I’ve come across the first animal problem for Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle at A Bitty Better.
If you recall, at The Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, our backyard was roamed, in turn, by skunk and and a hedgehog, both of which drove our beloved rescue mutt – and, subsequently, my dear wife Karen and – a serious form of batty.
It took 2 1/2 months in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville for Ellie B ‘s serious tussle with a neighborhood cat.
We can’t quite figure out exactly what backyard this big specimen of a feline claims as home. But we do know that it roams quite freely behind the chain link fence at the back of yard, sending Ellie B into a barking fury.
Anytime either Karen or I go outside to shut the mutt’s yapper, the cat takes off to parts unknown, dog chasing until it reaches the fence, wood on the side or metal at back.
Then late afternoon Ellie B was digging at the bottom of the deck while she barked furiously.
When I stepped outside, out flew the cat from underneath, making a beeline across the pool cover, dog taking chase across the cover. The huge cat went over the wood fence. Ellie B slammed into it, full-force. It did not fall down, but the lean is obvious.
One: We don’t want the dog falling into the in-ground pool during winter.
Two: We don’t want the dog knocking down the fence and then tearing off after the cat to parts unknown.
Three: Cats will be cats, so I don’t know what we could do even if we did know where this 50-pound menace lived.
What do you suggest we do about the cat problem?