Feel Good Friday #22

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I'm no stranger to a little bit of animal rescuing. I've given the Scottish SPCA a bell to help rescue three different birds over the years and I wouldn't hesitate to stop and help again (even if you do get some funny looks wrapping your jacket around a seagull to move them off a busy road). I have a confession to make though: ever since I was little I've wanted to rescue a cat or dog. I must have read too many Puppy Patrol books because I can't help but think finding and rescuing (and subsequently keeping) a puppy or kitten would be the greatest thing.

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The story of Pat Doody and Party Cat is like a rock 'n' roll edition of Puppy Patrol. Pat was riding back from the Born Free Motorcycle Show in California when he found an abandoned and badly burned kitten at a gas station. Pat scooped him up, tucked him inside his vest and continued on his journey to New Jersey. Named Party Cat, this little ginger tomcat was nursed back to health on the road, eating tuna fish out of dry-foil packs and sleeping in Pat's tent at night. 

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Now back at home Party Cat has been given the all clear by the vet and taken up full time residence at Pat's house. Despite his name, Pat says he 'has never met a cat so calm'. I love this story because not only did Pat do something extraordinary and kind, it proves you can't judge anyone by appearances - whether that's heavily bearded biker guys or scrappy little alley cats. 

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