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The Riverdale “Wilds”, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
July 22, 2010

The Riverdale “Wilds” can be a pretty dangerous place. The unsuspecting wanderer may have an unexpected encounter with a more ferocious member of the local fauna. In this case, it was a fine example of “Felis catus”, too busy scoping out the bird population to bother with an old guy and a camera. Fortunately, a life-long acquaintance with the old guy probably worked in his favour, too. Note the intense stare and the needle-sharp claws.

This would be Benny, poor Stewie’s nemesis and fellow contestant in the house-wide p*ssing contest.


Benny and his pet dog.

Roughing it in the Riverdale “Wilds”. The sacrifices we make and discomforts we endure for our art. Would you believe the condensation on that water glass actually dripped on to my shirt?

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  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 4 years ago

    ohhhhhhhh a guard cat eh? He’s a beauty, and he’s been caught to purrrrrrrrrfection ( sorry I couldn’t resist) Wonderful capture.

  • Thanks so very much, Dorothy. He’s just a big softie, except when it comes to poor old Stewie!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 4 years ago

    Oh Mike this looks just like my black beauty Jackson! Awesome capture. And so ferocious looking….LOL! I bet he just rolls over on his back for a great big belly rub!

  • LOL! Many thanks, Robin. He does the big “rollover” and loves to be pushed around by his back feet on the grass or linoleum, depending on the location.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    LMAO, he has the eyes of a hunter.

  • Many thanks, Al. All four of my sister’s cats are pretty hopeless as hunters, although Rupert has returned home triumphantly with the odd June bug.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    lol . . .

  • Cheers, Hugh. Intrepid explorer is me! :o) Although I actually had to get up and move the tripod a couple of times….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidabout 4 years ago

    I’d steer well away from those claws!

  • Aw, he’s just a big old softie, Aileen! Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Heather Vallance
    Heather Vallanceabout 4 years ago

    He could walk right out, couldn’t he?

  • Well, yes, but he might have to jump down from the railing. Thanks, Heather!

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Now about those needle-sharp claws….

  • You only feel the wrath of claws if tummy is rubbed too vigourously. Therefore……

    – Mike Oxley

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