Because life’s celebrations shouldn’t cost the Earth

Saturday, 24 May 2014


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;

 Bad, jealous kitty.  She doesn't bring us home dead trophies, instead she lets live mice free in the house for us to chase.  She also claws the furniture and carpets and is a general waste of space......but we are most fond of her!  We were therefore very concerned when she failed to show up on Thursday.  She has a cat-flap and can come and go as she pleases, but is never away for more than an hour or so at a time and her territory is two or three gardens at most. We went to see our neighbours and checked the road behind our house but could find no trace of her. When she was still missing on Friday we were certain that something had happened to her and began to lose hope.............

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.

Thanks Guys!


  1. Awwww glad the story had a happy ending!! Bet the firemen loved their thank you gift - hubby is in the brigade in Cleveland if I tell him this story he'll want you to move here lol.

  2. Phew! So glad kitty got home safely! Jxo

  3. I'm so pleased you got a happy (if a bitt soggy) reunion!

  4. Good job cats have nine lives :)

  5. So beautiful story!
    Thank you for sharing!
    I ve got..20 cats!maybe more , and I love them all!
    Have a fab sunday!

  6. What a lovely story and I can guarantee she won't have learnt her lesson! xx

  7. She clearly wanted her own post on your blog rather than just photo-bombing

    1. She does have her own label on the blog - 'Bad Kitty'!

  8. What a brilliant tale. Well done the fire brigade.

  9. Aww...I'm sure that was one of the fire and rescue team's nicer jobs!! And I'm sure they will enjoy your hamper and beer! Lovely story x

  10. I'm glad the story had a happy ending for all concerned, its so worrying when pets go off the radar isn't it... the firemen look very pleased with their thank you hamper - such a lovely thought :) x

  11. Cats really are a law unto themselves aren't they? I'm glad she's back safe and sound (if soggy) and I'm sure the firemen were delighted with your thoughtful gift.

  12. What a fun story, and great to hear that firemen still rescue cats. Just lovely

  13. Great, great story! Hugs and happy week to you all,

    Happy highways, too!

  14. This is a great story, my hubby is a fireman, and has saved many people and their pets :D

  15. How nice of them to rescue your cat - I bet the people at the Fire Station appreciated the goodies you sent over.