It probably won’t surprise you that I was a big fan of Animal Hospital and Pet Rescue, all the Vets series, All Creatures Great and Small, every animal programme back to Rag Tag and Bobtail, my favourite pre-school programme.
In the rehoming programmes the oft-used phrase when the appeal is aired is the animal needs a forever home. I even wrote a short screenplay with those words as a title. Quentin Tarantino still hasn’t called.
One of the things that has touched me in the comments about the lost kitten over the last few days is the hope people are willing to invest in her future. We all want her to have her forever home. Maybe even MasterB, just so long as her forever home isn’t also his. Empathy was entirely lacking in his response to her presence in the flat. Even a day later, the crinkle bag where she had slept was subjected to suspicious sniffs. But by and large, within a few hours of her departure, MasterB was relaxed in his home again.
Wouldn’t it be nice if at the end of December 2013 I could post a link to http://hamiltonscatfund.co.uk/ and you would find a picture of little kitten grown up and as comfortable as MasterB in the above photo. I quite often hear updates about Ron of Essex when I visit the cattery. This picture is from before he was rehomed, and taking an active interest in the cattery’s hens.
Lorely, of Writing from the Edge, would be the perfect forever home for about any pet you could name. She has a menagerie of cats, dogs and hens. Except that as of this month, dogs has become dog. Some of you will already be familiar with her intensely moving account of her dog Bunny’s death in Four Legs and a Tail are Forever, quite the best piece I have ever read that captures the love and joy of having a pet, and the terrible hurt and loss when it dies. For those of you who are unprepared get the hankies ready, and come to think of it, the rest of you need your hankies too for this account of both Underdog and Topdog dying within ten days of each other.
Now that you are all sobbing, a post by the Scroobious Pip to make you laugh. If you follow the Scroob, you’ll know that her boyfriend Andrew has two cats, Pickle, a gorgeous ginger, and Gesso whose sweet baby looks belie a wilful personality and a liking for messing with Andrew’s oil paints and using them to make his own creations on Andrew’s bed linen. So, I give you Gesso, the deaf white cat going loco.
If the little kitten ends up being loved in homes like these, our hopes and wishes for her will reap a great dividend.