But he's still around.
My coworkers have files full of mementos from his years of Librarycatdomhood. Christmas cards, signs, old collars (that he absolutely refused to wear, even if they were hand-made or special-ordered and had the Dewey number for "cat" on them), letters and artwork from fans and friends. One of the mementos you see in the photo above is the orange-and-green Forever Pepper that was crafted for Tober to help him with the loss of his real Pepper that he loved so much. You can read about his Pepper here and here.
Well, the real Pepper's story didn't actually end in OcTOBER 2010. See, then-AAB Christine did (reluctantly) throw it away after she decided it was too yucky to be used as a Feline Training Device. So she tossed it in the wastebasket under her desk.
As you know, in addition to being handsome, intelligent, and mancatly, Tober was a World-Class Wastebasket Tipper.
|Tober, caught in the act!|
In March 2011, Christine moved a file cabinet away from the wall and found, you guessed it:
|Lookin' good for a 5-month-old!|
I'll spare you the details of how it moved from drawer to drawer, and eventually into another office, where it found its way to the bookcase where Tober's Forever Pepper now resides. Real Pepper has been there for a year, tucked away behind Forever Pepper, an homage to Tober's War on Produce and love of wastebasket-tipping. Sometime last month it would have celebrated its 6th birthday, if Peppers were celebrated like that.
So, today, in memory and celebration of Tober, Library Cat Extraordinaire, I spent a few minutes admiring his Pepper.
Remember Tober today by following the linkies in this post. He had lots of fun being Library Cat, and lots of love, and he made lots of memories with his friends. Wherever the Bridge is, I hope it has a good supply of wastebaskets, Post-It notes, and Temptations cat treats.