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Almost a doggone cat-astrophe

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 August, 1993, 12:00am


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CATHAY Pacific's high-flying head honcho in the United States almost ended up in the doghouse over a neighbour's cat.

Jovial Jake Olver, Cathay's vice-president for the United States and Latin America, recently jetted off to England for a much-deserved week-long holiday with wife Yvonne, who is spending some time this summer back in the old country.

But Mr Olver forgot to check their family home in Los Angeles for unexpected guests before getting his flight to London.

On his return he was surprised to be greeted by a meowing Annie, a neighbour's cat the Olvers have unofficially adopted.

''I never thought to check if she was there before I went,'' Mr Olver said. ''If anything had happened to her I'd certainly have been in the dog house with Yvonne and our neighbours.

''Luckily she was fine. She was a little thinner and not in one of her best moods, but she seemed pleased to see me,'' Mr Olver said.

''Annie just looked up and kind of asked with her eyes: 'Where have you been? And where's my dinner?' ''I think Annie used up one of her nine lives on this escapade, and I would definitely have used up one of mine if she'd come to any harm.''