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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Abandoned, Homeless on the Street, Expelled by the Ingrates at Manchester International Airport, and Finally Whacked by Her Last Guardian, So Ran the Course of Ollie's Sad and Turbulent Life


"Hello all my wonderful friends. Sadly I have to tell you that I gained my 'wings' yesterday and I will be carrying out my security patrols and checking for squirrels over the Rainbow Bridge."
-- Ollie's terse obituary as it was announced May 6th on Facebook

The cat world was robbed of one of its brightest and most elegant stars on May 5th when Ollie, the former world famous resident feline of Manchester International Airport (MIA) in Ringway, was deliberately killed off by an unidentified veterinarian acting upon the orders of her present-day guardian. Although her age has not been publicly disclosed, the lovely yellow and white little girl must have been at least ten years old considering that she likely was at least two years old when she first strolled into MIA back in 2007.

In the end it really does not make any difference how old she was in that she had an inalienable right to have lived out her life to the bitter end and then, and only then, to have died a natural death. The precipitate actions of her guardian and the unscrupulous old sawbones who whacked her can therefore only be classified as cold-blooded, premeditated murder!

The news of Ollie's premature demise was announced on the world wide web by an insurance manager identified only by her first name as Jennifer from Northenden, 8.85 kilometers north of Ringway and 8.4 kilometers south of Manchester City, who had served as her caretaker for the past four years. "Hello all my wonderful friends," she, speaking for Ollie, began the May 6th posting on Olly (sic) the Airport Cat's Facebook page. "Sadly I have to tell you that I gained my 'wings' yesterday and I will be carrying out my security patrols and checking for squirrels over the Rainbow Bridge."

As is the case with her age, it is far from clear exactly what had been ailing Ollie. "The vet and my human have been doing their best to help me fight off a pneumonia-type infection over the past few weeks, but I just wasn't strong enough to beat it," the Facebook posting goes on to claim.

Press reports, on the other hand, state only that she had been battling a lung infection for "days." Although these types of infections can vary greatly in terms of severity, the appellations pneumonia, lung infections, and upper respiratory infections (URIs) are, broadly speaking, pretty much interchangeable, highfalutin jargon used to define head and chest colds.

Regardless of whatever they are called, that in no way alters the salient fact that all of them are are every bit as much treatable sicknesses in cats as they are in humans. Doing so successfully requires time, effort, and money and therein, as Shakespeare would say, lies the rub.

The evidence that Jennifer and her designated assassin were unwilling to make that commitment to Ollie is too overwhelming to be ignored. For example, the Manchester Evening News reported on May 6th that she had "slipped away at 10 p.m. on Tuesday (May 5th) during one last cuddle from her devoted owner." (See "Tributes Pour In for Olly (sic) the Airport Cat as She Says Last Farewell.")

"Slipped away" is, quite obviously, sugarcoated double talk for the administration of a fatal jab of sodium pentobarbital. Also, since absolutely no one except her executioner could have accurately predicted when she was going to die, the last cuddle that Jennifer gave Ollie was, in reality, the kiss of death.

"Murmurings of love on his lips, and murder in his damn black heart," is how Travis McGee once characterized serial killer Evan Lawrence's method of luring unsuspecting women into his web of intrigue in John D. MacDonald's 1982 novel, Cinnamon Sky, and Jennifer doubtlessly practiced the same modus operandi on defenseless Ollie. The mere fact that she may not have been aware of what was being done to her in no way makes Jennifer's crime any the less reprehensible; au contraire, that only serves to compound the offense.

There are additionally considerably less subtle indications that that was indeed the case. The most obvious of which was Jennifer's indulgence in that old, time-worn sottise about "wings" and the "Rainbow Bridge" as a means of obfuscating the foulness of her dirty deed.

In keeping with their absurd belief that the outrageous crimes of a lifetime can be absolved by simply asking their god for forgiveness, Christians likewise fervently believe that snuffing out the life of an innocent cat can be justified on the grounds that she is going to be better off in their make-believe paradise in the sky. Once the full extent of their turpitude, mendaciousness, dishonesty and, above all, total lack of taste is taken into consideration, it becomes abundantly clear just how amazing it is that any cat, animal, and even Mother Earth are still standing.

Ollie Outside Olympic House

Thankfully, there have been others, such as Henry David Thoreau, who have felt differently. "Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve life than destroy it," he once correctly observed.

The press's adamant refusal to disclose Jennifer's full name is another dead giveaway that all was not on the level. Furthermore, any halfway honest individual would have unequivocally stated from the outset whether Ollie had died of natural causes or had been deliberately killed off.

The final bit of evidence revolves around the petit fait that veterinarians are far better known for the large number of cats that they kill, either intentionally or through malpractice, than they are for those whose lives that they either extend or save. In addition to all of those atrocities, they knowingly condemn countless scores of impecunious ones to early graves through their steadfast refusal to treat them.

Even if Ollie had contracted pneumonia, she could have been treated with antibiotics such as Baytril and Amoxicillin as well as the diuretic furosemide. If she was experiencing breathing difficulties, oxygen could have been administered until she was well enough to have resumed breathing on her own.

Inexpensive home remedies such as using a vaporizer, a bulb syringe in order to drain mucus from her nasal passages, and chest percussion, or the rhythmic tapping on the chest in order to loosen accumulated liquid in the lungs ,could have been tried. If she had lost her appetite, she could have been forcibly fed and given intravenous fluids in order to have prevented her from becoming dehydrated.

She also needed to have been maintained in a stress-free environment and prevented from engaging in any strenuous activities. (See "An Introduction to Cat Pneumonia" at www.vetinfo.com.)

Sadly to say but there are not many owners who are willing to go to that expense and bother in order to save the life of a cat. As a result, they gladly fork over thirty pieces of silver to any quack veterinarian willing to do their dirty work for them by whacking their cats.

That is not only precisely what happened to Ollie but also to St. Andrews' world famous resident feline, Hamish McHamish, on September 11th of last year. In both cases, the international fame that they enjoyed proved to be not only insufficient in order to save them from the murderous urges of their owners but even to spark so much as a murmur of protest from their legions of fans around the world who, supposedly, loved them to bits. (See Cat Defender post of October 18, 2014 entitled "Hamish McHamish's Derelict Owner Reenters His Life after Fourteen Years of Abject Neglect Only to Have Him Killed Off after He Contracts a Preeminently Treatable Common Cold.")

