August 25, 2021
From The "Happy Trails Ranch"
To the Folks at Hastings Lake Animal Hospital
We, the adorable cat brothers Henri and Erwin whole heartedly agree, that it has been nothing but a most enjoyable event revisiting your fine establishment.
Although we are definitely not lacking in oftentimes spinechilling adventures as well as a multitute of diverse occupations here at our "Happy Trails Ranch", we nevertheless consider a visit with you the highlight of that day, and thank you with our utmost contented purrs for caring so deeply for our well-being!
Some of our highly anticipated activities though were recently curbed by our mumsie's decision to keep a small window, our gateway to a stimulating nightlife of unimaginable enterprises closed, forcing us to slowly adapt to a bedtime regime long before the witching hour, and even before Mr. Sandman has an inkling of our whereabouts.
As I, Erwin are rated by many in the know as a hunter of superb skills, I consider it only fair when showered with accolades as to my outstanding accomplishments! They often have included lavishly rendered meat gifts bestowed on my beloved mumsie, skillfully lugged through previously mentioned, loosely screencovered open window, to be deposited by her chair, accompanied by vocal sounds of much emotional fervor. To be quite honest I always expected her to be a tad more enthusiastic as to my generosity and profound consideration as to leaving every head attached, taking into account the sacrifice Henri and I were imposing on ourselves as connoisseurs of such an unsurpassed delicacy!
But with much love coursing through my veins I began to double my efforts as to the perfect gift and finally managed to render mumsie completely speechless when, with the utmost effort of willpower I laboriously tugged a well endowed snowshoe hare to her side, accompanied by high pitched cries of triumph. To which mumsie pointedly remarked that they were a volume to surely awaken an Egyptian mummy. Daddy was brought into the circle of admirers, but before I even had completed polishing my whiskers to desired satisfaction, my trophy had vanished!! Heavenly intervention?
And so we continue to prowl about - brother Henri and I, landowners of some magnitude. We know a thing or two about the inhabitants occupying this space with us and our practise of honing our wilderness skills are never taken lightly.
May all of us be blessed with a long, healthy, and joyous life.
Erwin & Henri
Dr. Karen Allen has a small veterinary practice on her farm in rural Alberta. She cares for companion animals and farm pets, plus two growing children and her own menagerie of misfits from Sully the bed pooper to Ruby the naughty red pony who was sent home from the trainer's with an "F" on her report card! Karen's passion for veterinary medicine only barely eclipses her passion for surfing...which she took up at age 39 when she probably should have been looking at one piece bathing suits and cruises! And yes, her husband is a saint :)