A friend reminded me that Saturday marked a year since Joey the Garden Cat passed away. For those who don’t know, Joey was a semi-feral cat who pretty much ran THV, Channel 11, in Little Rock.
In 2007, he became friends with his predecessor, Larry, before anyone at the station ever saw him, and he soon was a regular visitor to the Weather Garden, playing and napping with his buddy.
When Larry died later that year after being struck by a car, Joey stuck around. While Larry didn’t like coming inside much, Joey loved it, and would often traipse through the studio during broadcasts.
Joey definitely loved the ladies, but had a special place in his heart for Meteorologist Tom Brannon. He had him pretty well-trained to give him treats and cuddles whenever he wanted … and he liked supervising Tom’s work (sorta sounds like Luke!). Joey, having survived bone cancer, suddenly became ill last August, and died of what was later determined to be FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). In his memory, Friends of the Animal Village took over the campaign to build Joey’s Playroom. Want to donate? Go here.
In Joey’s honor, a few more furry newsroom friends. I’m gonna go hug my boy. I’d love to take him to work, but I’d never get anything done.