Not satisfied with merely getting rid of Ollie, Jennifer could not resist the overpowering temptation to get up on a soapbox and to treat the world to a few familiar strains of the old refrain about how much she loved her cat. "She was such a character," she exclaimed to the Manchester Evening News in the article cited supra. "I'm devastated. I was with her at the end."

That is truly unfortunate because Ollie would have fared far better on her own in that she, just possibly, might have recovered and lived. Even if that had not been the case, dying certainly is easy enough for a cat, or any creature for that matter, to do on its own; no outside interference is either needed or warranted.

Besides, a cat should be allowed to die not only in peace but while still breathing clean, unpolluted air. "Man soll nicht in Kirchen gehn, wenn man reine Luft atmen will," Friedrich Nietzsche counseled in Janseits von Gut und Böse. (Aphorismus dreißig.)

Ollie at Her Food Dish

Christians are such an uncharitable lot, however, that they seldom can be satisfied with merely bedeviling the everyday existences of cats but rather feel compelled to continue their assaults and defamations right up until they are in their graves and, sometimes, even beyond that point. Brainwashed over the millenniums into believing the Jews' blatant lies about the inferiority of all animals, they thus are totally incapable of ever looking upon a cat as anything other than an object of exploitation.

Unwilling to leave bad enough alone, Jennifer had the shameless audacity to go on Ollie's Facebook page May 12th and to solicit donations in her memory for The Animal Sanctuary in Wilmslow, Cheshire, the Society for Abandoned Animals in Stretford, Manchester, and Cats Protection's branch in Stockport, Cheshire. Rather than financially supporting individuals like her and institutions that kill cats for any reason, a far better alternative would be for genuine lovers of the species to save their money in order to one day put it toward prolonging the lives of sick, injured, and elderly cats.

That not only would be a far more fitting way of remembering Ollie but it additionally would save lives in the process. In time it also just might serve as a catalyst for the abolition of the odious practice of whereby owners get rid of unwanted cats by ordering their murders while simultaneously enabling veterinarians to laugh all the way to the bank.

Speaking more generally, it is the epitome of folly for individuals to give money to any animal protection group without first being intimately acquainted with what actually goes on inside their shelters and offices. Although PETA is infamous for stealing cats and dogs from both owners as well as off the street and then summarily executing them, it is far from being the only so-called rescue group that pursues such a perverted agenda.

For example in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Humane Society of Atlantic County commits the same crimes with impunity. Plus, it goes out of its way in order to support, defend, and assist individuals who sic their dogs on kittens and cats. In spite of all of that, the contributions keep right on rolling in and the criminals remain unpunished instead of being locked up behind bars which is precisely where these cat stealing and murdering cretins belong.

The ways in which even a conscientious owner can fail a cat are almost endless. First and foremost is the mistake of not recognizing cats for the exquisite beings that Leonardo da Vinci knew them to be when he once termed them as "nature's masterpiece."

Secondly, is the failure to spend as much time with them as is humanly possible. They never should be treated as merely superfluous additions to anyone's busy life; rather, they should be the centerpiece of it. "Le temps passé avec un chat n'est jamais perdu," Sidonie Gabrielle Colette once opined.

In addition to those oversights, there is the grievous error of failing to pay sufficient attention to a cat's health until it is too late. Closely associated with that is the terrible mistake of selecting the wrong veterinarian to treat it.

Then there is the problem of failing to protect it from the machinations of Animal Control officers, shelters, motorists, dogs, raccoons, coyotes, and a wide assortment of vile cat-haters. Even though it is extremely difficult for any guardian, no matter how conscientious, to anticipate all the dangers that lurk just around the corner, that in no way makes either the injuries that cats sustain or their premature deaths any easier to bear. Worst of all, there is never any end to the self-recriminations.

As totally unforgivable as all of those mistakes are, they are not in any way even remotely comparable to the deliberate crimes committed against the species by owners like Jennifer who betray their cat's trust by extinguishing its life. In Ollie's case, her tragic and unjust death is all the more lamentable not only due to all the hurdles that she had been forced to surmount during her brief stay upon this earth but also because she meant so much to so many people around the world.

No one seems to know either where she came from or how she spent her first few years. She simply turned up one day unannounced at MIA in early 2007 and nothing has been the same ever since at Old Blighty's third busiest airport.

Ollie Pauses to Grab Some Kip

Although it is entirely conceivable that she could have been born in the wild and simply wandered in on her own, that seems unlikely based upon how quickly she made friends with the staffers at the airport's administrative office located in Olympic House between Terminal One and Terminal Three.

A far more plausible explanation is that she at one time had a home but later was either dumped at the facility or became lost in transit. Airlines lose cats all the time but lie about both the number and what later becomes of them.

The one known glaring exception to that rule is John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, which not only shouts its inveterate hatred of the species from the rooftops but also has its resident felines hounded down like convicted felons on the lam and killed. (See Cat Defender post of November 5, 2007 entitled "Port Authority Gives JFK's Long-Term Resident Felines the Boot and Rescue Groups Are Too Impotent to Save Them.")

Apparently her former guardian never made any attempt to reclaim her even after she had shot to international acclaim later in 2007. It is not even known how long that she was on her own but if her badly mangled left ear and scruffy-looking fur are any indication her days spent on the street where anything but hospitable.

Staffers at Olympic House immediately fell in love with her and named her in honor of the building in which they toil away their lives. They furthermore took it upon themselves to build her a sleeping box which they then appendaged to the side of the building.

They, along with vendors and others who work at the sprawling facility, fed and watered her as well as provided her with an unspecified level of veterinary care. "Air crews give him (sic) a feed early in the morning and staff from the airport and its service partners look after him (sic) throughout the day," Bob Molloy, a receptionist at Olympic House, explained in 2007. "He's (sic) a big talking point around here. Everybody likes him (sic)."

Retailer Jane Barber brought her biscuits on a regular basis and an unidentified delivery man supplied her with sandwiches. Some staffers even cared so much about her that they came in on their days off in order to make sure that she had enough to eat and drink.

It was not long before her newfound fame had spread far and beyond MIA and that was vouched for by the food parcels that started arriving from Paris, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere. A Facebook page was established in her honor and it quickly attracted fifteen-hundred followers.

"He's (sic) a very special cat and a lucky one, too," Molloy's co-worker, Hazel Williams, said back in those halcyon days. (See Cat Defender post of November 28, 2007 entitled "Lovable Ollie Finds a Home at Manchester International Airport After Workers and Vendors Come to His (sic) Aid.")

