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11. A Missing Cat
The owner of a missing cat is asking
help. “My baby has been missing for over
month now, and I want him back so
,” said Mrs. Brown, a 56-year-old woman. Mrs. Brown
by herself in a trailer park near Clovis.
said that Clyde, her 7-year-old cat, didn’t come
for dinner more than a month ago. The
morning he didn’t appear for breakfast either. After
missed an extra-special lunch, she called the police.
the policeman asked her to describe Clyde, she
him that Clyde had beautiful green eyes, had
his teeth but was missing half of his
ear, and was seven years old and completely
. She then told the officer that Clyde was
a foot high.
A bell went off. “Is
your child or your pet?” the officer suspiciously
. “Well, he’s my cat, of course,” Mrs. Brown
. “Lady, you’re supposed to report missing PERSONS, not
CATS,” said the irritated policeman. “Well, who can
report this to?” she asked. “You can’t. You
to ask around your neighborhood or put up
,” replied the officer.
Mrs. Brown figured that a
would work a lot better than an 8”x11”
of paper on a telephone pole. There was
empty billboard at the end of her street
off the interstate highway. The billboard had a
number on it. She called that number, and
told her they could blow up a picture
Clyde (from Mrs. Brown’s family album) and put
on the billboard for all to see.
can people see it when they whiz by
the interstate?” she asked. “Oh, don’t worry, ma’am,
only whiz by between 2 a.m. and 5:30
.m. The rest of the day, the interstate is
full of commuters that no one moves.” They
her it would cost only $3,000 a month.
she took most of the money out of
savings account and rented the billboard for a
The month has passed, but Clyde has not
. Because she has almost no money in savings,
. Brown called the local newspaper to see if
could help her rent the billboard for just
more month. She is waiting but, so far,
one has stepped forward.