To answer Mom’s question (in her comment on yesterday’s post), the bear did not steal my running shoe. Apparently, Muzz was holding it hostage. About an hour after I brought Joe back from the airport, Muzz disappeared down the stairs and returned with my shoe, cold and damp, in his thieving maw.
I guess he just wanted to ensure the return of his owner. Or at least that I wouldn’t leave until Joe came back.