Ollie's caretakers at Olympic House received quite a jolt a year later when a routine visit to a veterinarian unexpectedly revealed that their beloved resident feline was actually a female. "We were completely shocked when we found out and just couldn't believe it," Molloy said at that time. "We've heard all the jokes from staff and some of them say we shouldn't be surprised as she's always been a bit of a diva."

Ollie and Bob Molloy Look Over Some Postcards Sent to Her

The staff at Olympic House attempted to correct their original faux pas by changing her name to Olivia but by then it was way too late and she would forever be known as Ollie, irrespective of the orthography. "The funniest thing is we actually think her character has altered since we found out," Molloy surmised. "She's much more loving and seems to be showing her maternal side more."

While that most likely existed only in his head, Ollie's ever-growing popularity certainly was undeniable in that the food and Christmas presents continued to pour in at regular intervals. "Every day we get people coming in to leave gifts for Olivia," Williams disclosed. "The other week someone had been fishing and brought in a whole mackerel; they had even cooked it for her."

At that high point in her once turbulent life it sure looked like that the good times were going to last forever. "It's incredible how well loved she is...." Williams added. (See Cat Defender post of November 8, 2009 entitled "Oops! Ollie Belatedly Gives Up a Closely Guarded Secret Much to the Chagrin of the Employees of Manchester International.")

Regrettably, nothing good ever last for very long in this miserable old world and if that holds true for men it is doubly true for cats. The dark clouds rolled in later that same year when the suits at Olympic House decided to flex their muscles by giving Ollie the bum's rush.

Hundreds of admirers from as far away as New Zealand and Kuwait rallied to her side by signing an online petition that demanded that the stuffed shirts rescind their eviction order. Caught off guard by all the bad publicity that they had brought down upon their fat heads, not to mention the airport itself, they relented and reluctantly decided to allow Ollie to remain.

That, however, was merely a tactical maneuver designed to allow public opposition to run its course. Much more importantly, it allowed the devious, cat-hating executives time in order to put their diseased gourds together and to come up with a foolproof stratagem that eventually would get rid of Ollie once and for all time.

After all, the elites can always be counted upon to, sooner or later, put the screws to one and all and that is precisely what those at Olympic House ended up doing to Ollie. For them, doing evil is not only profitable but fun as well and to this very day they likely are still patting each other on the back and laughing off their fat, rotten asses at their own cleverness.

Every bit as underhanded and devious as Old Nick himself, the high-muck-a-mucks at MIA decided that the best way to get rid of Ollie would be to renovate the reception area at Olympic House. "Olly's (sic) been here for several years and everyone enjoys having her around," an unidentified spokesman for the airport conceded to the Manchester Evening News on July 26, 2011 in a carefully choreographed prelude to lowering the boom on her. (See "Claws Come Out as Manchester Airport Chiefs Show Exit Door to Olly (sic) the Cat.") "But sadly, we'll have to move her soon because we're about to start major building work on the lower floors of Olympic House and the road outside (is) getting busier for summer. It's dangerous for Olly (sic) cat to remain."

While there cannot be any denying that a cat does not belong anywhere near a busy road, it is dishonest for the suits to pretend that it took them four years to arrive at that perfectly obvious conclusion. Besides, there was not any valid reason why staffers at Olympic House could not have confined her to a safe area of the building until the work was completed.

For example, when a perfectly adorable four-month-old black, brown, and white female with green eyes named Caloo turned up at Borough Hall in tiny Carlstadt, New Jersey, in August of 2008 Borough Administrator Jane Fontana not only saved her from the deadly clutches of Animal Control but later on September 4th the Borough Council voted unanimously to adopt her as "The Carlstadt Cat." Afterwards, she would divide her days between Fontana's office and roaming Council and caucus chambers; weekends were spent at Fontana's house.

Ollie Alongside One of the Many Christmas Presents Sent to Her

"It's very nice having her in the office because she comes and sits on the desk," Fontana related. "She loves to chase the mouse on the computer screen and watches paper being printed." (See Cat Defender post of September 22, 2008 entitled "New Jersey at Long Last Has at Least One Honest Public Servant and Her Name Is Caloo from Carlstadt.")

MIA accordingly did not have even a halfway legitimate excuse for uprooting Ollie from the only home that she had known in recent memory. The suits simply wanted rid of her and that is perfectly clear from the extraordinary lengths that they went to in order to realize that objective.

In addition to rejecting out of hand any and all temporary accommodations that would have allowed her to have remained at Olympic House, the executives vetoed a plan to move her to Runway Visitor Park. Since that is such a rather large area that features, inter alia, tours of airplanes, shops, restaurants, a picnic area, and conference rooms, it is difficult to say if it would have been a good fit for Ollie. That would have depended not only upon just how busy the area is but also on where she would have made her home.

Once the option of relocating her elsewhere at MIA was disposed of that left her complete removal from the premises as the only option still on the table. In other to facilitate matters, the suits then turned to the always reliable RSPCA and another unidentified animal sanctuary in order to not only remove Ollie but to provide the political backing for their shenanigans.

"The advise from several cat charities is to permanently relocate Olly (sic) to a home where she won't be disturbed again by airport development so we're working with the team that cares for her to find her a safe place to live," the airport's designated mouthpiece blowed long and hard to the Manchester Evening News in the July 26, 2011 article cited supra.

No sooner said than done, Ollie was spirited out of MIA under the cover of darkness in late July of 2011. "They moved her during the night when no one was about," a Facebook posting later disclosed.

There can be little doubt that the RSPCA and its cohorts were handsomely rewarded by the suits for helping them get rid of Ollie. That is because it is difficult to imagine that any of the grasping frauds who comprise ninety-nine per cent of the animal protection movement ever would so much as tap their gnarled toes and ingrown, yellowish toenails to any tune other than that of the jingle-jangle of silver being dropped into their sticky palms.

Most of them are such horrible, sidewinding mercenaries that they do not have any regard for any cat or, for that matter, anyone else as well. Their mandate consists almost exclusively of liquidating cats in return for a pocketful of cash.

Every bit as revolting, apparently neither Molloy, Williams, Barber, nor any of Ollie's caretakers at Olympic House lifted so much as a lousy finger in order to save her and her home. Like fair weather friends, they were only too willing to throw her underneath the bus once her chips were down.

"We are very sorry to hear the news that Olly (sic) has died," is how a spokesman for the airport began his eulogy of her according to the May 6th edition of the Manchester Evening News cited supra. "She built up quite a loyal following and fan base during her time at the airport. We hope she enjoyed her last few years away from the airport."

