Shop Cat is a Scottish Fold feline of great character, a gregarious creature who was rescued by Mark who owns the automotive repair shop in the small industrial complex which can be viewed at a distance across the main highway from our house.
We have been ferrying vehicles back and forth during the week for service, and some serious repairs to the old Dodge truck, Snort'n Nort'n. When J. drops off a vehicle that may be there for some hours or even a day or two, I follow him in another vehicle. I made the acquaintance of Shop Cat last autumn and always hope that he will be around.
Shop Cat loves to monitor the clients as they arrive and depart and he stomps about the small parking lot with the aplomb of an overseer. At one end of the parking area is a corral for horses as a farrier works from the same premises. Only on a day of really dreadful weather does Shop Cat linger in the lobbey of the shop, curled in a blanket covered armchair.
Last November J. had several of his For Sale motor homes serviced. One afternoon, driving the few miles back home he realized that Shop Cat had settled himself in the camper while Mark was working and was now quite happily going for a ride. Of course he turned around and delivered Shop Cat back to his owner.
Shop Cat was standing on top of the lattice screen by the shop door when we went over on Friday morning. He "meowed" a pleasant greeting and posed for me while my camera refused to cooperate.
Stuffing the dead camera in my coat pocket, I hoisted Shop Cat and carried him inside. He is a solid, compact being, an armful. I held him as I waited for the bill to be presented for me to write a check. Shop Cat purred--a strong, well-tuned motor.
How he survives in such a busy yard his owner doesn't know, but the affection shared between them is obvious.
Long may Shop Cat live to greet the customers and add his unique personality to the business.