Just down the street from where I live is a revelation of sorts for me, a pet store owned by a woman whose love of cats (and dogs) far exceeds mine. Walking in can be a challenge for the faint of nosed, as the smell of fur and pheromones can be overwhelming. But get past that and you'll find yourself in a veritable pet paradise -- as far as Beijing is concerned, anyway -- a place inhabited by all breeds -- familiar and exotic -- of cats and dogs. Here, the prisoners truly have taken over the asylum, and the owner doesn't mind. "I do this because I love them," she says without a trace of craziness.
When I first walked in last week, after getting Pi, I met the biggest cat I'd ever seen, a 24-pound white 13-year-old who was truly big-boned (as opposed to fat). I didn't take a picture, but when I visited yesterday with Kevin and Casey -- because Kevin wanted to buy Pi a gift -- I had my camera out and ready. Here's what I got:
The kittens are adorable, right? They go for 2,000-3,000 RMB, which, for China standards, is expensive beyond compare. Of course, the owner doesn't mind if you don't take any. "Those I don't sell I raise myself," she says. Love, indeed.
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