Manx cats have a history of never being boring

By R. K. Hamner
Special Correspondent

That Piney Woods Rooter deciding to retire is typical of his breed it bein Fall and all and them acorns a fallin in the woods. Them of us who knows hog history figures he will be back on th front page of the Piney Woods Journal come Spring.

Them as know hog history remember how them hogs was let outen their pens soon as their owners got tired of feedin em slop durin the Spring and Summer. It happened about the same time as squirrel huntin season and their owners had to hunt em up again come Spring.

Me bein a Manx Cat, one descended from an ancient breed that originated on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, I growed up knowing lots of history and I'm sure glad I wasn't born a hog. Our breed never has to eat slop or acorns for that matter and we surely don't nose around a rootin in dirt and mud.

Our history says that the Manx cat was the working cat on the Isle of Man and, as such, has a strong constitution, great intelligence, and a personality that is active yet not hyperactive. The Manx were one of the original show cats. They were represented in the first cat shows held in Great Britain. Their ancient legacy continues.

The Manx are very playful and intelligent cats who are devoted to their families. They have extremely powerful hindquarters which allow them to jump to great heights and run with rapid acceleration and quick turns. We are often said to be dog-like' both in their loyalty to their families and their love of interactive play. We have a great sense of humor and like to play practical jokes on our families. We get along wonderfully with children and other family pets and have been known to protect our families from real or supposed danger. If given the chance, we are great hunters and a house with a manx will never have to worry about rodents. A house with a Manx will never be boring.

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