Monday, 16 April 2012
The Story of Meh the Cat, and Other Things
This is Meh the Cat. I met her one evening last week when I was walking around the Byward Market area of downtown Ottawa. She was sitting atop the most amazing contraption I have seen in quite some time - several wheels supporting some large boxes covered by tarps. As I was trying to get a good picture of her and the contraption she was sitting on, the "owner" of this interesting pile of stuff came across the street with a bowl of water. He was obviously a homeless man. I asked him about his contraption and he told me that it was home for him, his cat and his dog (who was tied to the front). I told him I liked his cat and asked if he minded if I took a picture and he said no problem. When I asked the cat's name he said it was Meh and spelled it.(My picture is not the greatest because Meh kept moving around.) I would have liked to take a picture of his contraption but it seemed a bit exploitative - I didn't want to treat him like a sideshow freak just because he was poor and homeless. Then I gave him a donation to help feed his animals and left. He was a young man, pleasant to talk to, and obviously good to his pets. I wish him and Meh and the dog good luck - in this difficult world, they are going to need it.
Posted by Evlyn at 19:00