Pet Tales

Here’s a cat so fine, he inspired these lines

pettales@thetribunenews.comJune 13, 2013 

Judith Bernstein of Arroyo Grande took to verse to describe ‘Ulu.’

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Judith Bernstein of Arroyo Grande sent me a poem she wrote about her new cat, Ulu.

“You once published a story about my former cat Sophie and her love of a ceramic fountain. I have a new cat, Ulu, a Maine Coon, whom I adopted one day before his owners were leaving for Colorado. At that point, no one had come forward in response to a Craigslist ad, and they were just going to leave him in the house for the renters moving in, hoping they would adopt him. Fat chance! He is a difficult cat in some ways but an extremely loving cat who seems to live for cuddles and, of course, food. So I wrote the poem below about him.”

Chatting with my cat

My cat and I like to chat. Sometimes we have the same conversation: I want water! OK, but not from the bathtub. Yes, from the tub! No, from the sink! Tub! Sink! Tub! Oh, all right, tub but next time sink.

And sometimes we don’t. Are you bored Ullie cat? How about more treats? Come sit at the window and see the birds! I’m standing by my bowl, where are you?

And other times it’s a wordless chat with Ullie on my lap, or wrapped around my neck like a mink stole, and I stroke, scratch, brush or tickle and he stretches, yawns, and purrs.

Then I know we’re really talking!

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Benefit film screening

A screening of “Always Faithful” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Hearst Castle Theater in San Simeon. Proceeds benefit California State Park Canine Foundation to support training and equipment for active police dog teams and to provide charitable assistance for the care of retired canine partners. Tickets are $12 to $15. www.rangerK9.org  .

K9 Walk-a-Thon

The Friends of the Morro Bay Police Department are holding a benefit K9 Walk-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the city park in Morro Bay. The event includes a 1K or 1.5K walk, police K9 demonstrations (with a special appearance by MBPD K9 Xello), photo booth, adoptable dogs, contests, vendors and more. Registration is $20 and includes a goodie bag. For more information, call 772-6225.

Purr-fect cat matches at Woods

June is “Name Your Own Price” month on all adult cats over six months old at Woods Humane Society. Each adoptable cat is already spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before going home. Visit Woods at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo or visit them online at http://www.woodshumanesociety.org .

Baby bird rescue training

Pacific Wildlife Care is experiencing high numbers of baby birds at its rehab center in Morro Bay. Most of the babies have been orphaned due to ill-advised springtime tree/bush trimming. Over the next few months, if you have two to four hours a week to volunteer to help baby birds, get involved by calling 543-9453. At the recording, hit the “#” key to leave a message with your name, phone and availability. Training is available. (P.S., remind friends and neighbors to always check for nests before doing any spring trimming!)

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