Paddy’s World Tour is done! He’s back safely at FFRC! He left on 10/5/11 and returned on 5/7/12. Paddy (stuffed) represents our two Persian brothers, Paddy Cake & Paddy Purr. Along the way, he made friends with TC (Traveling Companion) and little Tigger. He brought both friends back to Ohio! Read about his travel stories! We are in the process of putting the travel pictures on our Flickr site–check that out too!
October 5, 2011 The beginning of the adventure!
Travel Paddy Box is almost ready to send to Sevren.
The Paddy is very excited about the trip!
The picture enclosed is of Stacey and me by our sign for Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center. Stacey is holding Paddy Purr and I’m holding Paddy Cakes.
Jacci of FFRC, Defiance, Ohio
October 16, 2011 (1)
Paddy arrived safely in London. Today we went to Buckingham Palace early in the morning. Paddy enjoyed his trip. On the way back the bus stopped outside Big Ben and he heard it chime. He was very honored by that.
We also went to see a local landmark called The Catford Cat that looks a bit like Octavia. Paddy was most impressed.
Paddy is now packing his bags for the next leg of his journey.
Sevren in London
October 27, 2011 (2)
I arrived safely on the 20th of October. Was tired and just rested, had a wee snooze, met Ollie & Oscar. Went to the seaside, wore my new raincoat just in case I got my fur wet, but I was fine. Was ever so windy and was a bit windswept. Enjoyed my walk along the seaside.
Went for a cuppa with friends. Went to a park and went to the butcher to see some famous Haggis. Went to Energy Park yesterday where wind turbine jackets are built but none were there.
Just been brushed and ready for my visit to Wales. Have some new Scottish words. Goodbye is cheerio.
November 2, 2011 (3)
I arrived in South Wales on 28th October after traveling overnight from Scotland, a journey of approximately 400 miles. I met my new guardians and their family of cats. There was Murphy who is 15 and grumpy and the three younger ones, Poppy, Ollie and Purdey who are full of mischief and fun.
After a couple of days just relaxing it was all systems go. I visited the local town of Abergavenny, the castle, the River Usk, the Sugar Loaf mountain and other historical attractions. I also enjoyed a traditional Sunday lunch where I met a new friend, a Welsh Dragon!
I have become quite a celebrity and lots of people want to hold me and have asked for my autograph. I am back on my travels again today. Hwyl fawr am nawr!
November 7, 2011 (4)
Arrived in Burnley in Lancashire, North West England on the 3rd. Weather was very changeable.
Met Willow (15) and Sponge (13) and slept in my very own cat bed. Lots of history in this town and some lovely scenery.
My hosts Kath and Malc took me to lots of great places. Now my box is almost packed and I’m ready for my next adventure.
“Paddy is an extremely well behaved guest.”
November 16, 2011 (5)
I arrived in North Wales on Wednesday 9th November, only 60 miles from Burnley but it took 2 days, Thursday & Friday. It rained all day so I didn’t get to go anywhere. My host was busy on Saturday so I had to wait until Monday for an outing.
I met my hosts’ cat Sooty who is 7 years old. She wasn’t very friendly though. I slept some Monday. I got to ride on a bus and saw the local library and shops. I’m back in my box and off on my next trip.
November 22, 2011 (6)
After another 250 miles I arrived tired and hungry but soon cheered up after watching Mum & family on the web. Shortly afterwards I went to Happy Valley for a walk around and in the distance saw two of London’s skyscrapers—the Shard and the Charkin.
Amba, Fizzy & Pixi (6 yrs.), Tess (7 yrs) were a bit aloof but polite. Watched the birds at the feeders and squirrels at the peanuts—busy garden.
Visited a tiny person, The Cage, an ancient Yewtree supposedly 4000 years old and an old Post Mill, driving down along lovely autumn colored trees lining the roads.
Unfortunately the day we went to Box Hill it was misty so no view to see but we went on to Carshalton and looked at the ponds there. Getting ready for my next stop.
November 24, 2011 (7)
Arrived back in Scotland—another 400 mile trip. Met Betsy who is very pretty and big. Had a lovely rest in a bean bag. On Saturday I went to New Lancok which is old! Saw some toys that children used to play with and people dressed in old style clothes. There were pictures of people working in cotton mills, children in school in 1820 and so many other things that I cannot remember but Nan took photos so you could all see what I saw.
