A Jolly Trip to the Vet

Mom’s two cats–Ozzie and Sweetie Pie–had to go to the vet’s for a checkup today. Ozzie was easy: he’s the size of an ordinary house cat; I just turn the cat carrier up on end, open the door, pick him up, and slide him in feet-first.

Sweetie Pie won’t fit into a cat carrier. Sweetie Pie won’t fit into an aircraft carrier. If she were a pumpkin, she would win first prize at the State Fair. If she were a science fiction character, she would be Jabba the Hutt. Or maybe the DeathStar. If she were a detective, she’d be Nero Wolfe. If she were a human, she’d be me.

So we had to wrestle her into a harness. Three times, because we kept getting it on wrong. Then we attached a leash to it and dragged her behind us like Epamanondus. She was not best pleased. She ejected breakfast from the front end on the way there, and from the back end on the way home. I was not best pleased.

WRITING PROMPT: Have a character take an animal to the vet.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “A Jolly Trip to the Vet

  1. Leslie R. Lee

    September 27, 2010 at 1:34pm

    Jeez, you have ALL the fun! Doesn’t seem quite fair but on the other hand, I would hate to deny you. Like to see some photos of your cats, especially the giant kitty. And really liked the story of Epamanondus.

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      Marian Allen

      September 27, 2010 at 3:32pm

      Yeah, it was a million laughs. She didn’t quite manage to hack up a hairball; I can’t imagine how she missed that chance.

      I grew up hearing the story of Epamanondus, although we called him Epamanomus. In the 60’s-70’s, people said it was a racist story, which was news to me. Up until then, I always thought he was white.

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