So, we're sitting in the living room this morning enjoying the beautiful sun and the summer morning when there is a galloping of little feet on the deck. A streak of red flashes by the sliding door on the deck. This is followed immediately by a gray and white streak (also known as Sophie the cat)... more galloping on the deck and then it's quiet.
I jumped up and went to the door only to see a red fox hit one of our chickens from behind at a full run. Meanwhile, little Sophie is still on the fox's tail. I yelled, "HEY!" and the fox drops the chicken and took off across the road and into the neighbor's field.
The dazed chicken - minus a copius amount of feathers now (aka. naked-butt-chicken) looks at me across the yard as if to say, "What the heck was that?!" Amazed, I stand there at the back steps watching as Sophie "herds" the chicken over to me. I scooped up the dazed chicken and sat down on the steps. She settled in next to me, content to be cradled in my arms. I carefully checked her out to find a significant gash on her (now naked) rear while Sophie circled us, clearly quite proud of her abilities to be a pretty tough girl. Normally, a rather dainty cat, small but compact and a mix of Siamese and I-dunno, this was quite an amazing moment. I have posted her photo on our Local Harvest listing in honor of her special achievement. Thanks, Sophie! I hope we'll have a dog soon to help you with your guard duties.