Ollie on the Outside Looking In at Olympic House

From the tenor of those outrageously insincere sentiments it is quite obvious that the suits at Olympic House never have had so much as a clue as to either Ollie's intrinsic worth or her value to the airport itself. She was the best thing to ever happen to MIA but the executives were, and remain to this very day, too bloody stupid to have realized it.

When she arrived they caught lightning in a bottle but they blew it and now she is gone forever. They still have their noisy, dirty old airplanes to pollute the air and bushels of shekels in order to warm the cockles of their warped and diseased hearts but theirs has been a Faustian bargain and MIA is every bit as soulless today as it was before Ollie's arrival.

Also conspicuously absent from all the obsequies posted online has been so much as a peep out of Molloy. Although in the past he has been singled out for assisting travelers in distress, he apparently drew the line when it came to sticking up for Ollie. (See the Manchester Evening News, October 8, 2010, "Unsung Airport Hero Bob Always Goes the Extra Mile to Help Passengers.")

The last eighteen months or so that Ollie spent at MIA were not all gloom and doom, however. For instance, in early 2010 she started receiving postcards from a secret admirer. "Just been visiting your relations here in Egypt," one of them that was addressed simply to "Ginger Cat" read. "The weather is lovely and sunny. I'm sure you wish you were here! Hope you can stay warm in all the snow."

In early January of 2011, she received a belated Christmas card that was postmarked in Venice. "They have definitely raised a few smiles," an airport spokesman told London's Metro on January 14, 2011. (See "Stray Cat Bombarded by Postcards from Admirer.")

As far as it is known, the airport never was able to determine who it was that was writing to Ollie. "It's a bit of a mystery as to who has been sending the postcards to Olly (sic)," the spokesman added to Metro. "We suspect it could be someone who has visited one of the companies with an office in Olympic House, although with nineteen-million passengers and about twenty-thousand people working on site, I doubt we'll ever find out."

It has not been disclosed whether the cards continued to arrive after she was evicted and, if so, what was done with them. Hopefully, they have been preserved because they certainly would make splendid additions should anyone either at or outside of MIA ever decide to honor her with a fitting public memorial.

Although she was long gone from MIA by then, British Midland International (Bmibaby) named one of its Boeing 737's as the Olly (sic) Cat Baby in late 2011. As far as it is known, that made Ollie the only cat in history to have had an airplane named in her honor.

Just like everything else in this world, that honor also proved to be fleeting because on September 9, 2012 Bmibaby went out of business. It therefore is highly doubtful that the Olly (sic) Cat Baby can still be seen either in the skies or taxiing down runways throughout England and Europe.

All the while that was occurring Ollie was kept completely in the dark. Exiled to Northenden, she spent her final four years living in obscurity.

The Boeing 737 Named in Ollie's Honor

The only news of what her life must have been like following her cruel and unjust banishment from MIA comes courtesy of a self-laudatory October 2011 notice posted by Jennifer on Facebook. "To all my friends, do not fear I am very well, living a life of luxury and undertaking some select security cat duties," the brief entry declares. "Have taken to indoor living like a duck to water. Enjoying sleeping on knees, sofas, chairs and the bed. Totally spoiled and I am loving it."

Even after she had so criminally initialed Ollie's death warrant, Jennifer was still parroting the same old familiar line. "I'm very privileged and honored to have been chosen to look after (her)," she eulogized Ollie to the Manchester Evening News on May 6th. "She made my home a brighter place."

There are other indications, however, that Ollie's post-MIA life was not all that rosy. "She loved her cuddles and she liked waking me up at silly times in the morning in line with the buses that used to bring staff into the airport for their shifts," Jennifer let slip to the Manchester Evening News on May 6th. "She was wired to get up for them because she'd get so many cuddles."

While it admittedly is a dicey proposition to gauge with any degree of accuracy exactly what any given cat is thinking and feeling, it nevertheless is pretty safe to assume that a highly sociable and loving one like Ollie who had become accustomed to being the center of attention at Olympic House would sorely miss all the loving and presents that were so generously lavished upon her. She doubtlessly also still craved the freedom that had been so cruelly taken away from her.

Along those same lines it would be interesting to know who exactly it was that attended to her at her new home. It quite obviously was not Jennifer in that, as a busy insurance manager, she was so seldom home. Even after Ollie was gone, she was willing to devote only a few minutes of her valuable time to composing her online obituary.

There possibly could have been other members of the household who looked after her physical and emotional needs when Jennifer was off chasing shekels but even that is unknown. It accordingly is just as likely that she was left home alone all throughout the day to walk the floors and to stare at the four walls.

Furthermore, it seems highly improbable that an ambitious businesswoman like Jennifer would have taken all that kindly to being awakened in the small hours by a lonesome and heartbroken cat that was dying for attention. Consequently, all that Ollie likely received from her was to be either ignored or scolded.

The proper care of a cat involves considerably more than merely putting a roof over its head and bowl of kibble under its nose. Its emotional needs, natural instincts, and the habits formed over the course of a lifetime must also be addressed.

While it is not known what, if any, measures Jennifer undertook in order to satisfy those needs in Ollie, there can be little doubt that the sawed-off slugs who run the show at Olympic House along with the moral retards at the RSPCA looked upon and treated her as if she were nothing more than an old piece of furniture to be bandied about at their pleasure. At no time did any of them ever see her as a sentient being endowed with rights and needs that not only should have respected but, more importantly, fulfilled.

Instead, they were too busy looking down their long, dirty schnozes at her and exhausting their devious gourds in order to come up with new ways of mistreating her. All of that culminated in Jennifer's unwillingness to provide her with both the time and treatment that she so desperately needed for her strength to return so that she could get back on her feet and, most importantly, go on living.

Ollie as She Will Be Remembered

"It's nice to know she was loved as much as that," she declared to the Manchester Evening News on May 6th in response to the outpouring of condolences posted online. Sometimes loves is not enough and this certainly was one of those occasions.

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it," Abraham Lincoln once observed. The same all-too-often is true of love and in Ollie's case the affection that was showered on her by Jennifer, Olympic House, and her thousands of admirers from afar was most definitely the wrong kind.

It has not been publicly disclosed what was done with her remains and that makes it more than likely that they either were burned or thrown out with the trash. Depriving her of a proper burial and a tombstone therefore makes it all the easier for everyone concerned to quickly forget that she ever graced the face of the earth.

It also is highly unlikely that the suits at Olympic House are planning to provide her with either a memorial service or so much as a plaque. That should not dissuade, however, any of the dozens of airlines that serve MIA from naming another plane after her.

