Walking the Cat

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Photo by Evelyn Simak


One day I decided to take Pooder, my cat, for a walk. I was probably about nine or ten, and I don’t remember anyone else being around. I guess my parents were working, and Brandy must have been at a friend’s house. I was bored and decided that taking Pooder for a walk would be a good thing. I didn’t have a leash, but I did have a jump rope.

After hunting Pooder down from where she was sleeping under the bed, I pinned her down and tied the jump rope carefully around her middle. It would have been mean to tie it around her neck!

I packed a bag with food and something to drink, ready for a grand adventure. Pooder and I were going to explore the woods, fight a bear, and make friends with a moose.


I happily skipped out the door with Pooder following being dragged behind me. She moved reluctantly, obviously fearful of the adventure we were embarking on, but I encouraged her with kind words, mostly “Come on, kitty, it’ll be so much fun!”

I don’t think she believed me. Halfway across the street Pooder decided to attempt suicide. She lay down and refused to move any further. I was frantic. A semi was headed our way! I tugged on the rope and called out to her, tears filling my eyes. Finally I leapt into the street, scooped her up and collapsed on the side of the street. I clutched Pooder to me, crying and apologizing for traumatizing her like that. Several minutes later the semi passed by, and I took Pooder home and fed her the lunch meat I’d packed for her lunch.

I never tried to take her for a walk again.

So my Spider friends do you have any fun walking a pet stories?

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10 responses »

  1. Awww. I can totally imagine a little you all excited about your grand adventure with your kitty! 🙂 When I was about 10 I tried to teach my kitty to do a backflip…I guess I thought he could be in the circus. Every day I’d grab him around the middle and spin him around in a flip. He loved it of course! One day he was standing strangely in the middle of our lawn. I watched him wondering what was wrong with him. Then…BAM…he did a back flip on his own. I started squealing and ran to tell my mom and brother. They didn’t believe me and that cat never flipped again. They *still* don’t believe me!

  2. Well, I don’t have any pet stories to add to the list, but it was a good post. I can think back to the outside cats we had when I was younger and watching them do the same thing.

  3. This is hilarious, Alica, and sooooo precious, especially imagining 10 year old you and your cat befriending a moose. My cats are all strictly indoors-only, so I knew better than to take them outside. Still, I always wanted to have a cat who was chill with walking on a leash and wanted to roam around the neighborhood with me.

  4. LOL Cute story! What’s funny is I met a woman at the NaNoWriMo write in this weekend who was showing everyone photos of her cat – with a leash on – and yes, she takes it for a walk every day! We pretty much concluded that hers was one of those confused cats that thinks it’s a dog. 🙂

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