Monday, September 9, 2013

Stepping Out With Wylla Stout: Little Kitten in the Big Woods

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This weekend, with wee Wylla in tow,  we headed over to the east side of the Cascades, near Lake Wanatchee, to spend the weekend with friends.

Our cabin was comfy, cozy and warm.  Wylla enjoyed the views of the wildlife from inside - there were many chipmunks and squirrels scurrying and gathering the seeds and nuts from the feeders.  Jays were plentiful, and noisy.

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She was very curious about the cabin, and explored every nook and cranny.

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She got to meet a couple of very sweet boys.  Wylla was happy to receive a few gentle pets from Boone, her new friend.   He gave her the nickname "Little One".  

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The weather was wet, but there were enough breaks in the rain to give us time to get outside and do a little exploring.  Wylla rode on Craig's shoulders for part of the hike, but was eager to try the trail.




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She's getting better on her leash, and if there aren't too many distractions, she'll follow along. It's pretty dang cute.

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There was a river close to the cabin, so we hiked over there first.

The guys and kids skipped stones across the water while the gals walked along the bank. Wylla enjoyed climbing on the logs and watching the bugs bounce.

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Eleanor, the lovely pooch pictured below, had a great time romping in the river.

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Later that afternoon, I took Wylla for a walk in the woods.

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She was calm and quiet while she tiptoed through the fallen needles. She batted at the spongy moss on the logs and paused when she heard critters rustling in the tree branches.

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She smelled everything.

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And took it all in with her wide-eyed Wylla wonderment.

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Wylla's enjoyed visiting many places, but I think this serene spot in the woods might be her favorite.

We are lucky to have lots of lovely woodsy spots like this in the Northwest, and we look forward to exploring more!


48 comments:

  1. I love this...I really needed it today. Thank you! Wylla is something else, we all agree. holy cow...

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  2. Reminds me of when we took our cat Ringo camping with us as a kid. He loved to play "jungle kitty" in the tall grass. Lake Wenatchee looks lovely.

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  3. What a wonderful trip. LOVE the wide-eyed Wylla wonderment!

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  4. Goodness, Wylla is SO DARN CUTE!

    Out of curiosity, have you posted what harness you're using with the wee one? I'd like to try harness training with my cats, but I have yet to find one I'm comfortable with them being in if something were to frighten them outside.

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    1. It's called "Kitty Come With Me". It comes with a bungee leash, but I swapped it out for a thinner one. It was too bulky for little Wylla.

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    2. I use a medium dog harness for my kitty, Sam. He is now six years old and needs the larger size. When he was younger I started with a small. Our vet thinks he might be a Maine Coon so that is the size thing.

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  5. Lucky Wylla, getting out and about and exploring so many fabulous places!

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  6. I'm sure she has a few cool stories to tell her big sister about :)

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  7. I love seeing Wylla out and about! These posts are one of my favorites!

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  8. Wylla has a magnificent set of whiskers!!!

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  9. So. Freaking. Cute.

    :-) -darin

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  10. Wow. She is such an amazing little cat.

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  11. Oh, my gosh, you're killing me, Laurie and Wylla! Okay, it's official -- you need to do a complete book of "Stepping Out with Wylla Stout!"

    Seeing her enjoying the woods does bring back memories of camping in western Canada with our Siamese when I was a teenager; she was very calm on a leash and loved everything about it -- except the two bear cubs that wandered into camp. For some reason, she got to watch them from inside the car. :)

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    1. How cool that you were able to take your kitty camping!

      We live in the woods in BC (western Canada) and bears wander by our kitchen sometimes. Our cats seem think (I guess) that they are just big dogs and they have no fear of them! All the same I'm glad our kitties are indoors.

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  12. love the 2nd pic with her intensely looking out the window! I know you know this, that you all are so lucky to have found each other. she is a lovely kitten and you are doing a wonderful job of raising her. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

    Linda

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  13. Who would have imagined, when this little thing had such a rough start, that she would get to experience so many exciting and interesting things?! What a neat life you guys have given her!

