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Chuck Hinman: IJMA No. 179. Lanky the cat

It's Just Me Again. No. 179 Lanky: Tallgrass Estates' Much Loved Door Cat by Chuck Hinman, about the wonderful door cat at the residence which 'went missing' - but there's a Happy postsript from the author by way of editor Robert Stone
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By Chuck Hinman

In the olden days, large hotels had uniformed doormen who performed various nice acts for arriving or departing guests.

When Clarence Dunbar moved to Tallgrass Estates, his orange tabby cat, Lanky was often seen around the entrance where residents are constantly coming and going.

The entrance is beautifully landscaped and a pleasant place to wait for your transportation, and/or more recently to watch Lanky as he performs his self-appointed position as "door cat." I don't know where he received his training, or whether he just likes old people. No question that Lanky is remarkably professional and dependable as "our door cat."

He spends the night in Clarence's apartment on the extreme southwest side of the TG complex. He heads straight for his work station at the front door and stays until well after dark and activities are closing down whereupon he returns to Clarence's apartment.

His number one job priority seems to be to walk out and greet arriving vehicles -- both cars and buses. Then he exchanges greetings with the new arrival and walks them to the motion sensored front door where he stops and waits for his next assignment.

I frequently wait for transportation on one of the several places to sit at the front door. Lanky is very responsive to an invitation to do whatever "you" want to do. He has correctly observed that I have a soft (fat) stomach that he likes to "knead" like bread dough. To Lanky I am probably his "Pillsbury dough boy." He is very gentle as he closes his eyes and kneads my stomach.

Lanky likes to be invited to ride on residents' walkers as they make their daily sojourn around the grounds at Tallgrass.

Lanky provides an invaluable companionship for many who name that orange tabby their best friend. He is way up there on my best friend list. But why wouldn't he be?

Several nights ago I returned to a darkened Tallgrass where most everyone had gone to bed. I had to use my card to gain admittance. Guess who came out of the shadows with a little "meow" and brushed lovingly against my legs. How can you "not" love that kind of devotion?

Well, that is the sweet part to this story. Lanky hasn't been seen for over a month. The telephone at SPCA has rung off the wall with concerned residents calling. Signs reporting his disappearance are up all over nearby Colonial Estates.

Although Lanky's shots are current, he lost his ID collar. He is easily identifiable with a little bump (probably a tick) on his left shoulder blade.

Things aren't the same at Tallgrass without Lanky but most are positive we will see him again.

Meanwhile . . . . "and God please keep Lanky safe wherever he is tonight. We love and miss you Lanky -- no one can take your place in our hearts and lives -- Amen."

Robert Stone writes: Chuck Hinman sent out the above story in May 2009 and just before Thanksgiving 2010 sent this good news:
UPDATE ON LANKY, well-known and beloved "cat (bell) hop" at prestigious Tallgrass Estates.

Lanky was recognized in the Circle Mountain area as the infamous missing "door cat" from Tallgrass and is back home. Thank you Lord for answered prayers.

This story was posted on 2010-11-28 07:36:27
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