Dropped off by Her Guardian Angel...

I looked back through my posts in early December and I see I made no mention of the chaos this kitty caused to me and half the town of Lunenburg! There wasn't much to mention as I had no photo to go with it... Now here's the backstory...

There hasn't been a summer we haven't been adopted by one or more cats, and here, named "Buttercup" was our summer cat for 2016. She was clearly a stray, so as our Lunenburg stay came to a close, I petitioned friends to consider adopting her or caring for her over the winter, (In 2015 Dinah went to a very loving home, and we're in close touch with her family who adore her!) When no one volunteered to take on the task, we took her to the vet (no chip) and got her a clean bill of health, planning to take her with us on the plane to California. A friend loaned us a carrier, and as we packed the car on Dec 2nd, I warned everyone to keep the door shut. However, if you've ever raised a cat, you know they have a keen sense when their humans have plans for them, and in an unguarded moment, out the door she dashed! Goodbye $300 vet bill! Goodbye $75 plane fare. I called a friend who called friends and in 15 remaining minutes in town, everyone was trying to catch her!

And then she disappeared!

One good friend set up a vigil at our house and started a telephone tree to have friends take turns watching for her in the hope she'd return. We returned to California empty handed, and when Ken learned that people were staying at our house with the door open (in December!), he asked that the search be called off! (ca-ching ca-ching...more $ as we were heating the outdoors!)

Over the winter friends reported they'd not see a trace of her, and I realized I can't save every stray. We returned in June, and people asked if we'd heard anything of her... "No". "Not-Fred" returned immediately and we took up his care and feeding again. I wasn't even thinking of Buttercup anymore as we took a trip to Newfoundland and carried on with the summer activities.

On July 4, (a day of no consequence in Canada...) I was in the kitchen with my back to the window when I heard insistent meowing! I was so surprised at what I saw, I had to have a photo of the moment and then there'd be the reunion! I opened the door, and in she sauntered as though it was now December 3rd and nothing had transpired since she last crossed the threshold (on her dash to freedom!)! She knew where to look in the kitchen for her food dish, and by afternoon she was curled up on the couch again. Once more, she's our summer cat, but clearly she never wished to be a California Girl!

Friends are currently staying at our house while we're away, and they're lavishing affection on little Miss Buttercup. Come December when we leave for the winter again, "who knows"... I'm wondering if she'd like to live with my grandkids in Massachusetts...


Joy posted a lovely photo of her here: https://365project.org/joysfocus/extra-stuff/2017-08-29#post-comment
I can't imagine Buttercup ever buckling up her seatbelt for flight back to Calif. I would have to give her a dose of my kitty xanax. Love this capture!
She looks incensed that you would leave her outside.
posted August 31st, 2017  
There is definitely one cat here who is in charge of her life!
posted August 31st, 2017  
I love this! If I could I would give it 5 favs!
posted August 31st, 2017  
She looks quite forlorn and your fabulous processing lends to the mood... then I read the story! Oh My Goodness! She's not forlorn, she's expectant of that door opening and maybe wondering when it's going to be opened so she can say hello, eat and then, as you said, curl up on the couch. Neat shot and equally so, story.
posted August 31st, 2017  
@kathyboyles Thank You Kathy! This is the very moment she showed up! Pretty special we think!

and @maggiemae , you are 100% correct! We don't know where she went, but she looked pretty good for having been away 7 months (and 1 day!)

