Jack goes to the vet's for his annual booster, from John Welding's,
Awakefield #6 (no cartoon exaggeration here; Jack really does
make this amount of fuss!)
Jack fights back
far as Jack, Helen and John's ginger tomcat, is
concerned, the garden is under attack from another intruder; a rival
tomcat who has been trying to muscle in on his territory.
He patrols around the perimeter of the lawn, standing every few
yards with his back to a prominent selected plant (so the fennel
no longer qualifies) and squirts it with a jet of urine. I was very
nearly sprayed by a tiger that was marking its territory in this
way while drawing close to the bars of its cage in Chester Zoo.
I'm surprised that John hasn't seen this behaviour before. Jack
is going to have to do a lot of 'labelling' to hold onto his territory.
My drawing of Jack (right) makes a suitable tailpiece
for the final page of my little orange sketchbook from Amsterdam,
which I took as my pocket-sized sketchbook on our trip to Mallorca
My drawing of Jack taking a well-earned break after 'labelling' half
the plants in the garden.