Chip grabbed the tool box off his bed and
headed out the door. “Bye, see you
tonight,” he called to his three siblings.
Chip walked a few blocks to the office of
Plumbers R Us. Today was his first day
on the job. Graduating from CAT-U seemed
like a lifetime ago, since Chip’s focus the past week was preparing for this job.
Chip found Mr. Hewey waiting for him at
the front desk.
“Good morning, Mr. Hewey,” Chip greeted
the plump black and white cat.
Mr. Hewey climbed off the chair and
lumbered around the desk, “Hi, Chip. Are
you ready for your first assignment?”
“Good, here are your jobs for the
day. Normally, I try to schedule you 5
jobs each day, but since this is your first day, I started you off easy with
only 3. I will be following you to each
home and assisting you if needed. Any
“Good, let’s go.”
Chip followed Mr. Hewey down the street as
Mr. Hewey explained, “The first client has a stopped-up kitchen sink. The garbage disposal has quit working as
Chip nodded and rang the doorbell.
“Hello, I am Chip with Plumbers R Us. How are you?”
“Good, come on in,” a tan tabby replied as
she stepped aside so Chip and Mr. Hewey could enter.
The tan tabby led them to the kitchen
explaining, “My kitchen sink is stopped up and the disposal stopped working.”
Chip opened the cupboards and checked
under the sink and then in the sink.
“Give me a few minutes and I should be able to find the problem.”
The tan tabby nodded in pleasure and left
Chip worked quickly as Mr. Hewey
observed. Soon Chip exclaimed, “I found
The tabby came back into the room, and
Chip showed her the large glob of cat food that was stuck in the disposal and
“I am going to dislodge this here,” Chip
said, as he positioned the plunger over the sinks opening. He pumped it several times, before the glob
came loose and Chip pulled back triumphantly.
He scooped the old food up and into the
trashcan. He then ran the sink and
turned on the disposal. The water ran
easily and the disposal churned.
“You are wonderful. I can’t believe you fixed it so fast.”
Chip beamed at the praise.
After the tabby had paid Chip for his
service, she lead him and Mr. Hewey to the door.
“Good job, Chip,” Mr. Hewey praised as
they walked to the next job.
“Thank you, Mr. Hewey,”
At the next house, Chip knocked on the
door, and a large black cat answered gruffly, “Yes, what do you want?”
“I am Chip with Plumbers R Us, sir. I am here to fix your toilet.”
“Oh, right. Come in.”
Chip followed the large cat through the
house to the bathroom.
“The toilet is running a lot longer than
normal every time it is flushed,” the black cat explained.
“Let me take a look at it,” Chip said.
The black cat nodded, but proceeded to
hover as Chip looked for the problem.
“I found the problem,” Chip exclaimed,
after watching the toilet flush several times.
“I need to replace the flapper, so the water will stay in the tank.”
The black cat came closer to Chip and
peered into the tank.
With a grunt, he backed away again, and
Chip set to work
The client hovering made Chip slightly
nervous, but he concentrated on his work.
Soon he had the toilet fixed and the
toilet flushed and stopped much quicker.
“There you go, sir. It is all fixed.”
“Thank you. You are very efficient.”
It was only when Chip and Mr. Hewey were
on their way to their next job, that Chip admitted, “The client hovering like
that really made me nervous. I was
waiting for him to argue with me about how to fix it.”
“You handled him well, and he was
obviously impressed by you.”
The last job Chip had that day was at the
house of a young calico mother. She
greeted Chip and Mr. Hewey and ushered them inside.
As she led them to the bathroom she
explained, “The shower has been slow to drain for a while but last night it
stopped draining completely.”
As Chip listened and followed a trio of
rambunctious kittens raced by them.
“I will take a look at it for you,” Chip
replied smiling at the kittens as they circled him again.
“Leave Chip alone, please kittens. He is here to fix the shower.”
The kittens scurried into the other room.
“Sorry about that, they are so curious,”
she explained to Chip and Mr. Hewey.
Chip inspected the water filled tub. He reached his paw onto the drain but the
direct opening was clear.
“Must be a clog in the line. I will run the snake down it and see of that
will fix it,” Chip explained.
The calico nodded and went to check on her
Chip got the snake from his toolbox and
set to work.
He loved working the snake down the
drain. He smiled feeling much more
relaxed at this job. The tub slowly
started to drain and after the snake went a few inches further, it drained
Chip retracted the snake and monitored the
shower drain. When the standing water
was gone, he turned on the tub faucet and watched the water drain. When he was satisfied that the clog was
cleared, he called, “ All fixed.”
The calico appeared in the doorway
shadowed by her three kittens.
Chip smiled at her and said, “ I think
have cleared the clog. Is this how it normally drains?”
Everyone watched as Chip turned on the
tub’s faucet. The water poured out of
the spout and flowed easily down the drain.
“That is wonderful. Yes.”
Chip shut the water off. After being paid, he and Mr. Hewey left the
“Good job today, Chip. I am very impressed with you. Are you ready for 5 jobs tomorrow?”
I’ll see you in the morning.”
Chip waved bye to Mr. Hewey and hurried
home. He could not wait to tell his
sibling about his first day.