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Mysterious Carmelita

Date: Jan 29 2001


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This week our house cat, Carmelita, disappeared. We didn’t know what happened, and we were all worried about her. Check out this conversation between Zach and I about where she was!


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John:  Dude, the mystery is solved!

Zach:  What mystery?

John:  About your cat – Carmelita.

Zach:  You found Carmelita?

John:  Yeah!

Zach:  Where was she?

John:  Guess where she was. She was trapped. That’s your first hint.

Zach:  Uh, was she in the basement, or the garage?

John:  Nope, but the garage is close.

Zach:  Where was she? I have no idea.

John:  She was trapped in Sarah’s car!

Zach:  No way! How did she get in there?

John:  I don’t know. I guess yesterday morning Sarah was taking something out when she was getting ready to go to work, and Carmelita must have jumped in there and then Sarah shut the door on her.

Zach:  I totally thought she had either gotten run over by a car, or she was having babies or something because that’s what people were saying.

John:  I know. And it’s freaky to think that we heard that faint little meow... “meow, meow…”

Zach:  I know. We must have walked right by her and she was probably trying to tell us where she was.

John:  Can you imagine being trapped in the car overnight when you’re a cat? I mean, she had no idea if she was ever going to be let out or what!

Zach:  I know. Well, I’m just glad she’s ok.   Yeah. Now I’m really happy about it, too. She can terrorize me every night by trying to crawl up in my bed and sleeping on my face.


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Well, Carmelita is back at home, safe and sound. I was very happy to be able to share this information with Zach since she is his cat, and he was very upset about her being missing. We’re going to have to be more careful about her sneaking into crazy places! Do you have pets at home? Is it common to have a cat, or a dog in your home country? Tell us about it at the Life Goes On message board! See you next week!—John


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