Grammie’s Poor Ears! I was standing in the kitchen and happened to notice a stray cat taking flight across the backyard and the next 8 seconds were crazy! I was yelling NOOOOO just as the cat went airborne over the fence onto our neighbor’s back porch roof. In that split second Bailey came around the shed and as she was gaining speed I realized she was going to use the porch as leverage to go over the railing. I have never seen her move at this speed. She reminded me of a greyhound!
If you have never been in our backyard our kitchen leads to a covered porch which connects to a wooden deck that has four steps to the backyard. Our fence is not up against the neighbor’s fence. There is a three foot gap that contains a tree! The cat jumped from the deck to the neighbor’s porch roof clearing the tree. The cat weighed about 10 to 15 pounds and was literally jumping for its life. Bailey weighs 98 and there was no way she was going to clear the 3 foot gap and the tree!
Just as she was about to jump she heard the following alert: This is the Tower: Bailey you are not clear for take off! I repeat air traffic control has grounded you!
I had visions of her stuck in a tree or worse clearing both fences and landing in the neighbor’s pool! By the time Riley got into the backyard Rufus and Bailey were both in full security mode. Their property had been breached. Riley (the dog that loves all four legged creatures) had no idea why everyone was so worked up. He was more than likely in the house cheering on the cat! It took hours for Bailey to come back inside. I am 99% sure that cat will not return. They typically visit only the front yard…and for good reason!