Is Stubbs on his ninth life?
During his 17 year reign Stubbs has been shot by a BB gun, fallen into a vat of (thankfully cold) fryer oil, taken a ride on and jumped off a moving garbage truck, and been mauled by a neighborhood dog. The canine attack in August of 2013 left Stubbs with 12 stitches, a punctured lung and a fractured sternum. The cat spent 9 days in the veterinary hospital but made a full recovery, and was inundated with get-well cards and supportive posts on Facebook from his fans worldwide.
In April of 1997 Lauri Stec, the manager of Nagley’s General Store, found Stubbs as a stray kitten in the store parking lot. He promptly became the store cat and shortly after the Manx mix was named honorary mayor of Talkeetna, an unincorporated burg with 876 human residents.
His daily routine
Stubbs frequently strolls over to the West Rib Pub & Grill, adjoining Nagley’s, where he sips water spiked with catnip out of a wine glass painted with his name. He also makes rounds to the Mostly Moose Gift Shop and various restaurants where he enjoys bits of salmon and king crab. As the star of his small town, he attracts as many as 30-40 tourists daily.
While most residents give Stubbs their stamp of approval, not everyone is convinced. "My wife hates cats and gets totally creeped out eating at the pub with Stubbs," says Peter Mathiesen, an outdoors writer and Talkeetna resident.
I’m sure most cats believe they should be mayor of something. My cat definitely thinks she is the ruler of our house.