Once all the posers and liars have been exposed there simply is not any way left in order to hide the ugly and shameful truth that, for most of her existence, Ollie was hideously abused and nakedly exploited. For starters, she was abandoned twice, once by her original owner and then by the suits at Olympic House.

Secondly, in between those abandonments she was forced to forge a mean existence on the street. Thirdly, once she became ill her new guardian did not hesitate to have her killed off instead of providing her with the top-notch veterinary care that she so desperately needed and so richly deserved.

If morality, a healthy respect for the sanctity of all feline life, and justice counted for anything in this world she would still be alive today and gracing the corridors and outside areas of Olympic House. That is not to be, however, because everyone who either walked in or out of her life over the years only exploited her for their own selfish ends and amusement.

The utterly reprehensible treatment doled out to Ollie also serves to demonstrate that genuine lovers of the species are about as rare as hens' teeth. The suits at MIA, Jennifer, the RSPCA, and the legions of fans who supposedly were devoted to her can lie their ugly little faces off until the cows come home but some things never change in this world and one of them is that actions always have and always will speak infinitely louder than the self-serving drivel mouthed by impostors. As Ollie's life and times have more than amply demonstrated, the evils inflicted upon cats by their sworn enemies pale in comparison with those perpetrated by the individuals and groups who claim to love them the most.

Looking back over the course of Ollie’s all-too-brief existence it is heartbreaking to think of what her life could have been like if just one person had truly cared anything about her. There is first and foremost the happiness that she could have experienced as well as that which she surely would have brought to others.

Secondly, there are all the things that she might have accomplished and the places that she might have visited. She always was a tremendous ambassador for her species and provided with the right opportunities there is no telling what she could have accomplished of behalf of not only those cats who are already here but also for those that are coming.

No one really cared, however, and for her it all had to end so terribly premature with a deadly jab of sodium pentobarbital in some quack’s surgery. Even now that she is gone nobody seems to care that she was murdered or to be even remotely cognizant of the sheer enormity of what has been lost…and lost forever.

Photos: Manchester Evening News (Ollie) and Facebook (Olly (sic) Cat Baby).

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bubba Is Condemned to Spend Forty Days Trapped Underneath a Snow-Covered Porch after Her Uncaring Owners Prematurely Wrote Her Off as Being Dead


"I thought I heard something and, sure enough, her paw stuck out and she meowed, and well, I near fainted."
-- Howard Hogan

At times it is difficult to know exactly what to think about some of the cat stories that make the news. That is largely because neither their owners and guardians, rescue groups, nor the capitalist media are renowned for telling the unvarnished truth.

A good case in point is the hellish nightmare that was visited upon a strikingly colorful eighteen-year-old tortoiseshell named Bubba from the small rural community of St. Felix on the western tip of Prince Edward Island (PEI). Specifically, she disappeared from the house that she shares with Howard Hogan and Lucina Costain on January 31st and was not found until forty days later on March 11th.

The details are a bit sketchy but apparently she had spent that entire period trapped in a snow-covered hole beneath their front porch. It is not even clear if her rescue from the ten-foot by four-foot subterranean dungeon with only about a foot's worth of vertical clearance came as the result of a conscious effort on the part of Hogan to belatedly find her or was merely an accidental byproduct of his snow removal activities.

"I thought I heard something and, sure enough, her paw stuck out and she meowed, and well, I near fainted," he afterwards related to the CBC on March 20th. (See "Bubba the Cat Found after Forty Days Under Snow-Covered Deck.") "Lucina was looking out the window, and I told her, I yelled 'The cat is alive!' and she come (sic) out running."

Although emaciated and unsteady on her feet, Bubba still had enough in the way of reserves in order to follow her guardians indoors. They started her off on warm milk and gave her only small portions of food at first but by the following day she had recuperated sufficiently enough in order to resume taking her customary daily rations.

Not surprisingly, she was rather weak as the muscles and bones in her legs had atrophied. She recovered quickly, however, and by March 14th was able once again to leap up into her regular sitting chair.

It is believed that she subsisted throughout her long and grueling ordeal by eating grass, rodents, and snow. Being a rather large cat, Bubba also had reserves of fat that came in especially handy.

The Snow-Colored Porch Where Underneath Bubba Lived for Forty Days

"That's what saved her; she was overweight," Hogan declared to The Journal Pioneer of Summerside on March 18th. (See "Family Cat Found Under Snowbank Forty Days after She Went Missing.")

The porch and the nearly three meters of snow that fell on St. Felix during her incarceration also served to provide her with a measure of insulation and thus to protect her from succumbing to hypothermia. Her misadventures have thus demonstrated once again the prominent role that porches and the areas underneath them play in the lives of cats that, for one reason or another, get caught outside during cold and snowy weather. (See Cat Defender posts of February 23, 2015 and March 14, 2015 entitled, respectively, "Abandoned to Tough It Out by His Lonesome in the Deadly Michigan Cold and Snow, Flick Sustains Horrific Injuries to His Front Paws When They Become Frozen to a Porch" and "Ace Is Found Frozen to a Porch with His Eyes Gouged Out but the Authorities Are Too Lazy, Cheap, and Ailurophobic to Go after His Assailant.")

Although Bubba's death-defying ordeal makes for scintillating reading, there is a dark and disturbing undercurrent to her story. First and foremost is the petit fait that she easily could have been spared her nightmarish misadventure if only her guardians had cared enough about her in order to have mounted anything other than half-hearted rescue attempts.

For instance, on the night that she disappeared Costain spent only thirty minutes searching for her. Fully aware that the hole was one of Bubba's favorite haunts, she shoveled down to it the following day but, failing to locate her wayward feline, she then abandoned the search.

For his part Hogan claims to have shoveled the spot a couple of times during the weeks that followed before he, too, threw in the towel. That is in spite of the fact that he has admitted to later having heard her crying for help on several occasions.

Instead of mounting an all-out search for her, Hogan and Costain contented themselves with falsely believing that she had been eaten by either a dog or a coyote. At other times they excused their glaring lack of concern for her welfare by kidding themselves into believing that she had run away from home of her own volition.

Their account of events simply is not plausible owing to the fact that it should have been rather easy to have tracked her movements from the paw prints that she would have left behind in the snow if she had ventured from the house. Secondly, it would have been all but impossible for her to have gotten very far considering the huge amount of snow that was on the ground. Thirdly, they knew all along about the existence of the hole and her tendency to seek sanctuary there.

