I’ve armed myself with my helmet and flak jacket just in case people paint me to be an animal hater. I’m not. I’ll admit, for many years I was much more of a cat person than a dog person. When I got married, I bought my wife a dog thinking that it would delay, and maybe even prevent, her from thinking we needed kids. Two children later (who I love very, very much) I’ve been proven wrong and turned into a bit of a dog lover along with an affinity for cats. It’s through that lens that I share this story.
Recently, my family and I were flying Air France home from Europe at the tail end of a family vacation. We were fortunate enough to have some time to check out the wonderful new business class lounge at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport in terminal 2E, Hall L. My wife received a free 20-minute spa treatment, the kids enjoyed a snack and I walked around the lounge, exploring every nook and cranny.
A New Level Of Traveling With Your Pet?
As I walked through the lounge I noticed a woman with a very large, orange cat. The cat reminded me not only of Garfield but of the first pet I can recall having, a Persian ball of fur who used to gallop through our house and eat everything. Our own personal Garfield. The sight of the cat in the lounge initially brought a smile to my face. The woman had removed the cat from its carrier in the lounge and was allowing the cat to lounge on the floor in the middle of the walkway.
That was mildly surprising to me, though I seem to have become desensitized to abnormal activities while traveling. Things got a bit weirder when she started dragging the cat across the floor by a leash because she wanted to change chair. A man (her husband?) hurried over, scooped the cat up and followed her to a new seat. That’s when I noticed there was a second cat.
Once the woman was situated, the orange cat took up a new place on the floor. However, the second cat seemed to be a bit higher in the pecking order, as the woman removed that cat from the carrier and deposited it on the chair beside her. With no seat left for her male companion, he alternated between taking the cats somewhere (bathroom break) and wandering around the lounge. As you can see from the picture below, the cat was very comfortable.
Is This Wrong?
I do love animals, and I would be extremely reluctant to trust an airline to hold a family pet in the cargo hold. Still, I’m not sure I would have the bravado to turn a business class lounge into a comfortable home for my pets. Am I being too harsh when I say I was a bit speechless watching this unfold?
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