Friday, December 12, 2014

Breaking News: Cretan Cat Steals Santa's Hat


In the early morning hours of Friday, December 12th, a Cretan cat, known as P.R., was seen wearing a velvety red hat, with a white, furry trim and pom pom, (in addition to a very suspicious look on his face). The hat in question, is believed to belong to Santa Claus. Some witnesses also recall seeing a set of keys near the capped creature,


but this observation could not be confirmed. Interestingly, they all agreed that the suspect showed no sign of trying to flee the scene. On the contrary, it soon became apparent that


the cat actually seemed to be enjoying the presence of the onlookers, none of whom could believe their eyes, when the feisty feline actually began to model the signature hat. One passerby exclaimed, 'He was strutting his stuff on that stone runway with no remorse whatsoever!'. Only when police sirens could be heard in the distance, did the suspect stumble for a second on the catwalk, before quickly managing to dive into his getaway vehicle, standing by behind a hedge of bushes,


and later found abandoned, a few miles from the scene of the crime, behind a stack of firewood. It is believed that the suspect is now driving a candy cane red 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible,


after its owner, realizing his keys had disappeared during the frenzy at the fashion show, contacted the authorities. The photo above was taken by hidden surveillance cameras just minutes before the suspect made a pit stop for a strawberry milkshake at a favourite fast food outlet. He can be seen smugly flaunting the cap on his tail, in complete daylight, impervious to the shocking reactions of those around him. Anyone having information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at:
1-555-FIND-CAT


Undoubtedly, this behaviour baffles the mind! What could cause a cat to snatch Santa's hat? The motive, itself, is a mystery, but several whiskered witnesses stated that P.R. has a penchant for, (if not a preoccupation with), hats, and not just any old hats, but those belonging to famous folks. In fact, just this fall, P.R. was seen, on many occasions, sporting a cap that was remarkably reminiscent of one that the great detective, Sherlock Holmes is known to don during his own investigations.

PR, impersonating the great Sherlock Holmes, on the same stone runway, September, 29th, 2014.

Coincidentally, at around that same time, a newspaper article reported that a trademark, plaid cap, part of a rare collection that belonged to Detective Holmes, on exhibit at a local museum, had gone missing. Due to his reputation as a 'cat of many hats', P.R. was a prime suspect, but after a lengthy investigation, all charges against him were dropped, for lack of incriminating evidence. The question now is: will Santa follow suit, or, being the jolly old elf that he is, simply consider it an early Christmas gift, albeit, for a kitty that was very naughty and not so nice?!

Thanks for visiting and
happy weekend!
xo
Poppy

80 comments:

  1. Poppy, you are too clever!! I got a big chuckle out of this. What a very adventuresome cat; love the taste in cars and milkshakes too.
    I'll have to share this with the cat-lovers in my family! They'll love it.

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    1. Hi Deborah,

      Thank you! Someone had to spill the beans, and PR has overstepped his bounds this time! Santa may have a heart of gold, but this mommy is not so forgiving!;)

      xx

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  2. I LOVE IT!
    LOLOL. i think prince richard is truly on the side of the law. he's really sherlock...
    only impersonating santa. no doubt he's on an important case!
    little does he know he could ... make that ... SHOULD be turned into a children's book!!! XOXO♥

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    1. Tam!

      Thanks for your amazing comment! You've managed to make PR a saint...again! Only you, such a sweet and sensitive animal lover, could give this flashy feline the benefit of the doubt!

      BIG hugs,
      xoxo

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  3. I want the candy apple red Bel Air!

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    1. Oh, Carol, you, too? Well, if you find P.R. before the authorities do, I'm sure you can talk him into being his sidekick!;))

      xx

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  4. was für eine süße geschichte!!! ich liebe die bilder!!! ich mußte sehr lachen!!! alles liebe von angie und einen schönen freitag

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    1. Thank you, Angie! He IS a funny feline - that's for sure!

      xx

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  5. Is he yours? So cute and what a clever story - you should definitely think about writing children's books Poppy.

