Thank goodness for nine lives and firefighters.....
When Mr. Larkin and I first set up home we were adopted by a large stray tom cat. He was a bit of a killer, unfortunately, and would often bring us home dead rabbits and other small tokens of his affection. He was also keen on chasing dogs and fighting any other cats foolish enough to pass his door! However, when our human babies started arriving he was always so gentle with them;
He reached a grand old age and when he sadly passed away, my Mum took it upon herself to source us a new member of the family;
However, that afternoon I saw a flash of red go past;
Ten minutes later the cat-flap banged and a very bedraggled cat stomped in. It all seemed too much of a coincidence, so I rang the local Fire Brigade, and yes, they had just rescued a tabby cat stuck on the roof of a local house. It appears she had been chasing birds and got a bit too carried away. Perhaps two days and nights trapped on a roof in torrential rain will teach her a lesson......but I doubt it!
We made the lads up a little hamper of tea and biscuits which the children delivered to our heroes along with some bottles of beer.