Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Lovely Animal Story ~ Stratford 2008

Watson's Chelsea Bazaar in Stratford, Ontario, is an extensive and irresistible china shop. When you visit you will see, individually or grouped, four lovely slim-line tabbies (not the Tibby variety!), all from the same family.

The story goes like this: the owner of Watsons was out walking along a river one day with his big black lab, a male dog. The dog disappeared into the undergrowth and returned with a very small kitten in its mouth. It went back three more times. The mother was nowhere to be found and the man and the dog found themselves with four little kittens of the same litter, most likely dumped.

That dog took the kittens under his paw and cared for them and bathed them. They all (cats and dog) live amicably in the shop. Here are three of the cats, as I found them last week, all grown, asleep on one of the main counters.


9 comments:

Suza said...

"Three little cats from school are we..." sung to the famed Mikado tune - somehow very appropriate for Stratford, what?!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

OMG that is such a sweet tale and so heartwarming, thanks for sharing and making me go "aww".

Pop over and see my new cute baby kitty :-)

Edward Hegstrom said...

A very sweet story. I love it when so-called "lower life forms" act according to their hearts, offering proof that they have souls.

Bachelor said...

Sing it girls!
The Bach

willow said...

Adorable! And I thoroughly enjoyed the story behind them.

Betsy said...

That is amazing! Love the story...what a good dog! :)

Stevyn Colgan said...

Fantastic photo and a great story. I have two cats and two dogs who all share the same bed in one giant furry lump. Dogs and cats at war? It doesn't have to be that way, apparently.

Hilary said...

What a wonderful photo. And what sweet dog for saving them. Instinct is so awe-inspiring.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I'm glad you can relate to the JRT tales. No doubt there'll be more. And so nice to see a fellow-Ontarian out here in the blogosphere. I'll be back! :)

Eaglewing said...

Great story! Who knew dogs and cats could set aside their differences like that? Gives the world hope.