There are occasions in our lives where we experience something or see something that we perceive isn’t right. We have the choice of turning away and remaining silent or speaking up and letting our objections be known. Sometimes we think it won’t change anything anyway – if we speak up, but if you speak loud enough and long enough, you just might make a difference.
When our cat Robin Hood was about a year old, my family went away for a little weekend trip. Our other cats were going to stay at home (and be fed by a relative), but we felt Robin would be better off if we boarded him with our vet since he had some issues with being alone. Plus we couldn’t be sure that our house would still be intact if we left him home alone. I worried about all the cats while we were gone. We called to check on them and were assured that they were fine, although the woman who answered the phone at our vet’s office did have a funny tightness in her voice when we spoke to her. Probably had nothing to do with Robin. We couldn’t wait to get our family all back together when we got home so we hurried to the vet’s to pick up Robin. We thought it was a bit funny when our rather bleary-eyed vet met us at the door with Robin’s carrier. I asked if he was okay. She quickly said that oh yes, he was fine. He’d eaten fine and uh, been held all weekend. I thought she meant they held him a lot. I was glad and said so. Oh no, that’s not what she meant. Someone had held him the whole time we’d been gone, she said. If they put him down he’d start screaming and didn’t stop until they picked him up again. Now if you’ve ever heard a Siamese scream you’ll know what they were up against. None of the other animals could rest, pet owners thought someone was being tortured in the back room, light bulbs may have broken! Robin didn’t seem any worse for the wear. As a matter of fact, he seemed quite pleased with himself. From his perspective, he didn’t like what was going on and protested loudly until he got to go home – however long it took. We’ve had the same vet for over twenty years and she is still talking about the time we boarded Robin. We never did it again. I would have been afraid to ask her and she probably told everyone she knew about Robin so there’d be no where else to take him. Robin spoke up and changed his world.