My last post was about Sarah, her cat and Canadian air. It hit home because one day I'll be leaving Korea with two cats. I didn't plan on having any cats, let alone two.... but then a friendly cat showed up outside my work and I took pity on him, had him neutered and named him Bear.
Geumbi, my personal cat from hell, is also my dearest love. Loved by a Korean woman, hated and beaten by her husband, she was given to a shelter with her litter mate who died. She lived in shelter a long time, and, after finding a foster, was returned three months later only to got into liver failure. (She did this again, after coming home with me.) Through all of this, she had a serious auto-immune disease. Pain was the root cause of most of her neurotic behaviors and the only semi-successful treatment was full tooth extraction. Nobody was going to take this cat. I mean Nobody. And if she went back to the shelter she would have died. The fact that I did adopt her does not negate that she suffered for years.
Anyway, because Geumbi is easily stressed taking her back to the states is a huge concern. I'm worried about Bear too because he may be too big to go under the seat and airlines have been known to crush pets... well, it's something I worry about.
And because I'm as neurotic as Geumbi, I am worrying about it now, perhaps years in advance. Sigh.
Ps: As I type, Geumbi Girl is laying with her head just by my keyboard, legs limp, eyes blinking cat "I love yous."
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018