@joysfocus ALL cats need kitty xanax on airplanes! I'm laughing at your comment about her being "incensed". She just has a face with that pencil-line moustache that makes her look angry! Ken thinks it's cute. I think it's "unfortunate"... She is a lover and likes to cuddle as you recall when she sat between us!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@elatedpixie Oh thank you thank you for taking the time to read about her! If anything she was wondering why I went for the camera instead of throwing the door open, but I had to save the moment! I've read abut cats that got lost miles from home and made their way back... While it wasn't quite like that, it had been so long, I certainly know how those "found families" must have felt!
posted August 31st, 2017  
What a great story of lill' Miss Buttercup who did not want to be a California girl! Super photo of her too - so beautifully framed by the window and delicate curtains.
posted August 31st, 2017  
@Weezilou I wonder if perhaps she's like Charles Kerault and had two families ;-)
posted August 31st, 2017  
Great capture and story :)
posted August 31st, 2017  
@elatedpixie I truly thought that must have been the case. But when she returned, she's never left the porch since (and that's when she's not inside!) I know that many locals look after the strays...I think she got lucky and was fed, but not fawned over...and she likes that!
posted August 31st, 2017  
A great story about Buttercup. She seems to be thinking, "Where have YOU been?"
posted August 31st, 2017  
Oh this has made me laugh - first at that capture of her gorgeous face she really is saying "Let me in!!" LOL! Then reading your story brings back your tale of everyone trying to catch her after you had left!! Still laughing!! I was so pleased she turned up again. I wish we could have a film of what she got up to and where she spent the winter. I wonder who was giving her a cuddle and feeding her? Fav Fav Fav!! Love it!!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@pamknowler

@littleconnie Your comment made me laugh, Connie! After all the time and worry spent on her in her absence, to think that SHE should come back to say, "Where have YOU been?!"

