This is Shilgiah the Huntress' favorite picture of herself in her old park. She is a stumpy-tailed white Manx. You can just see her tail if you look closely. She was dumped in this park about seven years ago and fended for herself for a while. When the nights started getting colder and the coyotes bolder, she decided that she really needed to find a home. She caught herself a little sparrow and took it to the patio door of a nearby house. The woman who lived there opened the sliding glass door, picked up Shilgiah and told her to spit out the sparrow. Shilgiah did as she was told and after the sparrow flew away, the woman informed her that nobody ate little birds in this house, but Shilgiah was welcome to stay and live on cat food. Shilgiah gladly took up the offer and has been living with the woman, now her Mom, ever since. Because Shilgiah liked being outside, her Mom would take her for long walks in the park and even let her stalk the doves and the elusive blue-tailed lizard, as she used to do when she was an orphan, but she doesn't catch them now. Actually, she admits, she wasn't very good at catching them then, which is one of the reasons she really needed to find a forever home. Last August, they moved to a new apartment, away from the park and Shilgiah doesn't get to go for walks any more, because there are too many woofies running loose in the area where she lives now. She misses her walks, but she has a very nice balcony, which is screened in, so she still gets to go outside some. She got a brother last year, too, and the two of them have a great time together.
Shilgiah once stalked the elusive blue-tailed lizard,
But it was tricky and in running was a wizard.
She now lives inside
And takes as her pride
That she once stalked the elusive blue-tailed lizard.