Fearless kitty takes to canoe

GONE FOR A PADDLE: Hauraki resident Michael Raynes takes his cat Cassie canoeing in Shoal Bay
LISA HONEYBONE
GONE FOR A PADDLE: Hauraki resident Michael Raynes takes his cat Cassie canoeing in Shoal Bay

Cats are meant to be scared of water but that doesn't stop a fearless kitty from taking a paddle in its owner's canoe.

Hauraki resident Michael Raynes and his cat Cassie canoe daily around Shoal Bay together.

He has access to the water from the back of his section.

Cassie usually climbs the overhanging tree at the bottom of the garden to jump into the kayak.

"She's fearless," he says.

Mr Raynes adopted Cassie, who is part Burmese, from the SPCA last year and she's made herself right at home.

She has always been fascinated with water, drinking out of the taps, getting into the shower and playing with little waves on the foreshore landing, he says.

Back in November Mr Raynes was sitting in the canoe when Cassie came to the edge of the landing and jumped in.

"That day I just sat there as I didn't want to frighten her," he says.

The next day at high tide Cassie jumped in again and off they paddled.

She quickly started walking out to the bow where she watches birds and logs in the water.

They now paddle almost every high tide, morning or night, depending on the weather for around half an hour.

She shows off to the people on shore who come to watch her, he says.

"She loves the attention."

Mr Raynes says she's got quite a few quirks.

She loves routine and every night before bed she races around on the roof.

If the bathroom door gets left open she will shred up the toilet paper "like a snow storm," he says.

Mr Raynes says Cassie is quite a character and a great companion.

North Shore Times