The first rat I saw was a tame white one. It lived with the
Robinsons. They kept lots of animals. I opened their pantry once and an
alsation leapt out. Mr Robinson shouted at me to shut the effing
They bred budgies in the shed and kept greyhounds out the back. Gary
and David walked the dogs every night up and down the lanes.
I used to see their dad riding home on his bike cradling kittens inside
his jacket. The day I met the alsation he brought a box full of Easter
Egg chicks home, they stunk. We counted them there were 34.They
followed him everywhere.
If you ever wanted a pet you just had to knock on their door.
Gary and David went to my school. They stood out because their clothes
didn't fit. David was a monkey. He spent every dinner time on the
climbing frame and never fell onto the concrete. He never needed a
tetanus jab or wore a lint badge. He wanted to be a mountaineer so he
climbed the school walls, got onto the roof and rang the school bell.
The teachers were really angry and said if he fell he'd be in trouble.
The fire brigade arrived and we watched him bounce on the
When our cat was stolen by the window cleaner I knocked at their door
to see if they had a spare kitten. Mrs Robinson came to the door crying
and said she was sorry but her husband had just left.
I said "Don't worry he's probably out looking for cats and dogs".
She said. "He's found a right bitch and left me in this frigging