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The Whitehurst Diaries: More in the life of Willis the Cat

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By Sharon Whitehurst

Willis the Cat has led a life of certain privilege since he arrived at the farm nearly a year ago. He dismounted from Jim's 4 wheeler, settled his stripes and announced his name with an aplomb that could be envied by a seasoned cat about town.

While we graciously conferred equal status with the recently acquired tortie 'barn kittens' it was soon evident that Willis was a deserving feline, capable of over-seeing the barns, the dooryard and the gardens.

By October he had attained house guest perks, claiming a corner by the fireplace and rearranging a shelf above to his greater comfort.

Now, in addition to his literary explorations, he had discovered the giddy pleasure of indoor perches which he justifies by announcing his new role as domestic watch-cat to our daughter, Gina.

From the cluttered top of the fridge he can monitor the movements of the pampered house-cats and tally how much kibble is consumed by them.

To keep them on their toes, he has developed a habit of lurking in the antique dough bowl up near the ceiling, popping up for a stealthy reconnoiter.

There are times in any good watch-cat's day when the eyes must close, but the ears are alert to the slightest sound. -Sharon Whitehurst

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Whitehurst Diaries: Willis, bemused by a subject

2011-08-28 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Willis the Cat has made a rapid ascent up the corporate ladder since contracting with the Whitehursts. From his command post on top of the Whitehurst Fridge, he occasionally deigns eye contact with one of his favorite loyal subjects, Gina Gould. "Gina and her husband, Matt, and son Devin moved here from Wyoming in April of this year. They purchased what I understand is called the old Baker place, from Brian and Lisa Kemp, on Old Gradyville RD. Gina immediately fell under the thrall of Willis the Cat," - Sharon Whitehurst

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Willis the Cat surveys wondrous realm

2011-08-28 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Undisputed Alpha Cat of the Big Creek Valley Willis may look laid back and relaxed, but his alert ears betray his alert battle readiness. One can appreciate his kinship with his Serengeti brothers; his royalty in miniature. No Lion King looks over his Pride with more macho self-assuredness than Willis.

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Whitehurst Diaries: King Willis still loves head pats

2011-08-28 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
He's clawed his way up the bureaucracy to the pinnacle of power at Whitehurst Manor, but there's still a bit of kitten in Willis the Cat, he still loves a good head rub. He's the embodiment of William Blake's suggestion that God made the Cat so that man could embrace the Tiger. Some dude, this cat about town.

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