Since coming to live with me last May, Parker has been the centre of my world. I treat him like an only child by constantly buying him toys and treats; he is fed veterinarian formula food, and I brush him every other day. There are those other two cats in the house, though, and we have had the odd visitor. My roommate, Kat, owns a cat with her ex-boyfriend; I have a cat living at home with my mother; my parents got a new puppy who goes everywhere with them. The time also came when Parker had to go attend a slumber party. Parker has met many-a new friend, but he didn't exactly love all of them immediately.
Parker's Busy Life
Using the daily habits of my one-of-a-kind cat to support pet ownership.
Elena Robertson worked at Merivale Cat Hospital from January to September in 2011 where she held the title of Vet Assistant/Receptionist. She presently works at Ottawa Veterinary Hospital as receptionist. I interacted with her in her Receptionist role at MCH when Parker needed neutering. She and I had a mutual friend who referred me to Elena when I had all of my new pet questions that I didn’t want to bother my vet with. MCH is where she got her own cat neutered, so I trusted her judgment.
Living in the corporate world that North American society has become, it is difficult to avoid advertisements fighting to make me think about their product all day. From commercials on the television, to pages upon pages in my copy of Cosmopolitan, to a leisurely walk down Bank St., my eyes absorb numerous ads. Anything from burgers, to shirts, to strollers, if Company X gives me a message that I cannot deny, or shows me an image that I envy, I am likely to think that I need that product.
Parker is the first real pet I’ve had, who has been my financial and emotional responsibility solely. The first responsible owner thing that I did was find Parker a veterinarian. I Googled which vet was the closest to my house, one that I could walk to to save on cab fare (no pets allowed on the bus). The Fisher Glen Animal Hospital was the winner! In our first visit I was given a folder full of information, like how much I can expect to spend at the vet, how to kitten-proof my house, or which food was the best.
William Powers uses a prologue to describe the world of screens as a room full of people that cannot be escaped or ignored. One is constantly being tapped on the shoulder by old acquaintances or strangers. His protagonist searches for the exit but it cannot be found; the protagonist does eventually come across a hole that reveals a nothingness, into which the protagonist takes a risk and leaps.