Bubba and Lucina Costain

In that light it would be interesting to know not only how long Hogan and Costain have cared for Bubba but, in general, how well that they have treated her. In addition to their lackadaisical rescue efforts, there are other subtle indications that they do not care very much about her.

For starters, Bubba is a derogatory moniker for a cat, especially for such an attractive, loyal, and mature female. Secondly, Hogan's simply disgraceful tendency to refer to her as "the cat" does not inspire confidence in his fidelity to her.

If a reputable and trustworthy animal protection group should exist on PEI, it might want to look into Costain's and Hogan's neglect and mistreatment of Bubba. That is especially the case in that, considering her advanced years, she needs and deserves guardians who not only love her but are attentive to her needs. Above all, she needs to be protected from want, predators, and the elements.

Speaking of the latter, PEI and the remainder of the Canadian maritimes dodged another bullet earlier this week when an anticipated springtime snowstorm fizzled out into just plain rain. Hogan reportedly filled in the hole beneath his porch immediately after Bubba's rescue but he did so with snow and it surely has melted by now.

Consequently, the hole is now exposed and Bubba easily could find herself trapped there again the next time that it snows heavily. Unless Hogan and Costain are willing to shovel it out every time that Bubba goes missing they should fill it in with dirt so as to prevent her from becoming entombed there once again.

Bubba's misfortunes bear a striking similarity to those that befell a ten-year-old black and white female named Emmy from Dame Agatha's hometown of Torquay in Devon back in 2007. In October of that year she is believed to have followed her unidentified male guardian into an outside storage shed where she became trapped.

She thus remained in the unheated shed without either food or water for the following nine weeks until the man belatedly discovered her presence and freed her in late December. Although he and his wife later claimed that they had invested weeks in searching for her, they inexplicably never once looked inside the shed. The most logical conclusion to be drawn from that glaring oversight is that they already knew exactly who that they would find there.

Emmy and an Unidentified Staffer at Torbay

When she finally was rescued Emmy was almost skeletal and near death. Based upon tongue marks left on the windowpanes of the shed, it is theorized that she survived by lapping upon condensation. She also may have snared an few bugs and an occasional mouse from time to time.

Taken to the Torbay Blue Cross Center in the Watcombe section of that town, also in Devon, she eventually recovered but had, at least temporarily, lost the ability to jump due to atrophy in her legs. Her trying ordeal also had left her with, quite understandably, such debilitating psychological scars as a fear of tight places and of being left alone.

"Emmy survived a nightmare ordeal and lived to tell the tale and now needs a good home," a spokesperson for Torbay said following her rescue. "If only she could speak and let us know how she got through it because she has an amazing story to tell."

The charity also incomprehensibly fell hook, line, and sinker for the couple's rather tall tale. "Her owner really had no idea where she was," Torbay's Laura Valentine swore to the media.

Such patently obvious balderdash as that really takes the cake in that the couple would have had to have been deaf not to have overheard her meowing and scratching at the woodwork and windowpanes for such an extended period of time. That is even more so the case in that cats tend to be most active at night when the sounds of the city give way to stillness and quiet.

Even if their locking of Emmy in the shed was unintentional, that fails to explain their haste in getting rid of her so soon after she was rescued. According to press reports at that time, the couple was too broken up about what had happened to her in order to retain custody of her. C'est-à-dire, since they already had abandoned her for nine weeks, they ultimately decided to go whole hog and thus run out on her once and for all time.

They also lamely claimed that she would not fit in at the new house that they were acquiring. Needless to say, neither explanation is believable, especially when viewed in light of previous events.

Emmy's Would-Be Tomb

Torbay perhaps unwittingly came the closest to the truth when it described Emmy as "a loving cat who needs constant attention and care." The organization further claimed that she was "not too good with young children but a home with teenagers would be fine."

Consequently, there can be little doubt that her owners had wanted to get rid of her, one way or another, for a considerable period of time. That by no means constitutes proof that they intentionally left her in the shed to die but it does point to that distinct possibility. (See Cat Defender post of January 23, 2008 entitled "Emmy Survives Being Locked in an Outdoor Storage Shed for Nine Weeks Without Either Food or Water.")

There are three common denominators to be found in the misadventures of Bubba and Emmy. First of all, in both instances the explanations provided by their respective guardians are difficult, if not impossible, to believe.

Secondly, even if against all odds they should be telling the truth that in no way excuses either their callousness or their abject failure to seriously search for their errant cats. Thirdly, neither of them contacted the authorities or posted any "Lost Cat" notices and that is doubly suspicious.

Most distressing of all, there is not very much that concerned cat lovers can do about such callous and neglectful behavior. That is because, first of all, it is impossible for any individual, no matter how dedicated, to care for every cat that needs protection.

Secondly, just about all animal rescue groups are complete frauds in that the only solution that they have to offer homeless and abused cats are jabs of sodium pentobarbital. As a consequence, calling upon their assistance is an extremely dicey proposition.

As bleak as the situation may be, it is imperative that the alarm bells continue to be sounded. Bubba and Emmy survived their close brushes with death but countless other cats are suffering and dying all alone and under similar circumstances at this moment and they never must be forgotten.

Photos: Eric McCarthy of The Journal Pioneer (Bubba alone and with Lucina Costain), Rhonda Constain (snow-covered porch), and the Daily Mail and SWNS (Emmy and the shed).

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Heartbroken Restaurateurs in the Highlands Are Offering a £1,000 Reward for the Safe Return of Their Beloved Lady Thor

Lady Thor

"She is a very special and beautiful cat. She is like a dog in the way she follows me around, so it is like a death in the family."
-- Hamish Mowatt

Losing a beloved cat is, arguably, the cruelest blow that life has to dish out from its seemingly endless bag of miseries, heartaches, and coups du sort. The almost unbearable pain that accompanies such a devastating loss is only compounded when an aggrieved owner is left in the dark as to what has happened to the cat and that in turn makes achieving any measure of closure totally impossible.

Those no doubt are just a few of the dark and foreboding thoughts that have been the constant companions of Hamish and Carole Mowatt of St. Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay ("Ronald's Island" in Old Norse) in the Orkneys ever since their beloved three-year-old cat, Lady Thor, mysteriously disappeared on February 21st from their home at Skerries Bistro near Pentland Firth. Although the elderly restaurateurs are offering a £1,000 reward, even that expedient has failed to lead to her safe return.

