What’s up with that dog anyway?…
Cynthia is engrossed in reading all the neighborhood gossip/news/disputes on her NextDoor app.
Penelope Kitten is rummaging around the house.
Cynthia (absent-mindedly): What are you looking for, P?
penelope kitten (squeaking): my pogo stick.
Cynthia: It’s in the hall closet.
penelope kitten: thank u.
Penelope Kitten continues to rummage around. Lots of crashes and bangs.
Cynthia: Now what do you need, P?
penelope kitten: chalk for hopscotch.
penelope kitten: never mind. found it.
She loads up her little red wagon with the pogo stick, chalk, a jump rope, and wiffle ball and bat.
penelope kitten: ok. bye. going out to play.
Cynthia: Who are you playing with today?
penelope kitten: my new friend, willy.
Marcy: Not another one of those neighborhood dogs again?
penelope kitten: willy is not a dog. and even if he was i’d still play with him. he’s nice.
Marcy: I’d never play with a dog. Yuck.
penelope kitten: he’s not a dog. he just looks like one.
Marcy: Whatever. Dogs are gross.
penelope kitten: you’re catist.
Cynthia: Okay well, come back inside before twilight. Apparently there have been coyote sightings on our street.
penelope kitten: k. bye.
Penelope Kitten exits, dragging her little red wagon full of toys.
Cynthia (scoffing): I don’t really believe it though. I think urban coyotes are a myth. Plus, this NextDoor app breeds neighborhood hysteria. I mean really, everyone posts incessantly about hoodlums casing homes, strangers ringing doorbells and frantically detailed coyote sightings.
Marcy (looking out the window): Hmpf. Willy looks like a dog to me.
Cynthia: In fact, here’s another one.
“Just now. Coyote spotted at 800 block of Main Street with a pudgy black cat and a small red wagon.”
Marcy: Don’t we live at 810 Main Street?
Cynthia’s blood freezes as she panics.
Cue slow – motion effect (agonizingly slow, slow motion) –
Cynthia, yelling “nooooo” – races outside whilst trying not to faint. She stumbles and falls down the stairs. She tries to get up but the hem of her pant is caught on a sprinkler spigot. She waves her arms and tugs at her leg but it won’t budge.
Camera shift to Penelope Kitten and Willy high-fiving.
Cynthia finally breaks free and steps into the middle of the street and into the center of a wiffle ball game. She looks dramatically to Penelope Kitten –
penelope kitten (squeaking in slow-mo): hi hi. wanna plaaaaay?
-and then looks opposite at Willy – the neighborhood Coyote.
Close-up as Cynthia and Willy lock eyes.
End slow – motion effect.
Screen goes to black.
To be continued…
*While it is not true that I let Penelope Kitten outside, it is true that our very urban neighborhood has become a home for coyotes. We have one living on our street!
So please, keep your kitties inside, don’t leave out food, and be sure your garbage is contained in closed bins.
Above all, don’t panic. Looks like the coyotes are here to stay in our urban landscape. Animal control will not relocate them or kill them. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone!
Btw, it has not been confirmed if asking them to play wiffle ball is a good idea. Stay tuned!
And in the meantime, check out these two videos on the urban coyotes in Los Angeles!
This one is fun and interesting.
And this one is downright beautiful and mesmerizing.