally horrific, accidental and untimely deaths. But that’s a story for another post, another time.
Nowadays it seems that Meowson (our other fluffy orange barn cat) is growing too old and much, much too fat to keep pace on our outings. He still devotedly joins us, at least until we reach the crest of the driveway, and then he conveniently disappears into the brush where he naps until we come back. He must keep watch, because once we come within view of the driveway we always see him saunter out into the road, where he patiently waits for us to come to him. Then the lazy ball of fur rejoins us for the short skip down the driveway to home.
I’m not sure why our grey female tabby, Kitty Bitty, also quit tagging along on our walks, but I think it likely has to do with the fact that her hay bale nest in the barn is much more cozy than the wintery elements found on the trail.
Thankfully, Fenny has bravely and enthusiastically taken up the torch and has more than enough vinegar and spice to face the cold and keep up with our fast pace and long miles down the trails.
I think it’s partly because he genuinely enjoys the grand adventure, and also because he knows that once he gets too cold or tired he only need cut in front of Zach and blink up at him with his golden tiger eyes. Fenny knows that the gruff ol’ softy will scoop him up and tuck him inside the warmth of a thick Carhartt jacket until his little paws are sufficiently defrosted (or he gets bored with it) and he’s ready to jump down and make kitty tracks once again. 🐈🐾🐾❄️
“Incoming!” Disclaimer: No one was injured, maimed, killed or otherwise hurt before, during or after the taking of this photo, but it’s Mother Nature, people, no one is ever “safe”.