The Affair of the Cat’s Butt in the Night

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A true story of the darker side of pet parenthood.

Ethel loved to play, and rambunctious curiosity ruled her days. She dumped out all the toys in her toy basket and ran around like she was possessed chasing shiny balls or little stuffed mice.

My dad built her a toy she adored. It was a fishing pole with string and a little tuft of crumbled up newspaper at the end. I…