A “Lost and Found” Kitty

  • Charlie cleaning himself. Joanne McNeal

Sometimes my cat, Charlie, follows us as I walk my dogs around 12 blocks every morning. I adopted him from the SPCA several years ago when my garage had a mouse problem. He had been found as a stray. Many people have marvelled at this yellowish cat with the big fluffy tail, following along behind the dogs and me. Sometimes Charlie gets distracted and stops into someone’s yard to look at something that interests him. It always worries me that he will lose his way, and forget how to get back home.

In June, as I delivered the Boyle McCauley News around my elongated block, he followed me as I opened gates and put the paper in various mailboxes. We were walking along 95 Street, when there was suddenly a loud traffic noise, and he got scared and ran into someone’s backyard. I called him and kept delivering papers. I turned around and called him often to make sure he got back home, but there was no sign of him. I went around to the alley to see if he was there. No cat in sight. I called and called, and kept looking back, but there was no cat to be seen.

Finally, as I got back home – a block away – there he was, sitting peacefully in the middle of the alley by my house, waiting for me. It was as if he asked, “What took you so long?” I didn’t give him credit for knowing how to get home, even though I had never walked with him on 95 Street. Smart cat! But I sure do not want to lose him, so I will keep checking on him whenever he follows us. He is a sweetie, and keeps me company, sitting outside in the grass, as I work in the garden.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

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