We were talking yesterday on the Word Wenches Blog about how our pets manipulate us, train us and generally make sure that if we are paying too much attention to our writing and too little to them then that imbalance will be addressed as quickly as possible. The natural charm and intelligence of animals cannot be overestimated and here, to prove the point, is the story of Puss in Books, Fidel the cat, who has visited his library in Kent almost every day for the past 2 years. Fidel spends the day on his favourite blue chair, only leaving the building when he sees his owners arriving home. As well as checking out the books, Fidel is apparently something of an art critic and has been seen examining the paintings on the library walls. The story is on the BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8021407.stm and yes, you guessed it, it's one of the most emailed news stories of the day!
The story reminded me of a talk I did at Pewsey Library a few months ago. When I arrived a rather beautiful ginger cat was waiting on the doorstep and came inside with me. When the librarian tried to show her the door she refused to leave, clearly determined to learn more about Regency Christmas customs! She sat down in the front row but decided she wanted to go after twenty minutes. Evidently my public speaking skills need improvement!