Care to cat-sit for a year? (Drive Day 1 minus 14 years and 35 days)
Cats and year-long road trips through Latin America don’t mix. I know this. I’ve tried taking Rosie to the vet in a soft, comfy cat carrier and still can’t get the smell of kitty terror out of the seat. You’d think she’d be braver, born as she was under our Capitol Hill rose tree on the morning of 9/11. Her whole litter got snapped up by kitten-comforted friends but Rosie claimed ownership of Wipeout and our hearts. Now we’re two weeks away from leaving and she can’t come along.
Time for the hardest email I’ve ever had to write. It’s one thing to ask friends to drop by and clean the litterbox. But keep a resentful, abandoned cat for a year while we take the trip of a lifetime? Better add family members to the address line and hope this video lands an offer.
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