Adventures of Kai II

I took a walk with one of my dogs, Shelly, early in the morning one day and because the sun was just barely coming up I went a different route so we didn’t get in between Kai and his den. Just as an aside, Kai is very non-aggressive; however, I do realize that he is a wild animal and needs to be given his space. Back to my story….

Shelly and I were walking to a small greenbelt area to run around in and get some of her energy out. As I mentioned the sun was not quite up so visibility was not great plus, I was daydreaming and not really watching our surroundings. As we came around the side of a house that sat on the edge of this greenbelt area 3 figures all jumped straight up!  That would be Shelly, me – and Kai.  Apparently he was daydreaming too and we almost literally ran into him as we came around opposite sides of the house.

As I tried to get my mind to understand what had just happened, I realized was looking right into the beautiful golden eyes of that little Coyote that I had been watching over for the past couple of years. Then, I realized I was looking into the eyes of a wild coyote that I had just startled!

Thankfully Kai was still just standing there wondering what he should do and Shelly, my little 8 pound dog was looking up at me with a look that said nothing less than, “Why they heck are you just standing there mom?!?! Save me!”

After quickly thinking through every Discovery show I had seen and how to react when you happen upon a wild animal, I picked Shelly up so as to remove her as a possible prey option and started to back slowly away out of Kai’s “territory”.

I also kept saying, “It’s OK Kai, we are not going to hurt you,” over and over because I believe that all animals can understand everything I say – and they do.  ๐Ÿ™‚  After we got out of eyesight and back on the street, we continued on back home, but I did stop a couple of times to look behind us and one of those times I saw that Kai had moved into the tree line and was sticking his head out watching us walk away. The look in his eyes was sad and I worry about how lonely he is. He may very well have thought he had found a friend because he has no pack or family.  He is all alone and has been since he was little, but don’t worry, I have been watching over him all that time too and he will always have me.  And you will get stories of him every time I see him which is pretty often. I like to think he watches for me and lets me see him.

If you have any questions about wildlife in your neighborhood let me know and I will answer what I know and hunt down answers for what I don’t!

Exercise #2

The baby is finally almost here and yet I want the chance to

change my mind. I find myself remembering my first โ€œblindโ€ date โ€“

feeling the excitement of what could be and the terror of

what might be. Wanting to call it off and yet knowing it is too late.


Remember the mighty voice

that held high the iron cross,

preaching such pride in nation and race.


Remember the way it began

with parades and gold stars,

yet soon came the sound of shattering glass.


Remember the despair

as cattle cars slammed shut,

and darkness surrounded the bitter cold.


Remember skull-like faces

behind the barbed wire fences,

and the smell of disease and rotting flesh.


Remember the screams

within deadly showers

and pits of naked corpses climbing toward the sky.


Remember the survivors

for this is what they have seen.

They have been through the bowels of hell

and made it back again.


Remember it all

so that none will forget;

we think it could never happen now,

yet we thought it could never happen then.


I am afraid. He holds me and I can face it.

I am unsure. He takes my hand and I can make it

I am sad. He kisses my tears and I can bear it.

I am happy. He dances with me and I can share it.

I am angry. He listens to me and I can release it.

I am alone.

He comes to me and I cannot remember it.

Freelance Writer