I really want to post this story.
But if I do, I'll have to confess to an embarrassing little secret. Something I'd much rather keep hidden. As my own dark little vice.
But this is a CAT story you see.
And a good cat story at that. With a happy ending. We're talking mucho contented cat. MUCHO.
So there's nothing else to it. I'll have to fess up.
Here goes (coughs and shuffles feet).
I sometimes read online tabloids. The gossipy ones.
Yes. I know.
The articles are mostly mind-numbingly idiotic. With more than a hint of misogynism when the next female celebrity gets slashed and burned for allowing herself to get photographed with a touch of cellulite (oh the shock, the horror!). Or worse: for not being back at pre-baby weight within two weeks of giving birth. The way these women let themselves go... it shouldn't be allowed. According to tabloid 'journalists' anyway. Whom I suspect have never been able to get near a woman. Something like Revenge of the Sad, Angry and Pathetic therefore.
WHY do I read them then (on occasion)? Er. Because sometimes it just feels good to give my brain some time off? Especially after a very busy day? Like it feels really good at times to go for a Big Mac instead of a home-cooked meal or dinner in a fancy restaurant?
Anyway - enough about the dark corners of my psyche. Back to the cat story!
I found this article on Daily Mail online a couple of weeks ago.
Ginger tabby Tom is getting on in years a bit and sadly, so is his arthritis. Which means that it has become increasingly difficult for him to climb the fence of his owner Adrienne's backyard. To overlook his territory and mingle or mess with the neighbourhood cats. And jumping down the fence is obviously not doing his poor old joints a world of good either.
One day, Adrienne's boyfriend Gareth couldn't stand the sight of it anymore. So he set to work to make Tom his very own spiral staircase to the fence. In my book, Gareth is the man of the year. Check it out.
The next pic is my favourite. Look at his smug little face. Doesn't it have 'I'm the King of the World' all over it?
So Adrienne: I'm saying this one's a keeper.
If you INSIST on reading the original article, it can be found here.
And for another bit on people who built some great stuff for their kitty, read this post over at Linda's blog. Them's good people.