A little further along, when R was safe at home, I pedaled silently through the snow with blizzard-like visibility. Ahead of me, a cat appeared out of the white curtain walking toward me. At first, he looked so big that I thought that he might be a lion. Then, he turned tail and bounded up a cliff. His short striped tail informed me that he was a bobcat. I looked at his tracks and pondered his amazing athleticism. I assumed that he was long gone by then.
Then, too soon, he turned his tail toward me and sauntered up the hill out of sight. I knew that I'd just experienced a rare and special moment in the forest that I'll never forget.
I arrived home covered in snow. I warmed up, and then had another phone consultation about K. The decision is made - her toe will be amputated on Thursday. Regardless of what they find, I know that I've made this decision with K's best interest dominating my thoughts.
Clear eyes and a heart full of love.