November 26—On Sunday we went to Chatelheraudt which looked like a French chateau but was really the hunting lodge of the Duke of Hamilton and in the middle with what was once the main heavy industry area in Scotland. On the way home we stopped to speak to some Clydesdale horses which were bred originally in this area. They were very dirty as it has been very wet here and it was cold today. These horses were quite young and not fully grown but they were big. Back in my travel box for the next stage of my journey.
P.S. Forgot to say Nan took me with her to work and I got to meet Mrs. Claus. Had never heard of a Mrs. Claus but she was so nice to me and I sat in her lap. She asked what I would like Santa to bring me at Christmas but all I could think of was being home with everyone for Christmas. I’m having a great time but sometimes miss you all.
November 29, 2011 (8)
I arrived in Clackmannanshire today to stay with Marian.
November 30—Today we went to Carhmom Dan and Nature Preserve. Millie, the dog came with us along with Anne her mum. Mittie got very muddy as there had been lots of rain. I stayed clean, warm and dry, snuggled inside Marion’s jacket. I saw lots of sheep and cows. On the dam, there were swans, geese and ducks. Some horses came galloping across the field to say “hi”. It was a lovely walk. On the way back home, we went into Anne’s and I met her lovely black kittie called Mesha.
December 1—We went to Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell today. The castle is on a big hill so I was glad I wasn’t walking. We went down a steep path to the Burns of Sorrows. It was flowing very fast because of the rain. I was a wee bit scared so I hid in Marian’s big bag and just peeped out a bit when it didn’t seem so bad. I stayed with Anne’s mum Jean for the next two days as Marian was at work. Jean stays in a village called Coalsnaughton which I thought was a very funny name. Went to Stirling on the 2nd. Jean and Anne took me to a lovely park and I saw the Wallace Momument. The rain came back so we didn’t stay too long. I have had a lovely stay in central Scotland and am looking forward to my next stopover. Can’t wait to find out where I am going. Xxxx
December 8 (9)
I arrived in Portshine today to visit Mary for a very short visit. Weather wasn’t very good but we took a drive up to Dunbeld. The roads were a wash, so deep in places I nearly got my paw’s wet so I refused to get out of the car. I’d have been blown to the tops of the trees and how would I get to my next visit? We took some pictures at Dunkeld Bridge, then went on to the Visitor Center at Bankfoot and took some more pics. Then onto a friend at Mary’s and met Suzie the cat. She was lovely and made me very welcome. Now, back at Mary’s to see Tiddly and had some refreshments there. So now to brave this nasty weather again and be off to my next visit. So sorry it was such a short visit to Mary’s but it was nice. See you all soon.
December 12 (10)
Arrived in Ellon just to the north of Aberdash and the NE coast of Scotland. All the girls in the office thought I was so handsome. Tony in the workshop let me try my paw at fabrication—it was good fun. Interesting to see the diving equipment used in the oil industry.
Went home with Pat and met new buddies—old Sammy, Scaredy, Woopy, 3 leg Gizmo and ex feral “hard man”, Fat Boy. I shared my supper with Fat Boy and Woopy let me cuddle down with her. Due to the chaotic postal system in the lead up to Christmas, I stayed on with Pat. I met lots of visitors at Pat’s work place and had a look around Ellon and had photos taken showing our river Ythan, a good salmon river and other views showing what Ellon can offer. Lovely.
December 25—spent Christmas day with Pat & family. The turkey was lovely and the crackers and paper hats were fun.
Now I am off to South England and Southampton.
December 30 (11)
Arrived in Southampton after a 600 mile trip. I stayed in on Saturday and Sunday as it was raining but watched Momma Jacci at the New Years party and also saw her get her surprise present. Next day I was taken into Southampton and saw many landmarks—a May Flower memorial, a Titanic memorial, a Tudor House, the anchor from the QEII, the Old Westgate and Bargate and a statue of Isaac Watts. I also was taken to Gosport where I went on a ferry to go across the harbour to Portsmouth and went into the historic Dockyard where I saw HMS warrior and HMS Victory. There was also a statue of King Henry VIII and a pirate. I also saw the Spinnaker Tower at nearby Gunwharf Quay. I am now having a rest before going on to my next destination.
Peter & Jenny H
January 5, 2012 (12)
I arrived in London at 10 am. I want to see more of the sights! It’s sunny here! On Friday (1/6), we went to the park and I played in the children’s playground. In the evening we went to Trafalgar Square and then to a concert by candlelight.
