We had an appointment with the veterinarian in Carcassonne this morning. Felix has come to equate his pet carrier with suitcases and a trip to Chateau Miaou….. so, with nary a suitcase in sight, he wasn’t sure why he was being put into the carrier. He quietly pondered this strange turn of events during the 45 minute journey.
As usual, the directions we had printed from the internet didn’t jive with reality and we were hopelessly lost…..eventually finding our way by what I call “the Braille method,” feeling our way around until we happen upon the right road.
The veterinarian, Dr Broy, was boyishly handsome and, more importantly, spoke English. After explaining the purpose of our visit (a “healthy pet certificate” for Air France), he escorted us into an examination room, opened the door of the carrier and beckoned Felix out. Felix, acutely aware than no good ever comes from rooms that smell of antiseptic and alcohol, wouldn’t budge. Craig tried to coax him out to no avail……so Dr Broy tipped the back of the carrier up…..and, like molasses out of a jar, Felix started slowing oozing out…..inch by furry inch. As more and more Felix became visible, Dr Broy laughed and said “He is a big cat.” When Felix was finally fully on the table, Dr Broy took his temperature (oh, the indignity), checked his mouth and eyes, palpated his underside, weighed him (8.2 kilos!) and pronounced him “healthy.”
With certificate in hand, we headed back to the cottage…..driving through the little village of Trebes. We’d been avoiding this town since last March, when we witnessed the Plane trees that lined the canal being cut down. It’s just been too sad to drive by these barren banks. But today we were elated to see hundreds of trees being replanted!
According to signs on the support posts, these Plane trees are disease resistant. Estatic is too mild a word to describe how happy this made us…..once again, there will be life along the canal.
I’m not sure who put it up or why it was written in English, but the “Occupy Movement” is truly worldwide if it’s found it’s way to the sleepy Languedoc.
“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees” ~ Hal Borland