Our Jet Set Kitty: An International Pet Adoption

Since May 2017, we have a Siamese-mix cat whom we adopted from Spain. Why adopt? And why adopt from abroad? Our planet has no shortage of cats, and due to the lax neutering attitude of many people, cats often multiply without control. Most animal protection organisations advocate neutering and run neutering programmes, but it is not always enforced. In our federal state, some towns and districts made it a law that if your cat goes outside, it has to be neutered, and there is a petition that...

Move almost accomplished!

At the beginning of a new year, we expect to be full of plans, energy and perhaps some resolutions how to do better  – or maybe have a full list of them? I hope you had a great start to the new year, and that your plans and wishes will be fulfilled. I started 2018 in the rain with a half-finished bottle of Gaillac sparkling wine, a wet cat and not a firework in sight, but with some of my family, so it was good! A day...

Haiku No. 4

Friday is Haiku Day! Fairy Lights outside but winter cold and darkness grips me hard 屋外のフェアリーライト      Okugai no fearīraito 冬の寒さと暗闇                      fuyu no samu-sa to kurayami 私を強く握る                          watashi o tsuyoku nigiru Yeah, it probably makes no sense whatsoever in Japanese, but it’s kinda fun to stick it into Google Translate. I really wanted something a bit sunnier ‘n funnier but the dark wet weather...

Haiku No.3

      * This is not a very traditional Haiku (the second line has eight syllables) but since I already butchered Line One and Three. Also, I wondered for some time whether I can love a place that belongs to a country that has such a poor animal welfare record and demands animal testing on cosmetics. However… Hongkong actually has, with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a strong animal welfare advocacy, and recognises international cosmetic safety standards and does not require additional...