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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
This story was posted on 2011-08-28 13:31:20
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