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    1. Thank you, Marianne! Yes, P.R. is ours. He wandered on to our property a couple of years ago, with his mother, Hermione. She moved on, while her son settled in with us. My daughter, Liberty, (who named them both), is the love of his life, and I can't wait to see the look in his eyes upon her arrival home for Christmas, having been away for two years, working in Toronto!

      xx

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    2. How wonderful that your daughter is coming back for Christmas, Poppy! That will be your best Christmas present. Your cat is a wonderful addition to the family - I do love a ginger Tom, and I also love your daughter's name - one of my favourite girl's names. Have a brilliant Christmas and get that book out there!

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  6. I absolutely adore your cat and he made a great steal because he looks fabulous in his new hat. And he looked pretty good driving that red car too.

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    1. Stacy, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Your Sweet Pea and P.R. would make the cutest couple! And I can just hear P.R. meowing her into being his sidekick, and before you know it, we've got the Bonnie and Clyde of Cats!

      xx

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  7. A strawberry milkshake will do you in every time! Poppy, that Cretan Cat out charms Grumpy Cat for sure. And he ended up with a movie contract. Soon PR's head won't fit in that Santa hat as he is going to have such a swelled head from all of Poppy's groupies following along begging for an autograph.

    Now put PR on Utube and watch him go viral. We really need to see this cat in bookstore windows next Christmas, Poppy!

    Utterly beguiling, Poppy!

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    1. Oh, my dear Dewena, this cat is already so conceited that any spark of a spotlight on him, would surely blind the rest of us and he wouldn't bat an eyelash - he can never have TOO much attention, whatever form it comes in! Thank you for your belief in a book, sounds exciting...and a little scary!

      BIG hugs,
      xoxo

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  8. That's the cutest suspect ever, Poppy! If Prince Richard gets arrested, I'll bake him a yummy tuna cake with a file in it ;).

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    1. Julia, you do realize that such a gesture would make you an accomplice, and the mere thought of P.R. as a feline fugitive makes me want to lock MYSELF away!;))

      xx

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  9. Oh I love the pictures of your cat with the Christmas hat! So cute!
    Have a happy weekend, take care...
    Warmly,
    Titti

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    1. Thank you, Titti. He loves himself in it, too!

      xx

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  10. Ohhhh Poppy ... your cat looks adorable!!!! What a cute Santa Claus! Kisses :)

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    1. He is, cute, I gotta give him that!

      xx

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  11. Oh Poppy this is fantastic!!!!!!!! I laughed so much and just loved reading this, wonderful pictures too!! Thank you for such a lovely post!! xx I love your new header too! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy, how sweet you are!

      xx

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    1. He is, and so many...ahem...other things, too!;))

      xx

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  13. Oh Poppy, what a cute story.. And I loved the images of your dear PR.. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, my dear Kitty loves images of himself, too!;)

      Poppy
      xx

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  14. I loved this story so much, and I do hope the criminal is caught soon. I think I saw the cat with the plaid cap walking down our block...gosh he is good escaping the scene of the crime! Every tine I see P.R. I think of my beloved "Porker" who I miss very much.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. No sign of the feline...yet. Your 'Porker' sounds like a sweetie.:))

      xx

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  15. This is not your ordinary house cat! I would use extreme caution if you see this cat in your neighbourhood again. I must say he is one cool kitty driving the Chevy. This cat of distinction sure knows what he likes and how to get it ;) Wendy x

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    1. He does look pretty cool cruisin' in that convertible, the wind in his fur!;)

      xx

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  16. Ha ha ha!!!!!! What a clever story!!! You write so well, dear Poppy!!!!!
    I wish you a nice weekend!

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  17. Oh Poppy, I loved the story - he is a very special cat and looks so well with his Santa hat. Hope you are having a jolly, holly Holiday.
    Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I am very slowly decorating the great room, and little touches around the house. But, it's been a very busy weekend, as my students were taking their ESL Oral exams, and I needed to be there for them. Their smiles were worth it!

