Cats & Dogs
Posted: November 13, 2009
I like animals, but prior experience tells me that it is in everyone's best interest to limit the cumulative number of household pets to the single digits. As I planned to assist my girlfriend and her two teenage children move to the Village of Lake Hallie this month, I was assigned the duty to bring four of the felines and the oldest dog to the local animal shelter. Since I did not have much attachment to the animals, I obliged.
I am not sure if you have ever transported cats via a moving vehicle, but it is an interesting chore to say the least. First of all, anyone who has owned cats knows that they can sense a human's thoughts by the person's actions and voice level. I am among those who are not fond of felines, but I was committed to making their trip to the adoption center as pleasant as it could be since they were likely to have new homes within a short period of time. However, since cats are not good travelers, it was decided that the felines would be placed in small cardboard boxes to make the trip less harrowing.
Upon arrival at the upscale animal shelter in Woodbury,MN, I unfortunately lost one of the cats. He was an outdoor beast and was rather rambuctious. He became a bit unnerved by the 45-minute drive in a small, dark box and clawed and scratched his way free of my reign while I tried to introduce him to the animal shelter workers. Frankly, I understand his uneasiness since I do not operate well in small and confined dark places either.
I left the animal shelter knowing that four of the five intended adoptees were delivered safely. I thought, for just a moment, that I should tell my girlfriend that all were safe and in a better place. But, I thought otherwise while on my trip back home and told her the story about the cat that got away. About 30 minutes later, I was turning around to try to find the lost cat. Fortunately, the animal shelter staff corralled the small male feline and all was good. I avoided having to tell a white lie and I did not have to grovel and coax a missing cat back to the adoption center.
There are still a few kittens and a seven-pup litter that are available for anyone who wants to house some very pleasant animals. The dogs are a Labrador/Collie mix with the male influence being a pure-bred Afghan. I am not sure about the make up of the cats, but I will deliver any or all at no charge. I promise that none will be transported in a cardboard box since that did not work so well last time.
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