Found cowering underneath the Mowatt's automobile on a Thursday when she was barely two months old, the black, gray, and white female with a distinctive patch of brown underneath her chin was, appropriately enough, named in honor of the great god Thor. From that day forward she became an indispensable member of the Mowatt household.

"She is a very special and beautiful cat," Hamish told the Press and Journal of Aberdeen on March 30th. (See "£1,000 Offered for Return of Missing Orkney Cat.") "She is like a dog in the way she follows me around, so it is like a death in the family."

Other than successfully enlisting the aid of the Press and Journal, it is not known what additional efforts the Mowatts have undertaken in order to locate Lady Thor. Presumably, they have thoroughly searched the area around their restaurant and thus concluded that she is no longer residing in St. Margaret's Hope.

Her wariness of strangers coupled with the inherent love of place that all cats share in common also would tend to indicate that if she was removed from the area it was against her will. "She is not a friendly cat with anyone else and won't let anyone come within fifteen feet of her," Hamish affirmed to the Press and Journal.

Unless she has met with foul play, it thus seems likely that she has been either intentionally or accidentally spirited out of St. Margaret's Hope and possibly even off of South Ronaldsay. Given the island's location, two possible destinations immediately present themselves.

First of all, since South Ronaldsay is connected to Mainland Island in the north by the A961 which transverses the Churchill Barriers (a quartet of causeways covering 2.3 kilometers), Lady Thor could have been driven there or dropped off along the way at either Burray, Glimps Holm, or Lamb Holm. In fact, unconfirmed sightings of a cat matching her description have been reported in the Tankerness district of St. Andrews Parish, approximately forty kilometers from St. Margaret's Hope.

The second and even more depressing scenario is that she somehow found her way onto one of Pentland's automobile ferries which sail thrice daily from St. Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay in Caithness on the Scottish mainland to the south. "We believed at one point that she probably went on the midday ferry. We have cars driving down here regularly between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and that is when she went missing," Hamish theorized to the Press and Journal. "If she has gone to mainland Scotland we fear that we will never see her again."

Because of their diminutive stature and tendency to become easily frightened of both crowds and loud noises, cats sometimes seek sanctuary in movable objects and that quite often leads to disaster. While it is always conceivable that she could have been forcibly kidnapped, a far more likely scenario is that she somehow wandered into a parked car and as a result was unwittingly transported out of the area.

It happens every day and, sadly, only a handful of these unfortunate felines ever are reunited with their owners. (See Cat Defender posts of November 6, 2006, December 12, 2007, August 18, 2008, April 18, 2010, June 1, 2012, and December 11, 2014 entitled, respectively, "Trapped in a Moving Van for Five Days, Texas Cat Named Neo Is Finally Freed in Colorado," "Bored with Conditions at Home, Carlsberg Stows Away on a Beer Lorry for the Adventure of a Lifetime," "Ronaldo Escapes Death after Retailer Coughs Up the Exorbitant Bounty That Quarantine Officials Had Placed on His Head," "Ally's Last Ride Lands Her in a Death Trap Set by an Uncaring and Irresponsible Supermarket Chain and a Bargain Basement Shelter," "A Tattoo Unravels Burli's Secret Past but It Is a Radio Broadcast That Ultimately Leads to His Happy Reunion with His Forever Grateful Current Guardian," and "Uprooted from Home and Left Stranded Thousands of Miles Away, Spice Discovers to Her Horror That Not All the Ghouls and Goblins in This World Are Necessarily to Be Found on Halloween.")

Lady Thor

It often is not even necessary for a cat to gain entry into the interior of an automobile in order to be driven miles from home in that some of them, attracted to the heat given off by cooling motors, become trapped underneath the bonnet. Others meanwhile are forced to hang on for dear life to undercarriages and precarious perches on petrol tanks. (See Cat Defender posts of January 5, 2006 and March 16, 2003 entitled, respectively, "'Miracle' Cat Survives a Seventy-Mile Trip Down the New Jersey Turnpike by Clinging to the Drive Shaft of an SUV" and "Mausi Is Saved from a Potentially Violent Death on the Fast and Furious Autobahn Thanks to the Dramatic Intervention of a Münchner Couple.")

Some cats also make forays into trash cans and Dumpsters and as a result end up at either recycling plants or in worse straits. (See Cat Defender posts of August 23, 2007 and May 4, 2010 entitled, respectively, "An Alert Scrap Metal Worker Discovers a Pretty 'Penny' Hidden in a Mound of Rubble" and "Picked Up by a Garbage Truck Driver and Dumped with the Remainder of the Trash, Alfie Narrowly Escapes Being Recycled.")

Cats even have found themselves in landfills and at charities after unwittingly secreting themselves away in furniture that was slated to be discarded. (See Cat Defender post of March 23, 2009 entitled "Mistakenly Tossed Out with the Trash, Autumn Survives a Harrowing Trip to the City Dump in Order to Live Another Day" and the Edmonton Journal, August 26, 2010, "Edmonton Cat in the Mat Comes Back.")

Cats additionally have been accidentally mailed from one location to another. (See Cat Defender post of July 21, 2008 entitled "Janosch Survives Being Sent Through the Post from Bayern to the Rhineland.")

To make a long story short, either anyone or anything that moves in and out of a cat's world is a potential death trap. Moreover, disaster can strike within the twinkling of an eye in that a cat can be in plain view one moment and fifty miles away in parts unknown an hour later.

Other than the steps that they already have taken, the Mowatts might want to consider placing some online and print advertisements on both Mainland Island and in Caithness. If they have not already done so, the should blanket both locales with "Lost Cat" posters. Door-to-door canvassing also would be another idea worth trying.

Given that Skerries Bistro reopened for business on March 14th and will continue so on a daily basis throughout October, it is not known how much time and energy that they have to invest in searching for Lady Thor but if they love her half as much as they claim they will drop everything immediately and devote all of their time and resources into finding her. During the interim they could prevail upon someone else to fill in for them at the restaurant.

If that is totally out of the question, they always could retain the services of a private dick in order to beat the bushes for them. (See Cat Defender post of April 2, 2015 entitled "Cornishman Shells Out £10,000 on Private Peepers in Order to Track Down Farah's Killer but Once Again Gets Stiffed by Both the Police and the RSPCA.")

Presumably, the couple long ago contacted any and all animal protection groups that exist in St. Margaret's Hope as well as Cats Protection's office in Finston on Mainland Island. They additionally should have alerted the Scottish RSPCA in Caithness to be on the lookout for Lady Thor.

