Saturday, January 19, 2008

Faz Olsen - Cat Reporter

The Times Newspaper 10/01/2008


A pet dog missed the family’s dead cat so much that he dug up his grave and brought the body back into the house.

When Oscar’s owners woke up the next morning they discovered the dog curled up beside Arthur, the late cat, in his basket.

His owners, Robert Bell, 73, and his wife, Mavis, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, believe that the dog had licked the cat clean before falling asleep.

Mr Bell said that the two pets were constant companions. Arthur, who was a large cat, used to help Oscar to climb on to the sofa.

Oscar, an 18-month-old Lancashire Heeler, had watched Mr Bell dig a grave in the garden and then lower the cat into the hole.Mr Bell said: “He had managed to climb out through the cat flap in the night, obviously with the intent to get Arthur back. Bearing in mind that Arthur was a huge cat, Oscar must have used all the strength he could muster.

“Then he pulled him into the basket and went to sleep next to him. Arthur’s coat was gleaming white. Oscar had obviously licked him clean. It must have taken him nearly all night.”

Arthur is now reburied in a secure grave. And Oscar has a new playmate, a kitten called Limpet.


40 comments:

Chairman Mao said...

We Ballicai saw that story, too! Wowie, they were such great furriends. Poor Oscar missed Arthur so muchies... and I'm glad Oscar is makin furriends with the new kitty, Limpet.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I feel very sad for Arthur. He obviously loved Oscar very much!

Poppy Q said...

Fazzie you is a good reporter - I liked that story about Oscars love for Arthur.

Make sure you get paid for doing such an awesome job.

Marilyn MonREOW said...

What a poignant story. They certainly were such close and loving friends. Thank you for sharing. *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

What a sad, but sweet story. Thanks Faz for your purrfect reporting.

The Devil Dog said...

OMG! That is incredible. I am so sorry that Oscar missed Arthur so much, but otherwise, ewwwwww.
That is amazing, really.

Roxy

Mickey said...

WOW!!! I am so glad they got Oscar a new cat. He was obviously lonely,but to dig him up......:0
Purrs Mickey

Kaz's Cats said...

We (including Mum) were all a bit sad reading this story until we read that Oscar had the new little kitten Limpet to get to know and play with. We like your hat Faz - it makes you look like a paid journo,

Purrs

Gypsy & Tasha

PS like Poppy, we also hope you got paid for this story.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Wow! What a sad, sweet story. We are glad that Arthur has a new kitten friend now.

Rosie & Cheeto said...

whoa- that makes us sad and happie at the same time. Its so grate to have a bestest friend. Hopefully his new cat buddy is a cuddlur!

Gattina said...

What a very touching story ! so sweet ! I have to say since Max died almost 3 years ago now, Lisa isn't the same anymore, she really became lonely and still doesn't want to be near my other cats. Not even little Rosie she accepted.
Fazzie you have such a funny fur pattern, lol ! I have never seen such a special one.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

We also read that story. It reminds us of the story of a little dog in England who returned every day and lay at the grave of his master until the day of his own death.

Ariel said...

Awww that's so sad.Animals are truly
amazing.

Parker said...

That was an incredible story. I am glad that Arthur has a new friend now.

Yoggie said...

Oh, poor doggie. It's always hard to lose a friend.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

That story almost made me tear up a little.

Thank goodness they got that dog another cat friend.

Pearl.

PS - so glad you can relate to the weather woes. I needs my sunshine badly.

catsynth said...

That story is both sad and sweet.
We're glad Oscar has a new kitty friend.

Tara said...

We saw that story too, and were very touched about it. We are very glad to hear about the new friend for Oscar.

Tara

Angus said...

AAAaawwwww-such devotion between species even-and I think species doesn't really matter-it's all about family and it's all about love.

Daisy said...

I read that story, and it touched my heart. I am glad Oscar got a new companion.

Faz, you are a good reporter!

Derby said...

Woofies can be good furiends too. At least Oscar has a new companion.

MoMo said...

That's a great story! Good to see such devotion in the world. I'm glad Oscar has a new kitty friend.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Wow! That is love! We are so glad Oscar now has a new Kitty to play with! Great job of Reporting Faz!
Your FL furiends,

The Furry Fighter said...

oh my goodness what an incredible story! my Bean missed that one! well done on your reporting skills - i hope this finally proves to The Doubters that animals do have feelings x

The Furry Bambinos said...

Faz, thanks for repurrting that touching story! We are glad that Oscar has a new friend to keep him company now.

Padre, Panda Bear, and Meerkat

The Whiskers & Purrs Gang said...

We cried a little bit when we readed this story, Faz. You is one dang good reporter. Thanks for sharin'.
Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

Monica said...

Hi Faz! Thank you for your comments asking about Phoebe and I. I finally managed to get Tracy to help me with a new post. You are a great reporter.

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Oh, Faz, that is a wonderful, yet sad story!!!

Patches

Karen Jo said...

That is a very sad and touching story with a hopeful ending. I really hope that Oscar and Limpet become the best of friends.

Tigmut'hep said...

Oh my goodness, I'z glad they gotted d'poor doggie a new kitty friend!

Millie said...

What an amazing story!

I tagged you. Come to my blog to find out more!

Monty Q. Kat said...

Oh, that's love right there. I'm glad he has a new furrend now.

snowforest said...

Oh what a sweet story - very touching - woofies can be such great friends ~ glad that Oscar got a new friend though...
Love and purrs from the SnowForest family :)

Kelly Cat said...

Devoted, loyal Oscar... he must be a good friend to have.

The Cat Realm said...

What a great story of love and friendship! We are glad that Oscar has a new playmate now!

Shilgiah the Cat said...

What an amazing story! Thanks.

Tybalt said...

That story made us all leaky-eyed. It just proves how special we furries really are.

Caesar and Princess said...

Faz, loving friend. please come.
It has been a sad couple of days

purrrs, Princess

Benjamin Fuzz said...

that's both a sad story and a heart warming story! a true love story!

ben & lucy

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

what a love story!!!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxooxxo