As some may be aware, but many not, Chester, my faithful writing assistant, mice catcher, and general pain in the neck, passed away some months ago.
Recently I was running a series based on his adventures, under the title of Past Conversations with my cat.
For those who have not had the chance to read about all of his exploits I will run the series again from Episode 1
These are the memories of our time together…
This is Chester. You wouldn’t think he would have an interest in horse racing.
He does. Today, in Australia, is the day the Melbourne Cup is run. It seems to be the biggest thing on the racing calendar, not only in Melbourne but the rest of the country.
Chester, as usual, doesn’t seem to think it’s all that great.
He wants to know why the cat races are not televised.
What cat races?
It seems he had been watching Fox Sports, and there’s dog races, greyhounds he says.
I’ve heard of them, even went once or twice when we lived in Melbourne, where there was a dog race track.
Well, he says, if they can race dogs, they can race cats.
I appear a little sceptical. What are they going to chase?
Isn’t that a little cruel, I mean, you’ll get the animal rights people up in arms.
Over mice, he snorts. No one likes mice. But if it’s a problem, why not rats? Everyone hates rats.
So, I say, you’re up for it then. We could make a killing.
A shake of the head, and nose in the air. “Of course not, I’m a pedigree cat. That’s for the alley cats. I’ll be watching from the Royal box thankyou.”