Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Carl the Cat

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At the ranch we have several barn cats.  
They take care of the ranch rodents and are super easy to maintain. 
They don't need much since they are very self-sufficient,
mostly they just need a nice warm spot to sleep.
Lottie fell particularly in love with one of the barn cats and
named her "Raja' (like Princess Jasmin's tiger).
When we are at the ranch Lottie can't get enough of her 
and you will never see Lottie without Raja.
When we are home all Lottie talks about is Raja.  
It's kind of weird that she loves the cat that much
even though she hardly ever interacts with her.  
Sadly, the last three times Mr. Nielson has been to the ranch he never saw Raja.
We think Raja moved on to greener pastures.
We decided not to tell Lottie yet, and instead start looking 
online for a free cat to replace Raja.
We finally a found a cute white cat here in Provo and surprised 
The Little Nies when we pulled up to a house where
 Mr. Nielson went inside and came out
  with a big white fluffy cat in his arms.
We decided to be really fun parents and get the cat a 
week before he leaves to the ranch so the Little Nies
 (mostly Lottie) can connect.
Plus seeing Lottie talk to animals is the cutest thing you'll ever see.
Melts my heart every time.
Then we found out that she was really a he 
(regardless of his pink collar and pink dyed tail).
Somehow on the way home in the car with the cat sitting in Lottie's lap, 
we decided to name him Carl.
We pulled up to the garage, and put Carl down.  
He walked around and then vanished into the deep snow and brush.
I looked at Christian. "Did Carl just run away?"
"No, he's just exploring" Christian said.
But Carl was gone.
Poor Lottie was heartbroken and would go downstairs 
to the garage multiple times during the day to see if maybe,
just maybe he had come home.  
Nope. No Carl.
Days went by and we decided to shut the garage door 
that we had kept cracked open in case Carl showed up.
To be honest I was a little relieved.  I don't love cats.
This morning I walked down to the garage to go on my 
still-dark-outside-early-morning-hike and stepped on what
 I thought were little black rocks on the mat at the bottom of the stairs.
I turned on the light to discover that it was cat poop- frozen cat poop!
Carl was alive and in the garage somewhere!
Even Claire loved Raja
We still can't catch him and hope when Mr. Nielson leaves to the ranch 
in a few days he'll cooperate and jump in the truck with him.
I think he'll do much better at the ranch.

Happy February!