The first time I took my cat Jacko to the vet, it was because someone had beaten him, and his mouth was bleeding a lot. On the way to the vet, Jacko escaped from the box. He ran through the park into an office building across the street. I ran after him, calling him, but he did not seem to listen. I was not a good sprinter, and by the time I go to the office compound, Jacko was nowhere to be seen. As I went knocking on every door in the building, asking bewildered people whether they saw a long-haired orange cat, I tried to convince myself that life would go on without Jacko. Still, I kept thinking what his life would be like in the streets. Jacko was a such spoiled cat, used to having his food put in front of him and sharing my bed. How would not survive in the streets. But if he could not be found, what would I do? It would be silly to go to the police and report a missing cat, right?
But to my surprise my expression roused the entire office building into action. Th security guard looked for Jacko under every parked car. People stepped out of their rooms and joined in the search. Finally one of them spotted Jacko slipping into the sewer under the building. The gardener went to fetch a long hose. He told me to wait at the other end of the sewer while he hosed water into it to spook my cat into coming out. Three other security guards stationed themselves around the opening of the sewer, ready to catch Jacko when he came out. After a few pitiful miaows, he finally emerged. I held him tight in my arms, he was soaking wet and still bleeding, but at least I did not lose him. Everybody burst into cheers.
Many of us have pets that we love very, very dearly; and why not? Our pets make us smile, make us feel needed and loved and they are less likely to have affairs with other humans… More over, research has shown that pet-owners live longer and are healthier than pet-less people. That’s why we dedicate this issue to our beloved two-, or four-footed (and in the case of snakes, footless) pets. Look at pet grooming centers and peek into a day in the life of a vet. Read animal jokes and see what celebs think of their pets. And finally, don’t forget to give Fluffy and Kitty a pat on the head, a scratch on the neck and a treat they love. In the case of my beloved Jacko, who, regretfully, died nearly seven years ago, it’s a packet of vanilla-flavored instant cereal.
“Jacko, My Beloved Cat” was edited by http://goo.gl/71UQDh on December 17th, 2013.