In one corner of our back yard we have a feeding station.............birds, squirrels, and who knows what else frequent the various feeders daily. I have been watching a cardinal family that has 4 juveniles. They are almost as big as the Mama n Papa but their color is not as bright and their little beaks have not turned orange yet.
Mama and Papa are fantastic parents.....they herd them over to one area and bring each one seed after seed.....then they herd them onto the feeders and show them how to pick out the right ones.
Lucy meandered over there and I was expecting one of the parents to swoop down on her at any moment......they didn't get a chance........as Lucy passed by some ferns, Kissie popped out and tapped her butt.
I was watching this from the kitchen and within 30 seconds I saw the unique personality of each pet.
Lucy jumped into the air, turning at the same time so as to come down facing Kissie.......and barking all the while. I know it scared her but she stood her ground and barked and barked some more.
Zeke was the first to react.....he dashed back into the house and hid under a chair. (He stayed under there for 30 minutes.)
Gummie ran as fast as he could and stood by Lucy's side. I know he was VERY nervous because his tail was in the familiar circular pattern.......but nervous or not, he stood beside her. (He has lived with Kissie since he was 10 weeks old ......so there was no barking at Kissie from him.)
I've always said Brogie is the bravest......since his sight and hearing are diminished his reaction is slower.........but it is always bolder. He charged over there barking his faint, little bark and got in between Kissie and Lucy.
Kissie stood up and s l o w l y ambled over toward the woods. She has their number.
A few hours later, all 5 of them were on the bed, TOGETHER.......sound asleep.
Living in the moment!!!