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The Cat, the Man, Boy and the Dog.

Updated on August 19, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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He dug his own mud puddle at 4 years old.
He dug his own mud puddle at 4 years old. | Source

Maybe I Am Crazy

Love!

Sure I could hike in front like a normal “manly” man. But then I could not concentrate on her special swagger. I love the view of the forest but I like the view of her more. No I am not a pervert, she is my wonderful bride of twenty years.

She has lived with me in a horrible shack and then helped me come out of my fog and move into the home of my dreams. Did I mention she brought an angelic son into the world just for me? Probably maybe more for her. But isn’t that how good marriages work things out. How do you have a wonderful dream life without a fine mutt named Buster Brown?

My doctor told me that I should just not worry about it and settle into being crazy. Maybe alright for me but not good for the son and wife. Hell, not good for anyone.

I just spent 10 minutes staring at and moving my fingers to work out the kinks with just intentions, leaving the meds up on the kitchen cabinet. Buster requires some hard petting. If not he just leans against my leg and scratches himself. Dogs, wives and sons are normal in general. I am out there in general.

Me and the boy and buster were out hunting. Binoculars and a camera are our weapons against the beasts of the world. Mom did not join us as she was in one of her episodes of work until you drop and that could take years. But then something triggered and I went into an episode. Buster and the boy instantly knew something was off. They went off ten years and stared with huge open eyes wondering what would happen next. They both understood that some crazy stuff was going to go down.

By golly it was a scent that put me into the mode. All the sudden Buster got it too. He looked like he was howling but he had the good sense not to make a sound. Buster’s reaction was all the verification that the boy needed. The game was afoot.

Tracks. Big ones. No nails leaving the imprint. A cat of sorts and by the looks larger than 200 pounds. Protocol was followed. Down on one knee and silent. Buster in front of the boy ready to defend. The wind shifted taking away the scent. Now we knew what direction our prey was.

Near the Episode

Track the beast but do not do harm.
Track the beast but do not do harm. | Source

Maybe Rich Folk Don't Do This

No Lie, Just Embellishment

A quiet jog up the hill and down to the creek. Stop again onto a knee. Buster was starting to warn us that the game was near. A sound like a baby crying. And this meant danger. No not a baby but young cubs. No need to go further as the momma would come to us in full protection attitude. Buster “sit and stay” with a hand movement. Ten feet apart and I could swear I heard the boy’s heart beating as he quietly and slowly pulled out the camera weapon. I was freaking but was trained well enough to know running was not an option as that could be fatal with a huge cat on the hunt and protection.

Life tosses curve balls at you and brushes you away from the plate. But this was a 90 mph fast ball aimed at our helmet. I chortled to myself. A thought went into and out of my head about how pissed off my wife would be if I brought either of the boys home mauled.

Another hand gesture to get them to stay still and not move. She appeared within 20 yards of us in the underbrush of the forest. I was scared to death at the sight of a huge Mountain Lion. “Please Buster stay cool”.

And then it happened in a flash. The sound was remarkable and the fear palpable and smelling like hell was breaking loose. Then the shadow and the screech. A huge eagle was headed to the cubs. At least a 12 foot wingspan. So the cougar took off to protect the young. Us for dinner would wait. Buster told me later that I was an idiot through ignoring me for a few days. The boy got about a million clicks with the photos on Youtube. The couch was my abode for a few nights as mom saw the photos and heard the story.

That eagle did not even attack the cubs. It just made the gesture to save us.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right On Dora

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sounds like an eagle-angel to me! Great story, well-told. You deserved your couch holiday.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lorna my wife smartly declared that she had better not hear about us going on another expedition. This of course is not the same as not going on one. hihihi

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      You certainly know how to keep an audience engrossed Eric. I loved how the story unfolded, right up to you spending a few nights on the couch. Your son (adorable picture) probably saw this as a great adventure. How will you top this Eric. Loved it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish it is one of those - now that it is in that past and everything fine, glad it happened.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      What a riveting story, Eric! Glad it turned out like it did!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. fully incredible thing.

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric your story is incredible! Write and share what feel it makes me see a brave attitude.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda a buddy told me to write some fiction yesterday. I asked him why and he said "nobody believes you anyway". Now this fellow jumped out of a perfectly fine airplane with me over the Mexican border. Another story I will make into fiction as he suggests.

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Wow! Eric, you had me on the edge of my seat with this one--at first, I thought it was you and Gabe and it had just occurred. You told the story as though it had happened just yesterday.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      EK it is my culture. We do not see nature. We experience it.

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      EK Jadoon 

      11 months ago from Abbottabad Pakistan

      My hair stood on end, Eric. I think you shouldn't do such adventure, which is life threatening. Your boy reserve the right.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rania, it was one of the most intense moments of my life. My elder son still mocks me about it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MG that American Bald Eagle saved us that day for sure. I have never looked at one the same. My Native Americans say it is my "Spirit Guide".

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      Rania Heikal 

      11 months ago from Egypt

      A lion! This is a thriller tale. I would have fainted if had been in your place. Thank God for sending the eagle at the right moment. Thank you for sharing.

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      MG Singh emge 

      11 months ago from Singapore

      Nice tale, the eagle was the good guy. Glad you are safe.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      By Golly Pamela we still cringe to this day. It was one close call. But we trained for it -- so we are still standing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I would be so terrified if I was facing a huge mountain lion protecting her cubs, along with an eagle having a 12' wing span. What a scary story, Eric! I am so glad no one got hurt.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill and John please send good intentions. Mom and boy are sleeping well after a late night trip to the ER. It was a welcome distraction to go back and relive this. That is my elder son and happened a good twenty years ago.

      So thank you friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, friend, I'm breathing hard just reading this adventure.

      How the hell did you take the challenge so fast? Ain't you got nothing else to do but write? What's wrong with you? :)

      Loved it!

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Well, it sure didn’t take you long to take up Bill’s challenge. Well done.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John this is a response to a Billybuc Challenge. It was an excuse not to pull weeds.

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Plenty of tension in this story, Eric. I hope the couch was comfy.

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