Nitama the Cat Replaces is New Station Master at Kishi Station

Nitama a.k.a. Tama II is Tama’s new successor.  Tama, who presided over Japan’s Kishi station for eight years, passed away at the age of 16 this past June. Tama was credited for saving the Wakayama Electric Company from financial ruin. After a period of mourning, the time had come for the railway’s president Mitsunobu Kojima to announce her successor.

Nitama learned from Tama and was the receptionist with the Okayama Electric Tramway and filled in for Tama at Kishi Station.  A calico, just like Tama, graduated from the “Training school for Cat Stationmaster.”  According to Kojima,  “the main requirements for the role are the ability to “feel comfortable with people at the workplace” and a willingness to wear a hat.”

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Photo: Simon Wong Twitter

We think Tama looks cute in the hat! Welcome to Tama!

 

Inspector Dewey Book by Kristen Heimerl

We love Inspector Dewey at CFA!  Be sure to put Inspector Dewey on your reading list and make a point to give a copy to one of your favorite kids!  Kids read about cats! Inspector Dewey is based on a true story.  When an unexpected intruder stumbled into her life two years ago, author Kristen Heimerl turned the unusual event into an irresistible story idea! And, irresistible it sure is!

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Easy to read and engaging as you turn every page, Inspector Dewey talks about how he and his pet parent foiled the attempts of an intruder and saved the day!

Great for kids of all ages! Inspector Dewey will be available for Fall 2015 on line and at selected retailers.  The book is 32 pages with full color illustrations. Pre order your copy today!   $19.99.

 

Take this Survey and Tell Tufts University Researches What Foods You Feed Your Cat

Researchers at Tufts University are looking for volunteers to complete a brief, 15 minute survey about feeding practices for dogs and cats. This survey will ask questions about your pet, what food you purchase for your pet, how you feed your pet, and your relationship with your pet.

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You may be eligible to participate if you over the age of 18 and currently own a dog or cat.  If you are interested in participating, please click here.  Your responses to survey question will be kept confidential.