Born in Verchères, Haute Savoie (France)
in April 1993, Beanie was vaccinated and received his health
passport to travel to the United States in July 1993. He is a
European tabby of uncertain lineage, though his father is believed
to be a barn cat from the dairy farm which is located near his
Beanie spends most of the year in Ohio, though he returns every
summer to his native Haute Savoie, where he is a respected mouser.
He visits the neighbors' vegetable gardens and catches multitudes
of field mice, garden rats, voles, lizards, and even the occasional
mole. While he likes to a nibble on fresh rodents, he clearly
prefers roast chicken.
the end of 1999, Beanie had crossed the Atlantic Ocean a total
of 11 times, which makes him quite the experienced traveler. (The airlines
refuse, however, to grant him frequent flyer miles.) He always travels in the passenger cabin, his first two crossings
in steerage having resulted in cases of pneumonia. He now accepts
the voyage with resignation, and complains little of the cramped
accommodations on board modern aircraft. He has traveled in Embraer
and Canadair commuter jets, as well as MD-11, Airbus A-320, A-330,
A-340, and Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets. He apparently prefers the
MD-11, (he his much calmer in an MD-11) though he has not yet explained his choice, and likely never will. As an interesting side note, we returned in
August 1998 on the very aircraft that crashed off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, a few weeks later. But we still fly on Swissair.
Beanie evidently understands cat, French
and English with equal facility, though he speaks only cat.
Egwin's web page: a British dog prepares to travel to Europe
under the new pet travel regulations
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