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Poppie Transits Through Pakistan - 2008

Pakistan's Certificate of Health that allowed Poppie to transit to the West in 2008 - click to enlargeTigger House arranged for Poppie to fly through Islamabad to New York.  He couldn’t come with us since we had to fly through Dubai and they had complicated quarantine issues.  First, Poppie flew on a short flight from Kabul to Islamabad, on which he did not do well.  I was getting calls and emails that Poppie was ill, though some of the concern stemmed from the vet in Pakistan not knowing about Poppie’s pre-existing condition.

 

Poppie in Afghanistan - How it Started - 2007

Poppie is an unusual cat because he comes from Afghanistan.  Poppie at the compound in Kabul - Spring 2008He walked into our compound in Kabul and immediately rubbed against the legs of everyone including the guards. This meant he was not a feral cat, though he never did this again.  We think someone might have dropped him off with us, hoping that foreigners would feed him.  He was very weak and thin and I thought he might be suffering fatally from one of those diseases cats get.  My husband insisted on bringing him into our little house in the compound but in my view, he would then become “our cat” and we could not leave him behind when we left.  My husband agreed, not knowing the consequences of this action.

This so far unnamed cat just needed food and some attention and he improved.  We used the services of a young local veterinarian who had an office nearby. He made a house call since we didn’t have a carrier and brought medicine for worms and gave the cat several shots.  We noticed that the cat walked oddly and the vet thought he had been hit by a car and needed ground up calcium tablets to speed up his recovery.

 

Poppie Arrives in America - 2008

Poppie Meets Stairs and his New Friend

Poppie in action in the US with Ficho his new friend snoozing abovePoppie arrived at home in Washington, DC and encountered his first problem—stairs.  Poppie had not had to negotiate more than a few steps before. Normally we kept the litter box for our other cat in the basement and of course, we had bedrooms upstairs.  In the beginning, we kept a litter box in the first floor powder room, obviously not a long-term solution in my eyes.  Our other cat, Ficho (originally from Macedonia), stayed where he was boarding for a few days extra so Poppie could adjust.

 

Poppie Departs for Jordan - 2010

Poppie had to move once more, this time to Aqaba, Jordan. Since we weren't sure we would have housing when we arrived, we had to ship the cats after we left, which pet shippers recommend.  Shipping independently assures the best treatment and the animals are not subject to the temperature and seasonal restrictions that apply if they went as baggage.  Of course this is a more expensive option.  Poppie and Ficho only had to board for a week before they took Lufthansa flights from Washington Dulles, arriving in Amman at 1:00 a.m.  The pet shipper had arranged for a vet to expedite their arrival, though it should not have been a problem since Jordan did not have many entry requirements. Or so we thought.

 

Great Poppie Art

Poppie Art YellowInspired by his epic journey, Poppie has produced art for you to enjoy. Please click here for Poppie Art.

 

A True Story

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Helping Other Poppies

Poppie Art RedOther Poppies are helped by the Afghan Stray Animal League and the CH Kitties Club.