Cats

New Mayor in Town

In an arctic terrain the polar bear is considered the top of the food chain. The lion is considered the king of the jungle. When it comes to areas where there are a lot of people, animals take a back seat. There is no place for any of these creatures to hold power in a bustling human environment. Cats seem to thrive in places where humans live because they are more than willing to domesticate themselves. They can fit in well, but can they show the leadership to rule the roost?

Stubbs the cat must be a born leader because he has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.
Every afternoon Stubbs leaves his mayor’s office at the general store and heads to the local restaurant to enjoy his catnip laden wineglass filled with water. The town of Talkeetna, Alaska is a tiny town and since its inception, has gone without a mayor. So in 1997 they made Stubbs an honorary mayor. He has held this position since the owner found a box of kittens left at the door. They were all given to new owners, except one.

Lauri Stec, the manager of the general store took a liking to the cat without a tail, and kept him for her own. Being the honorary mayor has not been without its hazards. I’m sure the dogs in town took exception to having a cat mayor, because in 2013 Stubbs had a run-in with a dog that put Stubbs in a veterinary hospital for nine days. There was also an attempted assassination from a teenager with a bb gun but Stubbs survived that also.

Running a town would be hard enough, but running a town as a cat has to be even more difficult. The domesticated housecat might be one of the smallest cats in the feline family, but to Stubbs the cat, he is still king of the jungle.

Wsj.com October 15, 2013 by Jim Carlton

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