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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Big cat sighting in Elmwood

September 27, 2009 at 02:06 PM

Not really. But if things don’t change soon, real soon, it looks like I might have to deal with a cat in my life once again.

Last night a few friends were over and talk turned to cats. Just when I said we might have a cat again some day I heard meowing on the deck outside. Well, I picked up a broom to go shoo whatever cat was visiting. But after a few swats, I saw a cool pattern on the side of the cat. “Looks like a bull’s eye,” my wife said. Sure does. Made me think of some cats I’ve encountered while quail hunting that also had bull’s eyes on them, but that’s another story.

Anyway, we went to bed and I was sure the cat would be out of sight. No such luck. There Bullseye was in the morning, meowing up a storm. Even let me pick her up and pet her. Tthen the dog got wind of the situation and chased her up a tree. Eventually she escaped and ran off. I figured that was the last time we’d see her for sure.

So off we went to Mass. The boys were hoping the cat would return. I had mixed emotions. On the one hand, I hate cats. On the other hand, I kind of like cats.

Well, when we returned home, my wife had a sheepish look on her face and the baby Boo Boo was squealing with delight somewhere inside the house.

“Where’s the cat?” I asked.


Opening the door I got my answer. There was Boo Boo, playing with Bullseye, throwing a little ball for the cat and laughing his head off.

So if you lost a cat with a bull’s eye on its side in Elmwood recently, please let me know. And soon. Otherwise it looks like the Lampe family will grow again.

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