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The Whitehurst Diary: Raising Willis the Cat

A read-aloud cat story with a moral, though we don't deign to say what the moral is. Whether your philosophy is Garfieldian or Odiean - and we realize this is a polarizing, divisive story, sure to inflame passions - we hope you'll read it with an open mind, consider the evidence, and render an innocent verdict, as the editors' did, in favor of Willis the Cat
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Willis the Barn Cat is a companion on our morning rounds. After visiting the gardens, feeding Pebbles the horse, we gathered on the front porch to enjoy bagels with home made cherry jam.

Son-in-law Matt spotted Willis who had clambered into the branches of the pussywillow tree and taken up a position on top of the bluebird house.

Jim promptly strode down the yard with a slender switch in hand to scold Willis away from the distraught bluebirds.

Willis sauntered to the big rock by the path, took a sip of rainwater from the bowl of the rock and flopped nonchalantly into the moist hollow to practice his most innocent expression.

A fence around the birdhouse is planned.

This story was posted on 2011-04-24 12:32:57
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Misunderstood Intentions: Willis the Guardian Cat

2011-04-24 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo By Jim Whitehurst.
Alarms went off during Bagels and Home Made Cherry Preserves and morning talks with Pebbles the horse, when the Whitehursts mistook Willis the Cat's guardianship of the bluebird house for evil intent. A few moments later Willis sauntered off of his own accord, ahead of the master with a switch.

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Willis the Cat toils on, despite cloud of suspicion cast over him

2011-04-24 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Jim Whitehurst.
Not even outraged by false suspicions raised against him, Willis the Barn Cat sauntered over to the huge rock God custom made just for him, took a drink from the bowl and enthroned himself in his rightful place, dignity and pride intact.

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