Hubcat from Spotswood

Hi it’s Hubcat again.  Still enjoying my holiday at Spotswood Quarantine Station and I would like to bring you the story of one of my friends I’ve met here, Mad Dog Snuffles.  Mad Dog is a pure bred cat coming in from Spain and he’s as mad as a cut rattlesnake.  If you thought pure bred cats were eccentric, this guy makes them look like Karl Stefanovic (I’ve been catching some breakfast TV on the widescreen). 

Mad Dog had a tough childhood.  He was raised by a pair of guppies (I’ve been picking up the lingo although I’m not sure whether they were dinks or guppies), they had lots of money and no kids and an apartment in Madrid.  They spoiled Mad Dog a lot but they were so intent on making him happy they forgot to teach him anything and Mad Dog grew up without knowing how to read. 

He had trouble during his early years.  He couldn’t read the instructions on boxes so he used to eat his cat litter and I don’t want to tell you what he did to his dry cat food.  He used to cover up his deficiency by playing the clown.  As he got older he started to play the bully. He liked to put other cats in their place.  By the time he was an adult he was too wild with other cats to be let out of the apartment.  His owners have moved to Australia to get him away from his old gang and to give him a new start.

I’ve been teaching him how to read.  It passes the time and it keeps me sharp.  I started by helping him read the importation guidelines for cats.  I got through the section on mandatory neutering and that’s when we had the first escape attempt.  He went straight through that chain link fence like it wasn’t there.  He would have made it out if those damn Irish greyhounds hadn’t jumped the fence in excitement and taken off barking like the world was on fire.  The Spotswood staff rushed out and caught him on the outer fence.  Mad Dog was okay but three Irish greyhounds were treated for wounds.

He has calmed down since he started concentrating on his reading.  He no longer makes up far fetched escape plans in his head, now he writes them down and shares them with the other cats and he has a possum who smuggles them across to the dogs.  If you are in the Spotswood area and you see a large group of un-neutered animals rushing by, that will be thanks to our Mad Dog and the power of the written word.

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– Mad Dog Snuffles surrenders to Spotswood security during a recent escape attempt.

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