Tarry for the Nonce

September 14, 2005

Cats Don’t Like Water

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:58 am

And Mammou is safe too:

Ray Lambert came home for the first time since Katrina yesterday, and the first thing he did was batter frantically at his house with a sledgehammer.

The front and back doors were both blocked from the inside by furniture washed up against them, and somewhere in there, in the mess and the slime and the ruins of his life, were his eight cats . . .

Lambert, 56, the drummer ina successful brass band, the Storyville Stompers, immediately found his wedding picture, covered in muck but salvageable. “Oh, my wife will be so happy,” he said, whistling again anxiously for his pets . . .

And then, from nowhere, a hysterical ball of brown fur came flying out of a dark corner and Lambert grabbed it up, weeping joyously.

“Mamou! Little Mamou!” he crooned. “This is the one I felt the most guilty about leaving. She always senses when I’m going away and gives me the pitiful ‘Please don’t leave’ look” . . .

Lambert gave the cat food and water, put her in a carrier and plunged back into the hellhole that was his house to look for the others.


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