Saturday, November 19, 2016


Today it has been one whole year since my esteemed predecessor Tober the World and Internet-Famous Library Cat crossed over the Bridge.

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!
Seriously.  Picking up wastebaskets each morning should have been added to the custodian's job description.  AAB Photographer was all the time getting shots of Tober's 'tocks sticking out of a wastebasket!

In March 2011, Christine moved a file cabinet away from the wall and found, you guessed it:

Lookin' good for a 5-month-old!
And she did with it what any rational (cat) person would do.  She stuck it in her desk drawer.

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.

*sniff sniff* 
It smelled kind of weird.  I tried to bite it, but it has been returned to its (hidden) place of honor.

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.




Summer said...

My human remembers the pepper incidents! Tober was a really awesome library cat, with lots of extra talents that the Thornton library didn't even know they needed. I can't believe he has already been gone for a year.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Doesn't seem like a whole year since Tober had to leave. We loved reading his adventures.

And now we enjoy reading yours. Always remember to be kind and polite because you run the library and everyone should know it, but it's not nice to rub it in their face.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute to Tober. It's hard to believe he's been gone for a year. Even though we miss Tober, we're so glad that you came to live at the library to continue the important work Tober started.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Gabriel's Mom

da tabbies o trout towne said...

chance....dood....we can guarunteez ewe ....yur tribute two tober iz veree veree much apurreciated.....him sends hugs N lovez two all

ree portin two day frum heaven ~~~~~

dude & sauce ♥♥♥♥♥

John Bellen said...

I'm sorry I missed this bittersweet anniversary - bitter because of the loss, sweet because we remember what a wonderful cat Tober was. I recall the peppers, too. Tober was one interesting fellow, and will always be missed.

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Purrs in Tober's honor and for all who love him