Kevin Charles

Churchill’s ‘Down’ With Orange Tabbies

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Jock the cat

(Credit: Grant Falvey/London News Picture)

Ginger cat lovers, rejoice!   There is a new kitten at the Winston Churchill estate outside London.   The orange-colored cat is there to comply with the late British leader’s request that there always be a cat of that color living at Chartwell, his country home.  Churchill also indicated that the cat should have a white bib, four white socks and be called “Jock.”
The unusual request stems from the affection Churchill felt for a kitten given to him on his 88th birthday by Jock Colville, one of his secretaries.  The 7-month-old kitten was formerly known as Malley, but has been renamed Jock VI.  The stray cat was taken into the care of an animal welfare group before it was adopted by Chartwell officials.
Trust officials say he takes afternoon naps, eats tuna and lounges on Persian rugs at Chartwell, which has a green cat-flap approved by an historic buildings inspector.
The Churchill home and gardens are popular with tourists and located in the Kent countryside about 25 miles south of London.  Hog Heaven for Jock.

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