The day his mom died, Parlanath aka Pearl found a cat, whom he named Riley. As Riley always acted like his mother and absorbed his attention, Parlanath was certain that Riley was his own mother's parting gift for him. He showered her with lots of love and care.
The government was exterminating all the stray animals in the city. The animals that didn't have any ownership identification were not safe. Parlanath knew he had to put a neck-band or badge around Riley to protect her.
Picture-Prompt- Magpie Tales; George Tooker, self-portrait