Monday, January 05, 2009
The Leaf Magnet
Tripper is a leaf magnet. Most of my cats are long-haired, to some degree. However, Tripper seems to be in a class of his own. While the other fuzzies are glossy, and leaves and other debris tend to slide off, Tripper's fur is just fluff, and leaves stick to him like glue.
There are several trees in my front yard, some of them, live oaks. For those not familiar with them, live oak trees have shiny oval leaves that drop profusely year round. They are called "live oaks" because they are still green in winter, due to the fact that they lose some leaves almost continuously, rather than dumping the lot in the Fall.
So, my front yard is full of live oak leaves. Tripper's mission (and he DOES choose to accept it) is to transport as many as possible into the house, perhaps with a view to making the same sort of nest he has made in several places in the front yard.
Tripper is good at what he does. He is huge and very fluffy, and can bring in several dozen leaves every time he comes through the door.
Back when I could use the cat door (before the Armadillo Wars), many of the leaves would rub off in the hallway behind the garage. Now that he comes and goes through the front door, the front hall is almost as leafy as the porch.
I may be the first person in Round Rock to do her Spring cleaning with a leaf blower!