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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: Baby is a Bully!
By darlene hight


“What is that?” I asked as I bolted out the front door. A pathetic squeal from an injured animal pierced the night air and then I saw her “Baby!” She had a bunny. I flew at her putting a stop to her game of catch and release.

We first got our cat, affectionately renamed, ‘Baby’, a little over a year ago. Her official name is ‘Woody’. My grandson named her that because she looks like the cars with wood panels on them. He likes those cars.

She came to us as a little ball of yellow fur. Within a week, she had won the heart of everyone including my son in law. My son in law, Joe, dislikes cats or so he says. He, however, loves spunk. Baby won him over as he watched her stalk our dog ‘Casey’. In sharp contrast to our spunky cat, we have a scaredy dog. Casey is old now. She is an old scaredy dog. When she was young, she was a young scaredy dog. Joe found “the stalking Casey game” to be highly entertaining and it earned Baby a place of honor as the only acceptable cat.

Baby got her nickname from me. She is part mighty hunter and part baby. She is afraid to be left out all night. She’s been rescued from numerous trees and for awhile the ladder was permanently placed at the side of the house for retrieving Baby from the roof. All the while crooning “Baby, what are you doing up there again?”

Up until now, Baby’s catches have been limited to birds, mice and an occasional ground squirrel. All of these, she brings ceremonially to the front porch as unwelcome gifts from the mighty hunter.

As I scooped her up from the front the front yard, I gave her a firm scolding; “I draw the line at baby bunnies! You leave it alone!” I tossed her in the house.

We rescued three bunnies that week! Two of them died. The one remaining we nursed until it was big enough to turn loose. It was a constant struggle to keep Baby away as we cared for the bunny. She is a Bully! As a matter of fact, she was the determining factor in the decision to release the bunny back to the wild. No amount of discipline would dissuade her from her target. In the end, the only logical decision was to release the bunny.

Of course, the question should be asked, “Why did I believe that I could teach a cat not to hunt?” I suppose it is no different than trying to make someone who isn’t a believer in Christ behave under the same moral code as those who are Christians. Especially, when we know that it is God who does that transforming work in peoples’ lives? We do well to remember who we are and who we used to be. Many of us were bullies or worse.

Ephesians 2:1-5 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.NIV

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Dan Blankenship 08/16/04
This article is very much "on topic" and has a good message at the end. I like "spunk" too - makes people and animals seem more alive.

I do have a question about one sentence though - just sounds kinda weird, like maybe there should be a comma?

[ I flew at her putting a stop to her game of catch and release. ]

I'm not sure, but should there have been a comma after I flew at her?

Great job. I could picture the events quite well.

God Bless.
Dan Blankenship

Dian Moore08/16/04
The lesson at the end is very timely. Poor Baby Bully, only being what she is created to be. Nice job.
Melanie Kerr 08/16/04
We also had a cat that bullied dogs! She also bit the head off our pet budgie - I didn't think about it as her just doing what was natural to her!
Dori Knight08/16/04
great entry, darlene! i laughed out loud at this:

"Casey is old now. She is an old scaredy dog. When she was young, she was a young scaredy dog."

something about it just tickled me to no end.

good lesson here, communicated well.
Mary Elder-Criss08/17/04
I also liked the line about the Old Scaredy dog, verses the young scaredy dog. Pretty amusing. Nice piece, Darlene, done with your usual style. With love, Mary
Rachel Rossano08/17/04
Good job! I enjoyed it. :)
John Hunt08/17/04
Your comment near the end was especially poignant:
"it is no different than trying to make someone who isn’t a believer in Christ behave under the same moral code as those who are Christians."
We would do well to remember that, especially in today's society.
Great job!
J. C. Lamont08/17/04
Your story was so cute! I also hve a kitten (actually 2 but the other one who is male is a fraidy cat) and she is a hunter - even of my 80 lb. 1/2 black lab 1/2 St. Bernard. She is only a few months old but it is hilarious to watch her go after the dog. And he seems to enjoy it too.
Marina Rojas08/18/04
Oh, this was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Baby was doing what comes naturally...thank God he allows us repentance!
L.M. Lee08/19/04
trying to make someone who isn’t a believer in Christ behave under the same moral code as those who are Christians - boy if we could remember that...we might not be so "self-righteous."
Sheila Boyd08/20/04
I have a longhaired Chihuahua who weights about 3 pounds. Two bulldogs live in the neighborhood. If they are around when I take him for his walk, he almost pulls my arm out of socket trying to get at them, growling and barking. They run home. Then he comes in the house and sucks on his blanky.
I enjoyed you story, especially the way you related it to our old nature and the new nature we have in Christ Jesus. Thank God for that new nature in me. Thank you for sharing.
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
I loved your wording used throughout this story and the humor! Thank you and God bless.