Dave said, “No, we are not taking in a bunch of stray cats.”

So I said, “Okay, Miss Kitty will.”

He laughed.

I agreed that Miss Kitty does in fact have an attitude, but that I would have a talk with her about holding out a long branch for other cats less fortunate.

Dave asked what I was talking about.

“You know, the olive branch is symbolic of peace, and since Miss Kitty is so stand-offish, perhaps a long branch might suit her better. Plus, I was thinking, short tail – long branch – they kind of go together.”

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Again, he laughed, and then informed me that it was not my humor tickling his funny bone, but, “The idea that we would welcome stray cats is just preposterous.”

“And that is why it is Miss Kitty’s Longbranch Ranch, and not Miss Susie’s Longbranch Ranch, or the Raffey’s Longbranch Ranch,” I informed him. “I mean, we can’t just do nothing about all of the cats that show up out here. We should help, however we can.”

And then I went over my business plan with him and asked him to come on board. He reluctantly agreed, saying that he believed in my vision even if he couldn’t see it. He would believe in me. So, since I can not ignore the cry of a cat, we formed and filed the paperwork for Miss Kitty’s Long Branch Ranch Incorporated.

But that’s not all – we also decided to try to do something about the influx of owls out here as well. We built a couple of owl boxes that we hope they will go to when we chase them out of the barn. We are also interested in studying the various types of owls and inform others of the benefits they may be able to provide. Check it all out at longbranchranch.org.