DAY 92: DESIGNING MY FIRST CAT PENTHOUSE AND MEETING CAPTAIN ‘MAD’
HOW TO SAVE A CAT FROM BENT-FOOT-BENNY
Today I helped this little cat who was hanging out – quite literally.
I noticed that he was stuck to the walls of the cat-pen eight feet up. I thought he was playing but an hour later he was still there. As a rock-climber I know that takes practice. Or a hell of a lot of fear.
Turns out he is being bullied by a fella who has congenitally deformed feet – Bent Foot Benny. Weird shit.
(it’s a strange thing but all the deformed animals here are the top dogs. Blackie the dog has paralysed back legs and controls the top floor by sliding around on his butt as if madly wiping his arse the whole time)
So I made him a little penthouse apartment out of an old bed that I stuck to the wall and suspended from the ceiling. I put him in there and he spent the next five hours preening himself, admiring the views and laughing at bent-foot-Benny.
I assume he can get down? No one told me how to design lifts.
MAD is a man who wants to save the world.
A young local indian man turned up at the centre today. He carried a guitar on his back and a smile on his face and wore an army cap. His name was Vishnu but he told me he preferred to be called ‘Mad’
‘That’s quite a name’ I said.
‘Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius’ he told me with a sing-song voice ‘I am full of mad thinkings, and…I will save anything’ Then, at the top of his voice he called out ‘WE ARE ALL ANIMALS!’
The dogs started barking as if saying ‘speak for yourself’.
I’m not quite sure what the guitar is for (to serenade the dogs?) but I instantly like this chap. He has a ready supply of the unbridled enthusiasm that I feel is in much need out here. And that I don’t always have.
‘Will you come out with me to rescue some dogs?’ I asked, wondering if I should bring a tamborine. We could play Beatles songs for difficult to catch dogs.
‘Sure, man,’ he says. ‘I’ve been in the army.’
‘It can be a mission then’
‘To save he world?’
‘Well…to find a stray dog with bad skin’
‘We are all animals!!!!!’
So…today is a good day. One penthouse for a cat and I have a new friend and parnter. Tomorrow we shall go out at 0800 hours for mission one, stage one, explore and capture, dog down, rescue complete, love love me do…