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Cool Cat in Rome

By jim Published: February 28, 2009

My wife and I escaped the Akron winter for a trip to Rome in February.

As we walked through the Piazza del Popolo from our hotel to the Pantheon, my wife spotted a gentleman walking his cat on a leash. I was able to get the camera going in time to capture him walking the cat. He then proceeded to drop the leash, leave the cat alone and walk back to the fountain. He watched the cat for a few seconds and then proceeded to sit down and read a book to allow the cat to enjoy the sunshine.


After filming and photographing the cat for a while I tried to talk to the owner. He didn't speak English and I don't speak Italian, but I was able to find out the cat was 2-years-old. I didn't think to ask the cat's name.

I have no idea how long they stayed, we left after about 10 minutes of watching the crowds react to seeing the cat. Some people went up and petted the cat, which I also did before I left. He was not timid at all and merely seemed to tolerate my intrusion. He was too cool to care about my need for his affection. One girl tried to introduce her small dog to the cat, which did not go well. A hiss and swipe solved that meeting, with the dog coming out the loser.



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