Aby-a-Day – 11 January: Run, run, faster than that! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Cat!

Back in Boston, of course Jacoby couldn’t go outside by himself. We lived in Boston! Even in a park, there were too many big dogs off-leash.

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But the first time Jake was let outside our apartment…he loved it!

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He just ran and ran and ran!

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Grass! Trees! Grass! Trees!

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And no slow human weighing down the other end of a leash!

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WHOO HOO!!!

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He would start to climb a tree…

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…but I guess his clipped claws couldn’t dig into the bark.

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Okay, back to running, then!

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Jake has the funniest run I have ever seen.

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OMG! Grass and trees and I CAN’T EVEN!!!

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It’s like that one episode of Friends where Phoebe tries to run.

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Our area is really very safe, and we’re nowhere near speeding traffic. Our neighbours let their cat roam the field, and he loves it.

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The problem is…we also have THIS guy running around outside in the field.

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I was thrilled when I finally saw him. I had seen evidence of a fox (dead birds, scat), but when I finally saw him, it was magical.

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I had never seen a wild red fox before. I did see one in London, near Hyde Park, but that’s not really the same thing. I have seen grey foxes, back in California…but red foxes are different.

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Not sure what is with the open-mouthed running, though.

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Now, research indicates that foxes are not a serious threat to cats>, but I just can’t let Jake out alone because foxes are bigger than he is. And I’ve read all the Warriors books. And we also have deer and hare out there, and where there are foxes, deer and hare…there are also badgers. So, sorry, Jake…you’ll have to be outside on your leash, even here.