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The greatest cat ever!

Posted Monday, March 16, 2009, at 10:54 AM

When i worked for some wonderful folks in Bell Buckle they had a sweet cat that gave birth to 6 kittens. They were all average sized except one. He was a hoss.

They named this long haired, big kitten Mighty Joe.

He was a Maine Coon, not full bred but beautiful.

3 years later we were called at my house and Mighty Joe

needed a home.

We had adopted his mother, Vicki already.

Joe intergrated into the house hold fine, he thought he was King of the house and the official greeter of the door.

Being a 20 lb cat with a large frame, he would intimidate folks when he would come to the door to greet them.

We even had one visiting kid freak out and yell he was a puma...

Joe has his routine for the day, and he does not deviate. We built a special outdoor area for the kitties to roam and get sunshine.

He would love to roam the neighborhood, but a neighbor hates all pets and it would not be a good idea.

Too many have mysteriously been poisoned in the neighborhood that have roamed.

Joe is my son's best friend and he follows Shea like a dog. He sleeps with him, and wakes him up for school in the morning, follwing him to the shower. And he talks all the time, you walk in the room and ask him "whats up?" and he will answer you.

One of Joe's favorite things to do is "keep the computer safe."

Another is "hide behind the furniture and leap out at the other cats."

If you are thinking of getting a kitty, choose a outgoing friendly one like Joe.

Any kitten/cat you adopt or buy, please get all the vaccinations recommended and Spay or Neuter them by age 6 months.

More stories on Gentle Joe another day, hope you enjoyed.

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The cat in the pic looks just like our Kitty-Poo-Poo, who died last year. He wasn't quite 20 lbs but he was very poofy. Handsome kitty cat!

-- Posted by mmp84 on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 6:48 PM

steve, i went to a cat show and there was a Maine Coon there at the Show that was 32 Lbs. He was two times the size of Joe. Joe's father was much bigger too.


-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 5:46 PM

20 pounds is a big fella. Is that normal for his breed?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 4:55 PM

Joe is gorgeous.

He looks as if he'd be a sweetheart.

I agree that pets don't need to wander at will outdoors (any more than humans do.)

It's just too dangerous.

But,I hope the powers-that-be are looking into poisonings and such as thoroughly as they might other unnatural deaths.

Animal abuse is a gateway crime.

The person who finds amusement in others' pain or feels free to remove living,feeling "nuisances" at will may choose to attack a human who "doesn't count" and then move on to any one of us.

Perhaps,these people are mentally ill and/or continuing a pattern of abuse they have suffered.

Maybe,they've never learned empathy,respect for others or how to solve problems in a less drastic way.

Those who harm property or living things have dead spots in their souls.

Whether they become the next serial killers or the persons who stand by and do nothing as a neighbor is assaulted,they are a threat to our safety.

It's not too big a stretch to say that casual cruelty in everyday life is a building block for the evils of terrorism and genocide.

We need to respond to spiritual disease as promptly and efficently as we would any other plague.

We need to recognize the symptoms before they get out-of-hand,get the people involved healed and prevent them from inflicting damage with their malady.

We can't afford to condone or quietly endure any hateful actions any more than we can shrug off cancer.

In a kinder,more just world,all our kids and pets would have to worry about are the perils in nature.

In this reality,they have to avoid speeding cars,the dangerous items found in garages and work sites plus criminals,too.

As much as we might hate confining them,"house arrest" or letting them out under our control is preferable to putting them at risk.

At least,Joe has a loving home and a sense of purpose.

In a choice between his life and the chance to stalk birds,small mammals and bugs outdoors,he has chosen the better part.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 3:29 PM

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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.