Friday, April 10, 2009

The Evening Meow

In that classic movie, Lady and the Tramp, the dogs in London have a cool way to get news around the neighborhoods. They call it "The Twilight Bark." Each "edition" of this listenable newspaper includes tidbits of news from Kensington to Knightsbridge to Chelsea and beyond, passed along by a chain of loyal “subscribers” who bark the latest info over fences and down alleyways, where it's picked up and echoed by the next canine courier.

Well, I think news of Win and Frankie's kitty handouts may have reached our local edition of "The Evening Meow." It started when their friend -- formerly Name TBD, now called Little Buddy -- started coming around once every few days for a snack. He's show up at the sliding glass door and The Boyz would leap off the kitty tree or, if upstairs, bound down the stairs at my call of "Hey, kids, your little buddy is here!" I'd slip out a small portion of kibbles and Frank and Win would meow in a friendly manner -- sometimes even pat at the window in greeting. With time, the frequency of his visits moved from every few days to once a day, to a couple of times a day. But he's welcome, and he knows it.

I suspect, though, that he has been spreading the word. Yesterday, I noticed a large grey-stripped tabby lingering hopefully outside the door. Today, a grey-and-white partial Persian made an appearance, peering into the bowl with an expectant expression. I figure Little Buddy has passed the word around: "Hey, there’s good eatin’ at the house on the corner with the tall trees in front!"

Any day now, I expect to open the drapes to find a queue of kitties waiting courteously for their victuals. With that in mind, I'd best go to the store now and restock the pantry. After all Little BuddIES don't want to find an empty bowl. :)


At April 15, 2009 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Linda said...

I love the Evening Meow! Doesn't take long for a new place to get popular -when the food is good, word spreads fast.

I wonder what will happen if/when more than one buddy shows up together? How excited will you Boyz be then?

At April 15, 2009 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Gaile Gray said...

Little Buddy went missing for a day, but was at both front and back doors today, so I think we're good for him being a steady customer.

So far they've been coming in singles, but it _will_ be interesting to see if Little Buddy gets territorial over "his" personal handout heaven. :)


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