One of my strongest memories from Birkenhead Primary was the Pet Day. My brother and I had a lovely ginger tom cat, called Ginger! We scooped her up in the morning and mum helped drop us to school in the car so we could take her in her cage. I recall during the day we all went outside to show off our pets. There were cats, rats, guinea pigs, mice and more. But our excitement turned to fear when my brother wasn't happy with the cat sitting in her cage. He thought she needed a cuddle so he opted to take her out. Alas, poor Ginger was terrified with all the commotion so she ran as fast as she could taking solitude under the classroom - right in the middle where no-one could reach her. We could barely make out where she was but the wide glowing eyes in the sea of darkness assured us she was still there. Mum was called in from work and we tried to coerce the shaking cat out to jump back into her cage. Unfortunately we didn't succeed. After school we went home and grabbed some of her favourite Jelly Meat. The rattle of the can and the quietness of an empty playground provided her with enough confidence to come out so she could enjoy a treat before being securely returned to her cage to go home. Needless to say that was the last time I recall taking a pet to pet day!
Jane Henderson (1981-1983)
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