i am so upset! Trying not to cry. Oh, forget about it, i'm going to cry. My sweet Maribou, my sweetest and prettiest Showgirl, came within inches of being killed by my neighbor's cat tonight. i saw him twice trying to sneak into the yard. First from one side, and i chased him back to the fence line. Next thing i know he's in another position, staring at my girls. So i chase him away again. i don't see him at the back of the property anymore. i am just a foot or two from my three showgirls who are happily pecking around. All of a sudden Maribou lets out a distress call and starts running towards me, in her awkward staggering way. i see that darn cat in full throttle, front legs forward, rear legs back, flying in the air towards her - INCHES from her. i fly out of my chair and scream at him to get the heck out of there. He stops mid-stream and bolts for the back fence. i grab Maribou and feel all over for puncture wounds - luckily, there are none - but it was dang close! i still was not sure that cat was gone, so i donned a forehead flashlight, grab the hose and head for the back of the property. There he is, prancing around and spraying my husband's riding lawn mower. i have the water nozzle on jet stream, so let him have it and don't let up until he is waaaaaaaaaaaay over the fence. But, i am still in shock. i was right there. My beautiful Maribou could have been snagged and dragged away screaming. That darn cat had better not set one teeny paw pad in our yard again!