||probably somewhere in South London
Blue Cross refuge?
under the lilac bush
At some time in his early
life, Badger entered a Blue Cross refuge, from where he was
adopted by a friend of Wendy's as company for her existing cat.
Unfortunately they did not get on, and Badger went to live with
Wendy at her maisonette near Tooting. But Wendy didn't spend much
time at home, so when the McKechnies said they were thinking of
employing a cat, Badger was offered the post.
In September 1988 Badger
was adopted by the McKechnie family. As well as (very) occasional
mousing, Badger's main occupation was to look after the
mental well-being of the family, soothing them, rubbing against
them, and curling up on their laps to make them feel wanted. This
he achieved with great skill throughout his career. He also excelled in child-management both inside and outside the
family, joining in the most demeaning of anthropomorphism with
resignation and even occasional signs of enthusiasm, and never
allowing his self-preservation instincts to prevail.
Badger had many
friendships during his life, including participating in feline
singing with Lion-cub and other neighbourhood cats. His long hot-and-cold
relationship with Martini sadly ended with her departure, and latterly she
was rarely seen in his territory. He regularly met with
members of the local fox and dog communities, who regarded him with
a great deal of respect.
|Badger in late 2001, aged
about 15 years.
||In typical garden pose,
Badger died peacefully on
9th February 2004 after a short illness, and was buried under the
lilac bush. He is fondly remembered and sadly missed.
updated 21 October 2007