We're in the midst of the most severe drought we've experienced in France, and no rain in the forecast. So we're hoping it will rain cats and dogs. But in the meantime, lets talk the real thing: the many cats and dogs of France.I can't resist an annual post on my favorite subject: what the French call les animaux domestiques.
First up, the ladder climbing cat at left, Poes, the cat of our Dutch neighbors Frank and Marjo. Their story: one day a severely injured kitten turned up in their garden. Frank and Marjo kindly had it stitched up at the vet and left some food out on their terrace, while it healed.
"You've got a cat,", we, and our friends, told them. "Oh no," they both responded firmly. "We've never had a cat. We don't like cats." We all listened politely. "You've got a cat," we said.
Not a week had gone by before we started getting emails from them, with photos attached of said cat being absolutely charming. "Isn't she cute?" they gushed. Suddenly she had been given a name.
Update on the cat Poes: she now has his own fancy cat door, and an implanted chip that allows her exclusive use of it. She often sports a colorful bandana. She is much adored. This will be no surprise to anyone owned by a cat.
Next story: a friend and I were driving through a village when we came across these caged cats, below. We were appalled! Cats in a cage, out in the hot sun, quelle horreur! We quickly pulled over to investigate.
But take a closer look: one cage opens to the inside, through a hole in the glass, and there's an opening between the two cages. So in fact, this is a clever outdoor terrace for a couple of indoor cats! We think EVERY indoor cat should have one.
Below, some of the other cat and dog photos from this year.
Photo Below: French dogs usually sit politely under the table. This adorable chien is longing for a treat. Who could resist him?
Below: one day we wandered into a shop, and saw the resident cat, conveniently stored in a drawer. A perfect cat nest.
The Favorite Dog, below: Our friends Alix and Paul's dog, Mignon, is a world traveler and social media star. Here, a selfie in Cluny (with a little help from Paul).
In a French shop window, a happy kitty-kettle.
And finally, a catnap with my boy Domino, on our galerie.
A little French vocabulary:
cat: un chat
kitten: un chaton
kitty: un minou, une minette
dog: un chien
puppy: un chiot
Here, kitty kitty kitty! How the French call a cat: Mi mi mi!
In the COMMENTS: What lovely and thoughtful comments everyone left on the Charleston shooting, well worth a read. Duly noted: the deinstitutionalization of mental patients a few decades ago was and is a shameful plan which has left us with a huge homeless problem, and sometimes violence. Perhaps not in this case, but in many others.