Ghost Dog

A strange black dog is stalking my neighborhood. One of the talkative little cats in our neighborhood, Socks, went missing. A lady down the street had her cat killed in the night. Somehow I slept through it, but my wife thinks she heard her shouting in the dark, “I’ll f**k you up! You f**ker!” or something of the sort.

We have lots of street cats here, which is a new thing for me. I mean, each is really somebody else’s cat, but it’s nice seeing them and having them around. When we thought that the murdered cat was the fluffy bully we call Fat Cat (’cause we don’t even know his or her real name), we were more sad than I expected. I went through that phase where you say, “It’s not fair. This is that cat’s home street, but this dog can just come through and kill whoever it wants?”

One night, out near the Inman Park MARTA station, I saw a handful of stray dogs sniffing their way through the parking lot. Most of them scattered in my headlights, except one. He just stood there, eyes shining, neck turned taut, looking down his raised nose at the floating white eyes of the headlights. I think if I’d driven toward him he would’ve wrestled my car to the ground. But instead he walked down the steps into the neighborhood nearby, looking casually around him at his domain. It might be our city but it’s his night.

It’s been a couple of nights since we heard about the attack, though. No one’s screamed in the night. The cracks in the sidewalk aren’t running red with blood.

And last night, Socks was sitting in our driveway.

5 Comments so far

  1. Andrew (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    Dekalb county has a leash law for all domestic animals, including cats. The life expectancy of an outdoor cat is about 3 years. The life expectancy of an indoor cat is over 12 years. Cats should not be allowed to roam free outdoors, they’re a nuisance. And that’s coming from a cat owner.

  2. mingaling (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Plus they reproduce and reproduce like crazy. The last thing you need is a feral cat population in your neighborhood.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    I’ve been wondering about this lately as my little feral friend (who showed up one day in my backyard with his mother and a sibling, all of which I had fixed) JFK hasn’t darkened my doorstep in weeks. I figured he was adopted by someone (he was very sweet) or has met his match. I’d like to think it was the former.

  4. Todd (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 8:08 am

    I remember a pack of 3 black dogs roaming around Inman/Freedom Park back in 2003 or so; a few neighborhood cats were killed but then I never heard of or saw them again after that. I find it weirdly impressive (and disturbing) that this ‘pack’ has survived on the streets for that long.

  5. Tyler (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    Will- it is quite obvious that this is not a black dog, but in fact, a vampire. If you recall, in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Count takes the form of a black dog when he leaves the Demeter upon arrival to England; he kills a local dog and wreaks general havoc upon the neighborhood. I suggest that you supply yourself with crucifixes, wolfsbane, and ash-wood stakes. If you need further assistance, please contact me at the above email and I can put you in touch with some very experienced vampire exterminators.

    Stay cool- and don’t invite him in :-)

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