On Saturday we went on a long coach trip to Norfolk and spent the day watching birds. It was very windy but I enjoyed looking at the birds on the beach.
I have been trying to make friends with Jill’s two cats. One of them picked me up and shook me when I arrived—I had to be rescued.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we had busy days sightseeing—we saw lots of very old buildings.
I’ve now had a shampoo and been brushed and am getting ready for my long journey back to USA.
Paddy & Jillr27
January 20 (13)
I arrived at Mamie’s office this afternoon. She showed me off to all her friends and then we went home. Sadly it’s very cold and rainy outside and it’s supposed to stay this way all week.
Mamie doesn’t have any kitties now but she has pictures on the walls of all the ones who used to live here. She still has some of their toys and a hairbrush that I got to use while I’m here. We watched mom on the cam tonight!
Jan. 28—It’s been snow and sleet and rain all week but today the sun came out! We went to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington this morning. It was really neat but I didn’t think they had any kitties. I didn’t see even one colonial-style litter box in the whole house (very sad). I met a group of Girl Scouts there and Mamie took our picture in front of the house.
We had lunch there and then we went into Washington DC to see the home of President Obama. These presidents sure do like big white houses! A really nice little girl held me and petted me and she wanted to take me home with her but I told her I had to go to my home in Ohio! While we were there we also stopped at the monument they built for George Washington. It got broken in an earthquake so we couldn’t go inside but it looked really big from the outside!
The last place we visited was the Kennedy Center. It’s a totally cool place that Mamie loves because she loves to go to the theatre and the ballet. We went up on the roof for a picture and it was really windy and cold.
We got to ride all over on the Metro Train and it was totally fun! Now on to my next stop. I wonder where it will be?
Paddy & Mamie
February 13 (14)
Paddy arrived in Highland Village, Texas in great condition. He spent the first day visiting a nearby equestrian center. The horses were very nice to him, and he enjoyed getting out in the nice countryside. You can’t visit Texas without wearing a cowboy hat, so of course we had one for Paddy!
For lunch he was treated to some delicious Texas beef Bar-B-Q and he really enjoyed getting to meet the friendly locals. After lunch we visited the oldest building in Highland Village—a church that was built in the 1840’s by the first pioneers in the area.
The next day Paddy visited the shops—a fancy shopping area with high end stores. Lunch was at a Tex-Mex restaurant called the Blue Goose Cantina. Paddy highly recommends the chicken quesadillias.
Paddy has found a new best friend—a 6 year old girl. She loved Paddy to bits and carried him everywhere and snuggled with him every night. He is a super-sweet kitty and will be missed by all of us.
The Myers Family—Roger, Susan, Elizabeth, Katie, Emily and Abbie
February 25 (15)
I arrived today in Little Rock, Arkansas for a visit in the Historic District. I will be staying in a house built in 1894. Three cats live here. After resting for a day or two, we will be off for a tour of the city. More later.
3/15—Leaving Little Rock today after a wonderful visit. I am so happy that I now have a lovely lady (TC for traveling companion) to accompany me!
Love to everyone—Paddy & TC
March 20 (16)
Cousins Island, Maine
TC and I have arrived in Maine—we are on an island! Our hostess, Phyl, set up a comfy chair so we could watch a sunset. It was lovely to relax and listen to a chorus of birds as the sun set over the water.
April 3—We are packing for our next destination—Nova Scotia. Breeze, who lives with Phyl, has told us to expect a great time with Liz and her kitties. Breeze was also a rescue cat—she has been on the island with Phyl for 11 years.
TC and I have had a great visit. We enjoyed visiting Freeport and LL Bean, hiking around the island and seeing the falls in Yarmouth. The adventure continues!
Phyl and Paddy & TC
April 24 (17)
Paddy & TC arrived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Spent the afternoon in Liz’s office then home with her to meet her 3 kitties. On April 25, Paddy and TC went on their own to a local rescue when they fell in love with a silver tabby named Tigger. They are now “The Paddy Family”. The family went to Halifx Harbour on a very cold and windy day and spent another day in Liz’s garden with the 3 resident cats. Now they are off in their box again destined for Jacci & FFRC. God speed the Paddy Family
Liz & cats Lenny, Emma & Squiggy