Monday, October 17, 2005

Coach or Cargo?

Over the weekend, our cat Bilbo received his Delta Deluxe Pet Carrier from Amazon.com. According to the AirFrance guidelines, Bilbo is slightly over weight -- by a pound or two. He must be 11 pounds (with his carrying case) to ride with us in the plane. Over the past few weeks, we have tried to slim him down through a strict exercise regime of throwing toy mice bathed in cat nip across the living room. We've been as successful as getting him to exercise as I have been getting me to exercise! Let's just say he doesn't have a broad attention span. After a few tosses, he quickly retires to the comfort of his bed (See Exhibit "A"). I have visions of the fat American and her fat cat deboarding in Paris, fulfilling all the stereotypes. Interestingly, although not surprisingly, AirFrance has stricter weight guidelines for pets than the U.S. airlines. Perhaps Bilbo should take up smoking, that may help him slim down.

Exhibit "A"


Bilbo . . . thinking of losing weight. Posted by Picasa

2 comments:

Paula said...

I am experiencing a severe case of denial. You both (uhm, you three!) have been such an important part of my life and it's hard to imagine life in SF without you. This is one fun way for everyone to stay in touch. I'm currently thinking of other fun ways......... :-)
And, regarding Bilbo and his weight loss - can you take him for walks in The Creek? Do cats take walks? See, this is why I don't have kids, I don't even have a clue as to how to care for a cat, much less l'enfant terrible ;-)
Also, maybe if you don't give in to Bilbo's fetish for being stroked as he eats, he may not eat as much! Meow!!

Guillaume&Charlotte said...

OMG ! i've never seen such a big squirrel !! are they all black and touffu like that ? ( sorry dont have the english word for touffu but its somthing like the fred haircut :p )