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  14. I'm so glad you kept Wylla. I had been hoping you might and you did! :) She's such a beautiful and special little girl. I'm enjoying watching her adventures and look forward to seeing her grow up! samm

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  15. Wylla is such a blessing of a kitty! Look at the adventures she takes! Had she not been born a kitty with a very special need, she would have gone to someone else and probably never have had this wonderful life as a travel companion. I love following her success as an adventurer. I just adore her- but you knew that.

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  16. Wide eyed Wylla wonderment, that is a great description! She's such a cutie! What a great little traveler she is!

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  17. Such amazing adventures for a wee one! It's great to see her embrace new places and people.

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  18. What a wonderful life you're giving Miss Wylla. It would be delightful to have such a gorgeous traveling companion.

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  19. The shot on the log so green, with the pine needles matching her fur, is lovely. She is quite camouflaged naturally.Good thing for the harness and leash!

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  20. I love my Wylla fixes, I have a tabby boy who is 3 times the size of her but would probably try mothering her!

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  21. I am just in love with her.

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  22. Such a darling! I love the look of "wow, Mom, outside is so INTERESTING!" and so cool that she doesn't freak out.

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  23. I love that she is so calm and curious. She's the most beautiful cat in the world. Don't tell my kittens I said that.

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  24. Omg I adore Wylla so much!! Her gorgeous coloring & sweet gentle spirit were made for the woods! <3

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  25. Wylla is certainly one of a kind. What an amazing, wonderful cat she is. I love reading about her adventures.

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  26. Does Charlene have an aversion to travel/going outdoors? Wylla has wonderful adventures out in the wild but Charlene doesn't seem to get farther than the deck.

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    1. Charlene doesn't like traveling in the car - its stresses her out. If I thought she would enjoy an outing, I would take her.

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  27. Wylla the "Adventurer" one of a kind

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  28. She is so stinkin' cute.. and becoming a world traveler! Wish that my cats would be able to travel like that and stay calm (ha). I keep telling them that there is so much out there for them to see if they'd just cooperate. :)

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  29. How beautiful, you can see her wonderment in each of the pictures...her eyes are big as saucers :) What a sweet pretty girl Ms Wylla is! I love the title too...."Stepping out with Wylla Stout". As someone above suggested, that could be the title of a great little book of Wylla's travels.

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  30. 21 years ago, we took our Siamese, Emily to Yosemite. She caused quite a stir at evening campfire programs put on by a ranger. No one had ever camped there with a cat before. Like Wylla, Emily wore a harness and leash. She rode in a cloth knapsack that we wore backwards on our chests. What reactions we got! Mary A

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  31. Wylla and her leash holders can come visit our cabin any time! Such a lovely girl.

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  32. Look at those dilated pupils in picture number two! That is one charged-up kitty.

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  33. Wylla's got the "WOW what a wild world it is out there!!!"

    Poising to pounce, possibly chattering at something oh-so-interesting!

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  34. So cute! And so adventuresome! I've never had a cat that I think would enjoy this so much, but who knows? Maybe more kitties need to be leash-trained.

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  35. So sweet.

    There was a girl,
    A very strange enchanted girl,
    They say she wandered very far, very far,
    Over land and sea...

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  36. Thinking the last 3 pictures would make GREAT cards! Love the "kitten walks Dad on Leash" shot!

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  37. So great that you are able to take her with you. What a life she has with you.

    xo,
    JC

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  38. You can see her taking it all in and loving it. She will never again be content only staying at home. She has seen the big wide world and will always want some adventures!

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  39. Amazing pictures!!! Love all the details of your adventures. Wylla is just the most amazing kitten ever!

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  40. What no mighty roar in the last pictures.

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  41. What a sweetie! I love her calm but adventurous spirit!

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  42. Wylla,you are one of the most beautiful cats I've seen in ages!! I so enjoy stopping by and seeing your activities! :)

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