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Friday, February 23, 2007

Can you hear the drums, Fernando?

By Anne Chudobiak

"Missing in Action
(since May 10, from the South End)

-Grey, with short hair
-one-year old
-very nice

Also answers to:

We miss him a lot. He's a good kitty. Bring him back to us, please.

Emilie or Daniel (902) ***-****"

According to this Nova Scotian lost-and-found website, Fernando went missing from Halifax’s South End last spring. So why are these French-language posters turning up in my Montreal neighbourhood this February? Might Fernando really have strayed more than a thousand kilometres away from home? It seems unlikely for a cat with an eye condition. All I can say is, Fernando or whatever name you go by now, someone out there loves you very much.


Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Ha! Brilliant!

Fri Feb 23, 10:26:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Patricia said...


Fri Feb 23, 12:03:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger sass said...

you know, i heard *somewhere* that people post fake missing pet ads for attention or something.

or maybe it was art. i dunno.

all i know is when my cat went missing, i almost perished.

Fri Feb 23, 02:34:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger J.A. McDougall said...

This is great, Anne. Love of our furry friends - we can all relate.

btw - what's with Zoe today?

Fri Feb 23, 03:09:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous ben henry swadley said...

Many years ago, I was hunting and saw a small, skinny dog tentatively cross a dirt road and bump into trees and bushes. I thought this is strange. I called the dog and it came over, kind of unsure where I was calling from. The dog was blind and looked like someone had to be missing it – not a hound or a hunting dog, so I took him to my camp, tied it up and went a few miles to the local store to see if anyone was missing a dog. Turned out the store people knew exactly who the dog belonged to and it had been missing well over a month. The storekeeper notified the owner and the dog was happily reunited with his owner, but apparently the pup had once been very, very fat before being lost. So, the message is that even blind pets can find their owners again.

Fri Feb 23, 04:08:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Anne C. said...

Dan and Emilie kindly wrote in (presumably from the South End) to let me know that Fernando is indeed real and very much loved, but that these posters are the work of Michael Fernandes, a Halifax-based artist who recently did a residency in Montreal. He was inspired by the real posters Dan and Emilie put up. (He even used their real phone number and they have received at least one call concerning Fernando, who remains at large.)


Fri Feb 23, 10:12:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger tamara said...

That's great! It reminds me of the shoes-hanging-from-the-telephone-wire phenomenon.

For years, people would see shoes tied at the laces hanging from telephone wires, and all sorts of theories abounded about why/how they got there (the most common being it was a drug-dealer trick).

Then artschool locals started throwing them up all over town, and now there's sometimes 6 or 8 pairs of sneakers in a row dangling from the wires.

Sat Feb 24, 12:43:00 pm GMT-5  

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