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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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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital