The cat came back
Intrepid Sophie takes up a tradeMATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
A feckless feline had an unexpected 24-hour tour of South Canterbury after jumping into the back of a plumber's ute on Monday.
South Canterbury plumber Brad Jones discovered the cat in the back of his ute this morning.
''I was surprised. I usually keep [the ute] pretty secure,'' he said. ''I was worried at first, I did about five jobs yesterday, so I thought it could have been from any one of them."
"The tailgate of the ute must have been down, and the cat jumped in.''
After completing his second job for the day, and sixth job over the last 24 hours, Mr Jones dropped the cat off to the Pleasant Point veterinarian.
However, almost as soon as he did this, he received a call from Poplars Catering in Pleasant Point.
It turns out the cat, called Sophie, belongs to the owner of Poplars.
"I did that job about 11.30am yesterday, then went into town for another job, and returned [to Poplars] about 1.30pm," Mr Jones said. "So it would have been with me at least 24 hours."
"She joined me on a few plumbing jobs.''
In the course of her brief turn as a plumber's apprentice, Sophie the cat visited Timaru, Pleasant Point and Geraldine.
Poplars general manager Adam Dufty was pleased the two-year-old Sophie had been found.
"We didn't send out a search party last night, we were confident she would return. She's a free-roaming cat who likes people, and fancies herself a bit of a hunter."
Sophie had a history of making new friends in cars, but this was the first time she had actually gone on a journey with one of them, he said.
Fortunately, Mr Jones said, she was not too fussed about the ordeal.
''She didn't even make any messes in the truck. I'm just glad we have identified her owner.''
Mr Dufty was not planning to keep Sophie under lock and key tonight.
"She goes where she goes. She knows when to come back."
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