Thursday morning I awoke with every intention of getting my daily giveaway written and posted. I made my coffee, set the table with my laptop and had a seat. Then my oldest son came downstairs and told me about a dove my husband found sitting in the bush at the bottom of our front steps.
Of course I went out and had a look and then tried to move on with my day. Josh noticed the neighbor cat stalking our direction… I guess he decided that beautiful dove would make a delicious breakfast. I couldn’t let that happen, so as Josh scared the cat away I went to look for a suitable place to put the dove. I couldn’t bare to put him in a box, so I pulled out our old dog kennel and lined it with paper.
The dove spent the morning on our back porch, a little safer from the local cats. He was eating and drinking so I left the door open allowing him to leave when he felt better. He did venture from the kennel for a small brief period. He flew up to the railing on our deck and just sat there.
He was amazingly calm around us. We were able to walk right up to him.
I couldn’t get over how beautiful he was.
He even ate out of my hand.
At this point Emma asked if she could come out and touch him.
(yes, we all washed our hands immediately after touching him)
By noon I realized this guy had no intention of going anywhere, so I started to call around. I was referred to a local nature center with a rehab license, Lakeside Nature Center. The dove allowed me to scoop him up and place him back in the carrier and we were off.
He was amazingly calm during our 35 minute car drive.
After a brief exam in the back room the gentleman came out and said that they would take him in. I heard an excited girl in the back room talking about how she mentioned that morning their dove needed a companion.
Call me a bleeding heart… but if I can do something to help an animal in need I will.
I knew we found a safe place for him and I felt good about leaving him in capable hands and not on the dinner plate of the neighbor’s cat.
So, this is how our Thursday was for the birds.