It has not been disclosed whether Lady Thor has been microchipped and from the photographs of her that have been made available it does not appear that she was outfitted with either a collar or a tattoo. If she is wandering around without identification that is certainly going to make it more difficult, albeit not impossible, for the Mowatts to get her back. Therefore, the key to relocating her would seem to lie in getting photographs of her as quickly as possible into the hands of rescue personnel as well as the general public.

If indeed Lady Thor's misadventures have left her marooned in some unknown strange and distant place she has a considerable amount in common with a three-year-old brown and gray tomcat with bright green eyes named Poussey who mysteriously disappeared without so much as a trace on April 22, 2013 from the home that he shared with Sandrine Foehr and her family in La Havre. Unbeknownst to them, he was found two days later wandering the automobile deck of the P&O Ferry as it wended its way across the English Channel from Calais to Dover in Kent.

Poussey and Sandrine Foehr

Since it is two-hundred-seventy-four kilometers from La Havre to Calais, Poussey quite obviously did not walk that great of a distance, especially in forty-eight hours. He therefore was transported there by car, but it never was determined whether he made the trip as an unwitting stowaway or as the victim of a botched kidnapping.

After being corralled by the ship's crew, he was immediately handed over to the Port of Dover Police upon docking and likely would have been killed on the spot if it had not been for the compassion shown him by PC David Palmer. "Javert (as he had christened Poussey) was effectively on death row," he later revealed. "If an animal arrives without a pet passport, it becomes a rabies danger and must be put down or go into quarantine."

Humanely opting for the second alternative, Palmer was able to prevail upon Jeremy Stattersfield of Burnham House Veterinary Surgery in Dover to issue Poussey a pet passport and to vaccinate him. The veterinarian then took it upon himself to arrange for the wayward tom to spend his first three weeks of quarantine at The Animal Inn on Dover Road in Ringwould, near Deal.

After that impromptu living arrangement had run its course, he cleared the way for him to stay at the Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary outside Folkestone. He even was able to convince La Fondation Brigitte Bardot to pay for Poussey's quarantining.

"He is a very affectionate cat and it wasn't his fault he found himself in the wrong country," is how he later explained his rationale for intervening. "We just had to help him."

All the while that Stattersfield was busily working his many wonders, Palmer had embarked upon a campaign to locate Poussey's owner. Relying upon information deciphered from an implanted microchip, he prevailed upon Major Arnauld Caron of the Police aux frontières to have the local authorities in La Havre leave a note on the door of Poussey's address.

Both Palmer's and Caron's carefully laid plains nearly came to naught however because Foehr had neglected to update the contact information contained in Poussey's microchip. As a result, the note from Palmer was delivered to his old abode instead of his current address.

Although by this time he had been missing for almost two months, Foehr never had given up searching for him and as a consequence she traveled to his old address and, amazingly, discovered Palmer's letter. That in turn led to her happy reunion with Poussey at Stattersfield's surgery on Castle Street.

If it had not been for the extraordinary efforts of Palmer, Stattersfield, and the Police aux frontières Foehr never would have either seen Poussey again or even known what had happened to him. Even as things eventually turned out, he came within a hairbreadth of being unceremoniously liquidated. (See Cat Defender post of July 25, 2014 entitled "Poussey Overcomes a Surprise Boat Ride to Dover, a Stint on Death Row, and Being Bandied About Like a Flying Dutchman in Order to Finally Make It Home to La Havre.")

In early September of the same year, a two-year-old brown and gray female named Poppy somehow made it eight kilometers from her home in Bradwell to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk where she then unwittingly found herself on a boat bound for an oil rig in the North Sea. The crew belatedly discovered her presence on board but that was not until they were forty-eight kilometers from shore.

They kept her safe, warm, and well-fed until they returned to shore whereupon they then surrendered her to the RSPCA in East Norfolk. An implanted microchip later revealed that she belonged to fifty-six-year-old Janet Holland and the duo were successfully reunited on September 16th.

Poppy and  Janet Holland

"The RSPCA phoned me quite early in the morning and when they told me where she'd been, I thought I was dreaming," she later told London's Express on September 20th. (See "Cat Reunited with Owner after Sneaking onto Ship Bound for Oil Rig.") "I cannot thank them or the ship's crew enough. They probably don't realize just how much this means to me."

Poppy, who earlier had lost her tail to a hit-and-run motorist, has a tendency to roam but she never before had ventured very far from home. "She has a little friend over the back she goes and plays with and she's known for wandering around the school playing field," Holland disclosed to the Express. "But Poppy had never spent a night away from home so we thought the worst."

As was the case with Poussey, it is unlikely that Poppy walked all the way from Bradwell to Yarmouth. Consequently, it would seem likely that she either was kidnapped or made the journey as an unwitting stowaway in a motor vehicle.

This is mere supposition but the motorist who drove her to the hometown of Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty, surely must have dumped her on the docks as well. It is even conceivable that she was kidnapped with the intention of having her as a companion on the oil rig. That is because although cats are known for incurring streaks of notoriously bad luck, it strains credulity that she wandered into an automobile and then onto a boat all by her lonesome and within such a short span of time.

As the dramatic rescues of both Poussey and Poppy have amply demonstrated, there is hope that the Mowatts may yet be successfully reunited with Lady Thor. Moreover, they have at least two advantages over Foehr and Holland.

First of all and unlike Poussey, it is believed that Lady Thor is still in Scotland. Consequently, the Mowatts do not have to contend with either international entanglements or quarantine fees and restrictions.

Secondly, there is not anything in the record to even remotely suggest that she has been transported to an offshore oil rig. She therefore likely is still on terra firma and that enables the Mowatts to search high and low for her without incurring either any legal or geographical constraints.

The important thing for them is neither to give up hope nor to stop searching for her. In furtherance of that objective, they need to devise a detailed plan of action and to see it through to completion. Lady Thor never would give up on them and they likewise never should give up on finding her.

Perhaps most important of all, the Mowatts have money and with it almost anything, either good or bad, is possible. It is an entirely different story for the impecunious who love their cats every bit as much as the privileged love theirs but, owing to circumstances beyond their control, are unable to do very much for them in their times of greatest need. Carpe diem!

Anyone who has seen Lady Thor or knows where she can be found is urged to promptly contact the Mowatts by either telephone at 44-01856-831329 or online at www.skerriesbistro.co.uk. Locating her is the only way that this once happy trio can ever be made whole again.

Photos: Press and Journal (Lady Thor), Facebook (Lady Thor), Daily Mail (Poussey and Sandrine Foehr), and the Express (Poppy and Janet Holland).