Tonkinese in good books

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Cats and books have been a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion at Time Out Book­store in Mt Eden.

The an­i­mal-friendly shop has had a res­i­dent cat for around 15 years.

The first, a male tonkinese called Os­car, ruled the roost for a good 10 years be­fore he died in 2010.

Man­ager Jenna Todd had just started work­ing there and couldn’t un­der­stand what the fuss was about.

‘‘I would have to tell people Os­car had died . . . they’d start cry­ing be­cause he was such a big part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Four years later Lucinda, also a tonkinese, has be­come a muchloved part of the fur­ni­ture.

Be­cause Lucinda chooses to stay at home some days she is more ‘‘part-time’’ than Os­car, who pre­ferred to live in the shop.

Hav­ing a cat around cre­ates ‘‘quite a calm­ing ef­fect’’ for cus­tomers, Todd says. ‘‘They love it. ‘‘When­ever she’s here if we put a post of her on Face­book she gets 100 likes. If we put a book of the Bai­ley prizewin­ner they get five to 10 likes.

‘‘She has a good so­cial me­dia pres­ence.’’

Lik­ing cats is a must for Time Out staff and in­ter­vie­wees are ques­tioned whether they are will­ing to look out for their wel­fare.

But the shop doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate – dogs are wel­come too.

‘‘We like hav­ing dogs in,’’ Todd says.

‘‘We’ve only had one dog wee on the car­pet.

‘‘Hav­ing an an­i­mal in your workplace is such a won­der­ful thing.’’

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