First, let’s all wish the gorgeous English shorthair Merlyn, owned by reader daveau, a happy birthday. Merlyn turned three yesterday (we met him earlier this week), and daveau sent in a picture of his birthday “party.” Wearing a party hat, Merlyn doesn’t look impressed, even with his special birthday treat (don’t ask me why he’s called “Duddy”). Daveau reports:
Here’s Duddy eagerly [JAC: ???] anticipating his birthday tuna last night. At 3, his wizard cap is already fading…
From ft~b troublemakers comes a funny set of “14 photos that only cat lovers can appreciate”. I’ll show just three, but have a look at them all, and let me know if you think that the one with the lollipop (at the link) was photoshopped:
This may be staged, but somehow I doubt it. If that guy loves his cat, he’s in for a long wait on the john. Unless, that is, he’s like Mohammed and simply cuts off his boxers.
Well, there’s news this week about yet another cat who steals the neighbors’ goods. This one is Norris, a thieving moggie from Bristol, and his depredations are reported in the Guardian, Bristol Culture, and the Watford Observer. As the Guardian reports:
The owners of a thieving cat have written to neighbours in an effort to return items he has taken to their owners.
Norris, a two-year-old tabby, has in the past year brought home bits of food, dishcloths, dusters and dust mitts during his travels around the North Street area of Bedminster in Bristol.
More recently, however, he has taken sports bras, support pants, jumpers, T-shirts, boxer shorts and even a bath mat. Those are in addition to half a pizza, an unopened tube of gravy paste and a German sausage.
If the items are too big to bring in through the cat flap at home, Norris leaves them on the mat in the back garden. His owners, Richard and Sophie Windsor, believe that Norris is taking items from washing lines and have now written to their neighbours to apologise.
Norris’s owners wrote the folowing apologetic but humorous note to all their neighbors:
But all’s well that ends well:
Richard Windsor, 26, a graphic designer, told the Bristol Post: “So far we have been able to reunite a number of items with their owners including a towel set, some oven gloves, a bath mat, some baby clothes and some running gear.
“Fortunately all our neighbours have been very good-natured about it and think it’s funny.”
Below is what appears to be a photo of Norris (I’m not sure), which comes from the Mirror. Naturally, their story on the purloining cat is titled “Real-life cat burglar: Norris the tabby stealing KNICKERS from neighbors’ houses.” Yes, “knickers” is in all caps. And he stole a lot more stuff than just knickers.
h/t: Matthew Cobb, daveau