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"Hang In There, Baby!"

A relic from times past has re-emerged in our new Prime Minister’s office: the iconic “Hang In There, Baby!” kitten poster once owned by Pierre Trudeau has now reappeared in Ottawa. Brought out of storage from among his father’s belongings, Justin Trudeau now has the poster on display once again.

The original poster design has some sketchy provenance, with little copyright or authorship information available.  First appearing in the late 1960s and hugely popular throughout the ‘70s, the dangling kitten spoke volumes in a society rife with civil and political unrest.  Often imitated, the original poster featured an orange tabby kitten with vibrant green eyes; later reproductions used a Himalayan kitten, as well as a brown tabby.

The kitten’s name remains unknown.

Urban legend and political lore surround this image; it’s most famous association being with President Richard Nixon’s troublesome time in power.  The story goes that the poster was presented to Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro Agnew, as a gesture from his supporters during a period in 1973 when they were both under intense pressure to resign from office.

Cats are naturally the perfect animal the spread this message of perseverance.  They are resilient survivors, capable of momentous tasks.  The kitten in this poster is living proof that predicaments can be gotten out of, if only one is determined, enduring, and hopeful.

In our time of internet memes and Facebook posts aimed to boost positivity, the message behind what is possibly the most popular cat motivational poster ever made still rings true today.  We live in times of ever increasing stress.  Whether you believe the poster’s message to be trite and kitschy, its message of determination in the face of hardship couldn’t be more apt.  It is a vintage reminder with a timeless motto.

Written by: Erin Knibb



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital