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Holiday journal


Sunday December 28th


A beautiful day. I hang a tea towel inside the back window of the car next to Isis’s bed to shield her from the sun.

Fortunately she likes the car. She seems to experience it as part of her territory and a safe place. On the journey down to Wales she is angelic.

On arrival we discover that Daisy cat is cool about Isis. She has sussed Hairy One out. If  poor Isis attempts to get into her own bed when Daisy has already bagged it, a loud hiss is all that is needed. Isis jumps away with alacrity. Sorted.

Passing canine in a confined space is easy too. Daisy knows that Isis will not dare to chase her. Tail in the air, kitty strolls confidently past. Not a problem for a canny cat.

On this first evening Isis seems disorientated and anxious. Much pacing. She needs a lot of reassurance. She’s even reluctant to go for a walk. I draw the curtains in the middle room downstairs where we will sleep. Gratefully, she retires to bed.



Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact or

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