My friend and super rodent eliminator George has passed away. He was about 16 and used all 9 of his lives, but they were good lives. He was a friendly cat but not normally a lap cat although he would sometimes climb into my lap for a few minutes when I was sitting outside reading a book. Sometimes when I walked in the back of the property by the blackberry bramble he would walk with me, as if he was helping to patrol the perimeter. George was also unusual in that he would come when he was called, and he liked to ride in cars - things most cats would not do. He also was photogenic and would strike a pose when I came up to him with the camera.
I'm sure the local rodents are breathing a sigh of relief today. George ran up an impressive rodent body count, and that was only the ones we knew about! Probably two or three times more if we only knew. George wasn't my cat, he was my landlord's cat but we all loved him. His replacement has big paws to fill.