All sorts of doors are open­ing for ginger toms

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

WE’VE BEEN look­ing af­ter our daugh­ter’s cat again. This time we had no wor­ries about a re­peat of The Great Es­cape as we have had a new back door in­stalled – which (hur­rah) in­cludes a cat flap.

Reg­u­lar read­ers will re­mem­ber Jan­gles came to stay in the sum­mer when FJ and SIL* – both teach­ers – were hol­i­day­ing in France be­fore they moved house from Wales to Sur­rey.

We kept him in, but were con­stantly con­cerned that, given the chance, he would at­tempt to scoot back to Llan­dudno, get run over in the at­tempt or just get lost in Sains­bury’s.

He did get out when I opened the front door a lit­tle too wide for the post­man and af­ter a na­tion­wide search (well …as­sorted neigh­bours, traf­fic wardens and said post­man – who was a lit­tle alarmed to see me rac­ing around in my night­clothes), Jan­gles qui­etly slid back in through the gar­den door and won­dered what all the fuss was about.

Now he was to re­turn and Mr F and I joked about a cer­e­mony so the cat flap could be de­clared well and truly open. Sadly, no celebri­ties were avail­able. Not to worry. When FJ and SIL ar­rived with our ginger lodger we gath­ered solemnly at the back door, only to burst out laugh­ing. When no one was look­ing, Mr F had rigged up a tiny red tape to be cut.

Even fun­nier, Jan­gles headed straight for it, so it looked as though he re­ally was about to cut the rib­bon and make a speech.

It wasn’t quite so im­pres­sive when he had to be per­suaded through the flap with a push one end, and a few Dreamies (fe­line treats) wait­ing for him on the gar­den side. It worked.

We did won­der at one time if he was moon­light­ing when we spot­ted the story of Bob the cat which hits the cin­e­mas this year 2016. An iden­ti­cal ginger tom is star­ring in A Street Cat Named Bob – the true story of the un­likely friend­ship be­tween Bob and James Bowen.

Bowen took Bob busk­ing with him and cred­its the cat with help­ing him to come off the methadone pro­gramme. Their story is al­ready a best­selling book.

Luke Tread­way will star as James Bowen in the film ver­sion. I won­der if they need an un­der­study for Bob…

*FJ and SIL = Fisher Ju­nior and Son in Law

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