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Re: Feline Theft

My cats "steal" socks from the laundry hamper regularly! I can always  
tell, because they can't resist making a distinctive "cry of triumph"  
when they have one!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 22, 2006, at 12:23 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

> I got the following article from a friend in New York City, and I  
> thought all
> of you would get a kick out of it.  Enjoy.
> zem
> Associated Press Writer
> PELHAM, N.Y. (AP) -- A pink and white gardening glove was missing
> from Jeannine Goche's front porch. But there was absolutely no
> mystery about who had taken it.
> Willy, the cat who loves gloves, had struck again.
> "It has to be him," Goche said. "I've heard about him."
> As if the gardeners of Pelham don't have enough to worry about, with
> the rocky soil and the slugs and the big trees that cast too much
> shade, a feline felon has been sneaking into their backyards and
> carrying off at least two dozen gardening gloves.
> Goche's flower-patterned glove may soon take its place on the
> clothesline that's strung across the front fence at Willy's home in
> this village just northeast of New York City, which he shares with
> Jennifer and Dan Pifer, their 19-month-old son, Hudson, and a mutt
> named Peanut Chew.
> Above the line is a sign that says: "Our cat is a glove snatcher.
> Please take these if yours."
> Nine pairs of gardening gloves and five singles were strung up
> Thursday morning. Willy, looking innocent, was playing with a beetle
> in the driveway and occasionally dashing after Hudson.
> "This all started about the time people began working in their
> gardens, I guess March or April," Jennifer Pifer said. "Willy would
> just show up with a glove, or we'd see them on the front steps. I
> guess it's better than if he was bringing home dead birds."
> She doesn't know how far Willy goes to find a glove, but she has
> learned it takes him two trips to bring home a matched pair.
> Willy, born to a stray last spring, appears to assemble his
> collection in daytime raids.
> "Mostly it happens on weekends, I guess when people are out
> gardening," Pifer said.
> John Cassone, who lives and gardens across the street, said he isn't
> missing any gloves. He uses "the big, heavy leather kind" and figures
> Willy isn't strong enough to drag them away.
> Guess again: There's a pair of the big, heavy leather kind among
> Willy's trophies.
> In winter, when gardening gloves are hard to find, Willy doesn't
> become a mitten kitten. His offseason prey is dirty socks from the
> laundry room.
> Despite his criminal nature, neighbors get a kick out of Willy.
> Cassone said the cat likes to accompany the mailman up and down the
> block, all the way to each front door.
> Since Pifer grows flowers, vegetables and herbs herself, isn't she
> tempted to make use of the endless supply of garden gloves that
> arrive at her doorstep free, shipping included?
> "No," she said. "I do a lot of gardening but I don't use gloves."
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