An Adventure Gone Bad: A Story about a Cat

This is a story about Bootsy, little T’s two-year-old cat who sometimes thinks she’s a dog.

Last bank holiday Monday, we went on a little hiking adventure down in Valency valley, near where we live.  Bootsy was lounging lazily by the parking-lot near our house, when she saw us walk out the door.  It didn’t really come as a surprise when she decided to follow us.  She probably thought, “There goes my little human, she goes – therefore, I follow”.

 At first, we all thought she was just going to follow for a while and then get bored, and head for a different direction.

 So off we trotted from our house, then she crossed the main road and I thought she was going somewhere else.

 But then she crossed it and decided to  re-join us once again.

Cotton Bottom (T’s doll), decided to ask for a lift from Little T’s Dad.  He put her safely in his backpack.

Following the leader, the leader, the leader ….

“You don’t need to follow us Bootsy”  I said to her as I passed her perched on the wooden gate.

“But I do want to follow”  She said.  At this point though, as we were crossing the fields, I was worried that if she follows us any further, she might not find her way home and tried to shoo her away.

Did she listen?  Of course not.  She is after all little T’s cat, as stubborn as her human.

So she kept following, even if Doc was up on her trail.  She just kept moving.

Baa!  Baa! Baa! Baa!

 “Look at that cat following the people.  Does she think she’s a dog?”  Says the sheep.

Our strange procession of two adults, one little girl, a numpty dog and a stubborn cat were headed for Minster, a church which was built during the Norman times and is located in St. Peter’s Woods.

Are we there yet?

“Almost there” Little T said to Bootsy the cat.

Once we reached the gate, little Bootsy wasn’t so sure if she wanted to go in.

But she did.

There wasn’t any turning back now.  She had to come with us, otherwise, she’d get lost and won’t be able to find her way home.

A few steps inside St. Peter’s woods.  We met the first family of dog walkers.  The cat scampered away.  But thankfully, restored her place in our little procession.

Down, down, down till we reached the Valency river.

Little T and her dad played Pooh sticks on the bridge.

The cat wasn’t impressed and got bored with the game.

And there she is watching T’s dad give Doc a bath in the river.

Which he hated, but little T’s dad had to try to get off the cow dung that clung to his fur when he rolled into it on the fields.  As you can see from the photo, Doc isn’t a big fan of water.

When that was done, we continued with our walk, with little T on her dad’s shoulders.

And then we met the second family of dog walkers.  There’s Bootsy seeking refuge on the tree and little T and her dad coaxing her to come done.

She did, after a while, but kept a safe distance away from us, in case there were more dog-walkers.

And of course there were more, so up the second tree she went.  And then got stuck and didn’t know how to get down.

After about twenty minutes of cajoling, she finally found a way to get down.

“I’m not liking this anymore”  Says the cat.

“We didn’t ask you to come along”

Then all hell broke loose again.  This time we met one dog family after the other and Boots refused to budge.  She stayed on that tree and no amount of persuasion would convince her to come off it.  “I’m done”  She said.  “I’ve had it” and disappeared into the woods.

For awhile, she would still answer when we called her.  So we waited, hoping she’d get over sulking and follow us back home.  Our original plan was to go down in the valley, pass through the village and up the coast once again.  But then we knew that it would probably be too much for the cat.  So we decided to retrace our steps up the valley, through the woods, up the hills back to our home, hoping Bootsy would follow us once again.

But she stopped answering our calls.  After waiting and calling for some time, we decided to call it a day.  And we thought – she is after all, a cat right?  Surely she’ll be able to find her way home.  Going back up, we kept calling her, hoping she’d follow our voices.

She didn’t.

We saw the same sheep again on our way back home.

Baa!  Baa!  Baah!

“Stupid cat got lost in the woods!  Will she ever find her way back home?”

To be continued…

This post is linked up with #CountryKids

And #PoCoLo.

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. This is lovely, there is someone who lives near us with cat that follows her on walks too.

    • Thanks! A man we met on that walk also mentioned that his cat used to follow him too 🙂

  2. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Your cat is the cutest thing ever =P Im sharing this post with my sister as shes a real cat person… AN amazing story =) #pocolo

  3. Paula Reed Nancarrow

    You know this is a children’s picture book, don’t you? Perhaps even a series. You have the rhythm down just right. You even have an intrepid feline hero. Seriously. Find someone who wants to use your photos as a basis for illustrations. Do I know how to do that? No. Absolutely no idea whatsoever. But I’ve read a lot of picture books to a lot of children. And this is right on target. Enjoyed discovering you through #PoCoLo.

    • Hi Paula! Thanks so much for dropping by and for the comment too. Yes, I’ve sort of been thinking about it for the longest time. My husband (and even my father-in-law) have been nagging me about it. It’s just that, I find it a bit difficult to think about it right now. What with a 3-year-old, an 8-month old numpty dog and yes, even our cat, things are just a bit too noisy in our household at the the moment. When things get a bit quiet, maybe then, I’ll manage to really think seriously about it. For now, I’m just going to have to write them all down here 🙂

    • Yes, she is indeed a fab cat. I’m not particularly a cat person, but I’m certainly very fond of Boots 🙂

  4. rebeccabeesley

    My goodness I’ve never heard of a cat going soooo far on a walk with their human. Really hope Boosty comes home! x

  5. Beautiful photos and a gorgeous cat! Our cat loves to follow us too! #countrykids

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Oh, this is brilliant Dean! Can’t wait for Part 2 🙂

  7. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    I have bookmarked this to make sure I return for Part 2 – please Bootsy, give us a happy ending to a brilliant story.

  8. krissottoh

    Now I’m anxiously waiting for part 2! Just love your pictures and the story of the cat following you on the walk!

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  10. This is SO wonderful. Bootsy is gorgeous. My daughter would love this post 🙂 She wishes our cats would follow us too! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

    • Dean B

      You’re most welcome. Tell her not to wish it though, I get really worried when she does that. For now, she’s grounded though 😉

      • Good plan to ground her if you ask me. My OH would feel exactly the same about you. I bet you were SO worried…Ross would have cried so hard. Don’t blame you! Glad you got her back safe and sound xx

        • Dean B

          I was! That’s why I insisted on going back the very next day even if my husband reminded me that she is a cat and will find her way home. I just didn’t want to risk it and I’m not even a cat-person! But she’s our cat! xx

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