      Happy weekend to you, my friend!

      xx

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  18. A Santa and a detective hat befits this beguiling feline, as one represents his intuitive nature while the other his dry sense of humor. One thing I wonder...will he succumb to peer pressure as he grows older and begin a 'Red Hat Society' for felines? Will he turn Poppy's View into a parade of proud puddy cats, one trying to out shine the other? I can only begin to imagine the nature of your posts then, and can hardly wait!

    And I dare say..P.R. has excellent taste in vehicles, but maybe not in milkshakes ;).

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    1. Doreen, I now formally declare you Poppy View's own Animal Analyst, henceforth to be referred to as, 'Doc Doreen', when summoned for your analytical talents with regards to any perplexing personality diagnoses of the critter kind!

      xx

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  19. Oh Poppy, you are an amazing story teller! I found this post to be absolutely charming and witty :) Thank you, my sweet friend, for the smiles and laughter - you are a blessing!

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Grateful for your smile, and glad for the giggles!

      xx

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  20. That cat looks just like our cat "Louie" Louie has 6 inch whiskers! It looks like this cat does too!

    It is uncanny all these coincidences!

    Penelope

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    1. I agree, Penelope, truly unreal, starting with the way we 'met'!

      xx

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    1. I gather Kanga hasn't seen her old amour, either, has she?

      xx

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  22. Φιλενάδα είσαι μοναδική!!!!Δε μπορούσα ποτέ να φανταστω τον όμορφο γάτο σου πρωταγωνιστή μιας τόσο έξυπνης ιστορίας!!!!!!! Όταν όμως έχεις μια τόσο εύστροφη κυρά τι περιμένεις!!!!Με το καλό να δεχτείς την Ελευθερία σου ,ξέρω με πόση αγωνία την περιμένεις και πόσο θα χαρει ο P.R επίσης!!!!

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    1. Thank you, girlfriend! Your BooBoo must be in the midst of her own adventures, I'm sure!

      Yes, we are anxiously awaiting Liberty's arrival. Praying for a safe journey. Talk soon!

      xx

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  23. Poppy, you are so funny! I love this little story. Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Pam

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  24. Great imagination! My spouse was putting up Christmas lights and he dropped one of those clips into the bushes. Well later, at kitty dinner time, our cat Blackie found it and brought it to the door and dropped it in front of him. Cats are special. xoxo

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    1. Hmm. Do you think Blackie might be able to track down P.R.? Spotting that red capped critter should be a piece of cake compared to that pin, and in the bushes, to boot!

      xoxo

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  25. Welcome Popy.
    Very cool and funny post :) Sweet and funnycat. Super pictures.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Anna! Happy weekend to you, too!

      xx

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  26. What a cute story and wonderful photos! You really should write a children's book! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks, Debby. But, in order to write that children's book, I'd need to have plenty of material, and judging from P.R.'s latest escapade, I don't know if I'm cut out for this cat's frantic antics!

      xx

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  27. This is so much fun, Poppy. I think that you and PR had the most wonderful time with this post!

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    1. When it was still all in my head, and didn't take its toll on my heart, yes, I can say, it was fun!

      xx

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  28. This post is absolutely hysterical, Poppy! I was sitting here laughing out loud. Had my husband read it, too.

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    1. Glad you had a chuckle, Melanie. Out of curiosity, did your kitties condone the behaviour of their fellow feline or did they condemn it?! ;))

      xx

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  29. I agree with the others...I think you have yourself a fabulous new children's book star!! Think about all the different types of hats there are out there in the world....one new adventure per hat, each one in a new book!! As a former primary teacher, I say that you'd be a hit!! :)

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    1. Kim, you may be a former primary teacher, but you definitely got the gift of the gab and would make an excellent agent!! P.R. wouldn't need any convincing, of course, (being such an OVER confidant cat), but yours truly is another 'story'! Thanks for the pep talk, my friend!

      xx

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  30. Oh, Poppy. You made my day. That is wonderful and P.R. is such a handsome guy. He wears all his hats well..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  31. Poppy, Your PR post is the best ever. The cleverness of your writing seems to have inspired equally clever comments from your readers. It is almost as much fun to read the comments as it is to read your marvelous (and well photographed) story. PR is a treasure for sure and the way you capture his images and write about him brings a smile to my face. Have a wonderful week..... Candy

