Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you'd done things differently?
I'm not talking about big events like dropping out of high school and taking up a life of crime instead of becoming the lawyer your mom always wanted you to be, I'm talking about little things.
For example, today I decided to take Flynn the dog for a walk in the North Pelham Ball Park but for some reason about half way there I changed my mind.
I pulled into a driveway , turned around and headed for the Roland Road entrance to Short Hill Provincial Park.
As soon as Flynn got out of the car she went into doggie high alert.
Mindful of our spooky experience in the park a few months ago when I thought we saw Niagara's mysterious and carnivorous big cat, I froze too.
And I must tell you that my blood turned to ice when we heard its cry.
Then I thought about what I had just heard.
"Jeesh," I said to Flynn the dog, "I expected cougars to sound a bit more ferocious."
Nevertheless, we remained watchful and, indeed, It wasn't long till the beast showed itself.
Flynn rushed in for the kill and was rewarded with a loud purr and face rub.
The little 'cougar' was an unneutered male about 12 months old.
He was wet, hungry and lonely.
He followed us for quite a way crying the whole time.
Eventually we turned back because I was afraid his meowing would bring a fox or coyote and that would be the end of him.
Or the cougar and that would be the end of us.
Flynn and I rushed home.
I knew I couldn't keep him, having four cats already so I phoned the Humane Society and told them I was going to go back and try to find him.
It wasn't very hard to locate the little fella.
He was sitting in the rain in the parking lot crying.
I set down some food and the cat carrier.
I had to leave 'Roland' the pretend cougar at the Welland Humane Society.
If you would like to adopt him, the Welland Humane Society is off Prince Charles Drive. It is on the left as you head south to Port Colbourne. Watch for the yellow sign.
You'll know you are close when you see all of the wonderful volunteers out walking the homeless dogs.
I'd like to think there was a reason I turned around and went to Short Hills today.