CAT TALES ONE
Monopoly fans voted. The iron is history.
But don’t throw away your iron token. Save it—I suspect will soon become a collector’s item, since it will no longer be a player’s choice to march around the playing board. The sometimes-detested home appliance received the least amount of clicks in a “save this token’ online vote held between January 9 and February 5, 2014.
The iron will be replaced by a shiny shorthaired cat wearing an “M” on her collar.
In the future I expect the cat to give the Scottie dog a run for the money—and, of course, out-beat the dog a good percent of the time.
Which is as it should be. Cats are “the man,” as they say.
The Scottie dog token could take lessons from a real life Florida dog named Idgie—the Scottie could befriend the cat token, becoming the friend that everyone, even a feline, needs.
Idgie, a two-year-old Dachshund, was found by the Seminole County Animal Services by a gated driveway, where he was protecting a 7-month-old paraplegic kitten, Ruth. Ruth can only move by dragging herself with her front legs. If anyone tried to approach Idgie and Ruth, Idgie would growl and bark.
Although no one came forward and claimed the animals, both were in fairly good shape—not filthy or malnourished—thus must have had a home at some point.
Idgie was very unhappy at being separated from Ruth while at the shelter, so the shelter prepared a special pen for the two of them, who were soon adopted by the owner of the Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa. They live at the business where they get attention from everyone. The Spa’s owner, Jacqueline Borum, named the pair after the loyal friends in “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Get updates on Idgie and Ruth from Project Paw.
Other felines needing rescuing didn’t have a dog to protect them.
In Findlay, Ohio Piper the cat spent at least 3 winter days in a drainpipe before a resident heard his cries. He refused human efforts to entice him from the pipe with tuna, the classic call of “here, kitty, kitty,” and a meowing cellphone app., and only was freed, emerging muddy, emaciated, and hypothermic, after his human rescuers cut through the pipe to free him.
Piper’s life must have been rough—he had a broken leg and other injuries. However, his life should get better—the orange cat has a number of people volunteering to adopt him if no one claims him.
A veterinarian assessed Piper this way: “If they truly have nine lives, he probably has three left.”
The folklore, a cat has 9 lives, possibly came about because #9 is the “trinity of trinities” and was considered lucky.
If Ruth and Piper were considered lucky they could be joined by two Brooklyn kittens lost in the Brooklyn subway. It took cutting the power to the B and Q subway lines in for more than an hour for their luck to materialize.
A woman reported one August morning that her kittens were loose in the subway. A black kitten and a white kitten with gray stripes. They were finally found on the tracks, having been seen running dangerously close to the high voltage third rail, and rescued seven hours later.*
A cat has 9 lives. For 3 he plays, for 3 he strays, and for the last 3 he stays. (an American and English proverb)
* Tribune-Review, Aug 30, 2013 , pp A5