This is sort of random, but I guess that's what Cat Chat's for, right?
So yesterday before dinner it was so nice and cool I decided to give the cats another supervised outing behind my apartment building (this is the second time I've done this so far). They seemed to have a good time. They met a new person (my new downstairs neighbor), and they touched noses with Julius, the orange tomcat who lives downstairs-and-across from me, through the screen of his porch. Stormy watched a millipede and Misty caught a moth! Stormy also seems to have investigated several spiders and ended up covered in spiderwebs in the process. She then went up to the ledge on the landing that she always scares me by going on and settled in to wash them off again.
However, most exciting, Misty and Stormy met a DOG! A guy heading out to walk his golden retriever in the woods behind my building came over to say hello to my downstairs-and-across neighbor and walked right past Misty and Stormy. The dog was very interested in them (I don't know enough about goldens to say whether it was more likely thinking, "Cats! Let's hunt!" or "Cats! Let's see if they want to be friends!") and Misty and Stormy were very interested in him.
I grabbed their harnesses to hold them, but Stormy squirmed free and went up to within a few yards of the dog so as to better keep it under surveillance (from the realtive safety of under the stairwell). Her tail and the fur on her back were fluffed up the whole time, though. Misty was calmer but also stayed much farther away from the dog.
Of course, once the dog left, the place on the concrete where it had been required thorough sniffing.
I felt a little bad since several other people started to walk their dogs behind the building and then turned back when they saw me out with the cats, but I figure I don't take them out very often so the dogs can go around the front of the building this once.