A handy companion

A handy companion

One of the luxuries of rural living that still exists today is the opportunity of having a pet, or multiple pets.

One of the luxuries of rural living that still exists today is the opportunity of having a pet, or multiple pets; with more distance between dwellings (neighbours) and more space to roam, parental approval is often easier to obtain (wheedle).

Porter Clarkson of Alkali Lake is enjoying the company of a rescue cat who was dumped off on the road side near Alkali Lake by persons unknown.

Luckily, the hungry-looking cat was sighted by the Alkali Lake Ranch cowboy crew as they were riding out to check cattle. It was a timely meeting as an influx of mice and packrats had invaded the ranch barn and were chewing on leather tack, grain storage bags and anything else they deemed edible, causing much damage so the crew decided to capture the roaming, homeless cat.

They gave him a new moniker, naming him Rymer and now, in exchange for regular feed, water and spacious accommodation; Rymer happily patrols the barn for hours on end, making it plain to the rodent intruders they are no longer welcome within his abode. Porter loves going to the barn to interact with Rymer.