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    1. Thank you, my friend! Admiring P.R. from afar, is sweet (and safe). Can you imagine this curious cat at one of your beautiful tablescapes? I can just see him mistaking one of your pretty plates for a hat! Ouch!

      xx

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  32. Hello Poppy,
    You have me transported to that sunny Isle of the stone wall, keys and brave young cat. We are visiting our friends today, in Toronto, and I plan on sharing this story with Olivia who is 5 yrs. old.
    I already know she will love this as much as I have
    Happy Christmas from snowy To

    Helenxx

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    1. Hi Helen,

      Your visit to my Toronto has warmed my homesick heart. Thank goodness, my daughter is flying in for Christmas, this year, and we are overjoyed! I hope little Olivia will have a giggle over P.R.'s little pranks!

      Happy Christmas for sunny Crete, my friend!

      xx

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  33. Poppy, such a day brighteners is this wonderful cat-tale! It is Sunday afternoon and perhaps, just perhaps by tomorrow afternoon at this time I will be busy decorating that stone house on the hill for Christmas. (Closing is set for noon). I am so nervous it feels like Christmas Eve and I am awaiting Santa's arrival. Hugs to you!! Xoxo Jackie

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    1. YAY!!!!!!!!

      So happy for you, my friend!!!

      Enjoy your special, stone built gift; I'm sure this was a Christmas collaboration between Santa and the gods!

      Awaiting details (read: PICS!), when you have some time, that is, after you've departed from CLOUD 9, and have safely landed on Greek soil!

      Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

      xoxo

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  34. Oh my! I've had some elves and pixies being mischievious but this is WAY too much fun! I hope he has some continuing adventures! Happy holidays, Diane

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    1. Diane, I'm certain your elves and pixies are angels, compared to this cap capturing cat!

      xx

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  35. What a fun post! It definitely put a smile on my face. LOVE it! Merry Christmas!

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  36. Hello Poppy, I loved this PR the Santa wanna be post.. Thank you so much for linking up with my critter party.. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  37. Dear Poppy,
    What a story teller you are, and seriously has P.R. given warm milk or catnip to the local authorities as a way to have the charges dropped? I do believe you have brought to the surface more questions than answers and I, like so many of your readers are looking forward to more tales of the adventures of this very interesting cat!

    On another note, I am so thankful and happy for you that Liberty will be home for Christmas, I know your heart is full of joy, anticipation, excitement and gratitude that your Christmas will be complete with your lovely daughter beside you!
    Love,
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, sweet Jemma, for all your warm wishes; Liberty is due here this Sunday, and we are anxiously awaiting her arrival, as is P.R., who JUST might return to the scene of the crime knowing that Liberty, (the love of his life!), will be there!;))

      Love,
      Poppy

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  38. Oh my goodness Poppy, you made my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard ;) you are just too wonderful. Your kit-cat sure looks adorable donned with those edit additions and soon you shall see my crew looking a bit like Santa's elves as well. I always look so forward to seeing what your brilliant mind has been creating for us and so happy I did not miss this charming share. Happy Week my friend~

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  39. Oh I just saw the comment before my own closed that your daughter will be with you for Christmas...what a celebration that will be. I am so over the moon happy to have read that. Cannot wait to see your Christmas shares~

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  40. Or is it just that Santa needed help to lighten the mood of everybody in this short days and long nights? The cat and you did a great job at that!

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  41. I can't believe that Prince Richard would steal Santa's hat, he's far too 'princely', he must have just been bringing some Christmas cheer. I can definitely see him as Sherlock though, it suits him !
    Lovely fun post Poppy, and I love the seasonal header.

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  42. Poppy, I doubt you'll be able to hold back P.R. from international stardom. He was made to play the leading role in a work of fiction (or is it really fiction? Hmmm.) and I agree with previous comments that you should author his story. You have a God-given talent. xxx ~ Nancy

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  43. Hahhaa!! I had fun reading this. P.R. has no idea how famous he is now :) I won't be surprised with the kids in the neighborhood start looking for Santa CAT instead of Santa Clause :D

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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