OLYMPIA, WASH. — He’s not quite a guard dog, but some are calling him the “cat’s meow” of home security.
Strider’s constant lounging, trips to the food bowl and overall apathy have earned the cat a reputation.
“Well, he’s fat and he’s lazy,” said owner Barb Gansberg. “He’s kind of a pain in the rump.”
“He’ll just stare at you and meow,” added her husband, Kerry Gansberg.
In fairness, the Gansbergs gifted Strider to their girls 10 years ago.
Now, these disinterested parents have laid out ground rules for the cat, including no wandering into the bedroom.
But, as Barb Gansberg was alone Tuesday morning, getting ready for work, Strider strolled into the forbidden zone.
“He sneaks into my bedroom,” she said. “He’s looking at me and I thought, ‘what the heck is wrong with you?’ and he sat right here [outside the door, in the hallway].”
The timid seat was a signal. She ran out and found two burglars inside the house, her purse in hand.
“So I just yelled, ‘hey’ and off they went,” said Barb Gansberg.
The intruders made it just one block, before police caught them.
The fat cat has now earned some street cred in his living room.
“Yeah, he may have saved the day,” she added. “I didn’t know the cat had it in him.”
He earned some real tuna too.
“He’s a hero for the time being,” said Kerry Gansberg. “But all good things must come to an end, unfortunately.”
Plus, there’s another theory to that whole hero thing, maybe Strider was just being a scaredy-cat.