I felt guilty when I got a recent newsletter from Brittany May of Todd County. It seems that she has compassion and a dream of solving the feral cat problem in Todd County. I cannot say the same for myself. I just got rid of a cat and have no more compassion for feral cats because I was bitten by one and had to go to the wound center for several weeks.
Brittany, in her newsletter, The Feral Fix, said she wanted to thank everyone for their support. It came from Todd County and as far away as Germany. Because of the support, she has been able to help a second feral cat colony and has plans to expand to two more colonies in the spring.
It all started with cats such as Butch.
“He was the alpha male of his colony and we tried trapping him many times without success. We wanted to catch him badly because every time he showed up, he had new battle wounds,” she said.
“Here is how the trapping happens,” she said. “My husband Adam and I were feeding a colony for a caretaker who was out of town. On the first day we fed, we saw Butch, but we were unprepared to trap. In all the commotion ... we scared Butch away.
“The next day he made an appearance and Adam made a plan to throw a large blanket on Butch while he ate. Adam slowly approached Butch, inch by inch, until he was right up close to him as he ate.
“Adam tossed the blanket over Butch as you would a large fishing net. Butch got tangled in the blanket as he tried to escape, and in one fell swoop, we scooped him up and got him into the carrier.
“We drove straight to the clinic and dropped him off. He was released on July 13, neutered, vaccinated and treated topically for wounds.
Brittany said Dr. John Laster has been a great help in neutering cats. So far there have been 16, and donations are at $1,396
“I wonder if we could get enough support to offer completely free spay and neutering of cats to all of Todd County,” she said. “Wouldn’t that be wonderful? It doesn’t hurt to dream.”
Dream on, Brittany. We agree it doesn’t hurt to dream even if it doesn’t all come true.
Now changing the subject — Fannie Louise Maddux sent a message and said she thought my brain was working quite well. “I remember well ‘Fibber McGee and Molly’ and still do a mean dance in my kitchen when Little Richard surfaces on a golden oldies station! Remember “Good Golly Miss Molly?”
We also heard from the family of brothers Fagan and Bobby Pace, who restored the family’s old home, Glenn Burnie. They have a three-hole outhouse and two chamber pots.
And this came from another reader, Jane Grace: “I too am well acquainted with outhouses and chamber pots — and not having running water. We were fortunate to have a very good well on the back porch and never ran out of water. The funniest story I know about outhouses involves my mother and her best lifelong friend. The friend’s father was a country doctor, and from stories they told, was a big prankster.
“The two teenage girls were smoking in the outhouse when the doctor opened the door and threw a big bucket of water inside. He claimed he didn’t know the girls were inside, and he thought the outhouse was on fire. The girls were soaked. “
Many thanks again to Opinion Editor Jennifer P. Brown, who took the time to type this column as I dictated it to her.
Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Saturday.