Upon arriving home last night, I found a small pillowcase worth of feathers on the front step, un-pillowcased. Just a pile of feathers all over the welcome mat. Our front door is not clear, the shades were drawn and there was no bird carcass to be found. Just feathers. There are a few possible explanations for this.
1) Our new dog got out of her kennel, turned off the alarm, unlocked the front door, slaughtered a small bird, disposed of the body, cleaned up the blood, went back inside, locked the door, turned the alarm back on, got back in her kennel and closed it, only then realizing she forgot to clean up the feathers, but it was too late. I find this to be the least likely explanation.
2) A neighborhood cat happened by at the exact moment a bird was on our doormat for the first time ever. A skirmish ensued and the bird lost. Not a bad guess, but there was no blood to be found. Though maybe a snapped neck doesn't bleed.
3) Some Croatian is sending us a threatening message. It's well known that Italians send a dead fish as a warning that you are about to be brutally murdered and thrown into a body of water, where you will sleep with the fishes. Croatians, however, use feathers to symbolize that like a bird falling out of the sky, you are about to be dead. I need to find out if I have a neighbor named Dag Zaboblevic who is upset about some property line matter.