@pamknowler "Buttercup Goes on a Winter Holiday" is the stuff of Children's books... I wonder how many imaginative different stories people might come up with! (Can you tell I haven't gotten to bed yet? Now its 1 AM, so off with me! -Seriously!-)
posted August 31st, 2017  
@Weezilou I keep seeing you pop up and think why haven't you gone to bed yet? Good night!!!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@Weezilou What a fabulous idea Louise!! With all your animal photos and stories just imagine the children's book you could write!! Get writing you already have all the photos!! What a story it could be - Louise's Magical Kingdom!!
posted August 31st, 2017  
Remember you never own a cat - they own you. Miss Buttercup reinforced that point,
posted August 31st, 2017  
Hi Louise! saw this and knew it had to be yours! Love the story and everyone's comments. I think Louise's Magical Kingdom is such a grand idea! @pamknowler You've got all the illustrations now fit your excellent text around each one :-)) You could go all the way back to .....what was his name??
posted August 31st, 2017  
Dill!!! x
posted August 31st, 2017  
This made me chuckle as I read it. So very...catlike! They know when something is going on, when we have plans for them. Mine go into hiding when I'm ready to take them to the vet. In fact, I once had to cancel an appointment (so embarassing!) because I couldn't find the patient. The suitcases never come out until the last minute - that's another clue for them to go and hide...sigh!
posted August 31st, 2017  
Awesome shot
posted August 31st, 2017  
oh Louise what a wonderful story. Yes you must write the book. She's certainly let you know where she wants to stay. Amazing that no one saw her in 7 months!
posted August 31st, 2017  
What an amazing story! I love her expression almost saying "what are you looking at? Just let me in"!!!
posted August 31st, 2017  
she didn't come crawling back, just giving you 'the look', telling you she's boss. :-)
posted August 31st, 2017  
@Cherrill I *knew* you'd remember Dill! Before I "met" him, I called him "Pearl", a fitting name I thought. But when I learned his proper name, it was so fitting to the way he came to know and live with our friends! He was a part of the family for several years... And there was "Maui", and "Fred" and "Not-Fred" and "Dinah" and a free-loader we call "Buffy"... and now Buttercup... And as long as we go there, there's sure to be the ever-present house guest!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@summerfield must have been a moment of panic that she ran off, but she knew she was well-loved and found her way back! We're happy to have her as a member of our summer family again! I've had many cats who wear their Alpha labels proudly! This one is a sweet and gentle little lady...just wants to be loved!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@elkereturns You certainly know "cats"! Currently our suitcase is left on the floor since we arrived and Tigger loves to sleep on it...until about 3 AM when I feel the pressure points of four tiny feet on top of me! He's one of those Alpha cats I mentioned to Vikki, above!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@joansmor 100% on board with that notion! I think "cat people" should get the cat they want, and then let all the neighborhood cats sort it out, going to live with whom they want! That seems to be how I came to have some of the cats I have! I've never had the opportunity to select "that perfect Ragdoll" as I already have too many...which is really just fine! Your Two sounds to be a delight and very entertaining! Forget the $2 mice and just give them bags to play with!
posted August 31st, 2017  
@kerristephens @cruiser @megpicatilly Thank you for taking the time to stop and leave comments! I'm delighted you enjoyed her story!
posted August 31st, 2017  
This is one lucky cat
posted August 31st, 2017  
@Weezilou - is that the one from last year? i remember photographing you and ken with a cat that looks like her.
posted August 31st, 2017  
@summerfield Same one! That's her story, above : )
posted August 31st, 2017  
Now, that is a look!
posted August 31st, 2017  
Such a nice photo of her to go along with the story
posted August 31st, 2017  
Great nice story( you give me a lot to read) and a beautiful pic. of her to it.
I did copy the lines of our agrical bussiness and trade from internet. We`re doing not worse I think. Second on the world market. ( After U.S.A.)
posted August 31st, 2017  
what a wonderful story.
posted August 31st, 2017  
Very pretty! Love the processing.
posted September 1st, 2017  
What a fantastic story and photo to capture her return. It always seems the best pets find US and not the other way around.
posted September 1st, 2017  
What an incredible story that is Louise. And now she's returned to Doctor Doolittle's TLC.
posted September 1st, 2017  
Great story and photo.
posted September 1st, 2017  
@Weezilou You are so absolutely right! I got her mixed up with Not-Fred. Lol Buttercup is very sweet.
posted September 1st, 2017  
She's a Lunenburg girl first and foremost. What a lovely kitty. She looks smart, too! I love your processing of this photo!
posted September 1st, 2017  
Great story!
posted September 1st, 2017  
@laurieewilson @bkbinthecity @tunia @kwind @lisammcloskey @golftragic @danette @joysfocus @louannwarren @shesnapped
Oh my goodness, thank you all! I was trying to keep up with the thank you notes and comments on your photos, but I lost ground again! I'll be out of the loop again for a few days as I'm having a minor surgery in the early morning... I'm happy to have some time to call my own to be in touch with so many of you again! Thank you! ♥
posted September 1st, 2017  
heartwarming, delightful story and perfect picture to go with it ~ You are a wonderful writer, Louise. The line that made me laugh the most was the one about ca-ching ca-ching, we were heating the outdoors!
We had a beautiful Himalayan cat, a stray that showed up one day & stayed, in the law office where I worked for 17 years. I was her favorite person so I started taking her home on weekends, then it got so she hid every Monday morning so she didn't have to go back to the office!!
posted September 1st, 2017  
@lynnz They can['t speak our language, but they make it very easy for us to understand theirs! Lynn, thank you for the lovely comment about my writing...it's something I really do enjoy.
posted September 1st, 2017  
@Weezilou Hope all goes well for you tomorrow and that you're back in the pink asap,
posted September 1st, 2017  
@golftragic All taken care of this morning...results appear better than in April and I'm feeling almost back to normal tonight! Will chat with the doc about it all on the 19th. Will post a couple of older photos and turn in early... Thanks for the kind thoughts! ♥
posted September 2nd, 2017  
@Weezilou That's good news Louise, look after yourself.
posted September 2nd, 2017  
With compliments and at your sevice : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycad
posted September 4th, 2017  
@pyrrhula What a wealth of information you are, Ferry! That was truly an interesting article... I never thought to research it further for myself. Thank you for thinking of me and sending that! (I have spent the morning teaching myself a new technique and having a wonderful time doing so! I'll post the results shortly...)
posted September 4th, 2017  
@Weezilou I`m still courious and learn sometimes somthing new. See my pic. of to day : Tagetes.
posted September 4th, 2017  
@pyrrhula I did immediately and found the story quite interesting! I actually think that the older we grow the more we enjoy learning new things...and it's so easy to do so nowadays!
posted September 4th, 2017  
Her look says it all Louise. What a story!!
posted September 8th, 2017  
What a story! I've been absent from 365, but I still think of you....I have your 'mallards in the pool' shot as my wallpaper still, and I have been walking in the park enjoying the squirrels and thinking of you then too. :)
posted October 29th, 2017  
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