All sorts of doors are opening for ginger toms
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