Today, Malisa and I (and a guest appearance from our very own –  Westley Boston) gave away some tickets,

If your dog ran away, name something you’d be surprised he took with him…

1. The Cat (23)

2. Leash/collar (17)

3. Food/Bowl (16)

4. His Bone (9)

5. Clothes/shoe (6)

6. Bed/pillow (6)

7. Favorite Toy (4)

8. Wallet/Money (4)

Today is Cat Day!

Congratulations to Marie from Mount Vernon who won that $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple!

Here is the History of Cat Day!

  • Cat Day was first created by Colleen Paige, a strong animal welfare advocate, to bring attention to the plight of the domestic cat.
  • Shortly after its inception, Cat Day was adopted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA) an organization also centered on getting people to adopt pets. They work hard to bring attention to the number of animals that have to be rescued each year, and the growing problem and possible solutions to feral cat colonies.

Facts about cats

  •  Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs. That being said, only 11.5% of people consider themselves “cat people.”
  • Each cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint. A cat rubs against people to mark its territory, but cats lick themselves to get your scent off.
  • Cats sweat through their paws and also have scent glands in their paws. They use kneading and scratching in order to mark their territory.
  • Cats can spend as much as half of their waking life grooming themselves, and they actually sleep around 70 percent of their lives away. In comparison, humans sleep around 30 percent of the time

There was a cat that served as the mayor Talkeetna, Alaska from July of 1997 till he passed away in July of 2017. (20 years)

  • Stubbs was more of a tourist attraction than anything. Stubbs was flooded with cards and letters, and drawing 30 to 40 tourists each day who hoped to meet “the mayor”. Stubbs’s position was honorary, as the town is only a historic district.
  • In 1997, Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley’s General Store, found Stubbs in a box full of kittens in her parking lot. The owners were giving the kittens away, and Stec picked her kitten. She chose the name “Stubbs” because he did not have a tail.
  • Stubbs was elected after a write-in campaign by voters who opposed the human candidates, but National Public Radio pointed out that this could not have happened because “the tiny town has no real mayor, so there was no election.” The town went with it anyhow, and Stubbs served as Mayor of Talkeetna for 20 years.
  • Here he is, in all of his glory!  Stubbs served Talkeetna for 20 years.

A Cat with His Masters.

  • There’s a cat that has a master’s degree! His name is Colby Nolan, and his name was used in an investigation into bogus degree-granting practices at Trinity Southern University and several other universities in 2004.
  • There’s actually a whole Wikipedia page about animals with fraudulent degrees. Check that out here along with more about Colby Nolan.

We also gave away tickets to the “I Still Believe”, a documentary that is showing tomorrow night in Mansfield! Congratulations to Darcy from Mount Vernon who clicked here for more information!

Because it’s cat day, here are some pictures of the Afternoon Drive crews cats!!

Malisa’s kitty’s 

This is Scooby-Doo!

This is Comfort (Yes, like Comfort Inn)

 

Hannah’s felines 

This was Princess Snowflake (A.K.A Snow)

This is Uncle Sam (A.K.A)

This is Sully (A.K.A Sully)

Joe’s Mom’s fat Siamese – but she’s a beauty! Her name is Skippy!

Thanks so much for listening to the Afternoon Drive!

Hannah Radke