Many Dartmouth residents will be familiar with Pekoe, the charming, personable cat who is a beloved fixture at Sullivan’s Pond.
Recently Pekoe’s owner, Dianne Coish, shared Pekoe’s story on a Facebook page about all things Dartmouth. She graciously allowed Hello Dartmouth to share the story with you.
I joined this site several weeks ago because I’d been told the ‘orange one’ was being featured here on a fairly regular basis. I read with amusement (and sometimes embarrassment) of his antics and feel compelled to write.
A few Pekoe facts: He chose us. He moved in after being abandoned at about six months of age, joining a family with 2 dogs and another cat. He is ok with the other cat and one dog. The other dog, not so much.
He is well loved and cared for with places(s) to sleep and food to eat, but the truth is, although he rests and ‘refuels’ here, he really lives at the pond.
He loves people mostly and clearly loves to go for rides in cars. We have travelled far and wide to fetch him whenever an unsuspecting driver realizes they’ve transported a stowaway.
To those who feel he should not be permitted to roam, you’ve not lived with Pekoe after he’s been housebound for a few days.
Pekoe has introduced us to many Dartmouthians. He loves to watch Mrs Moir as she tends her gardens and he gets regular treats from a couple who drive here just for that purpose. For a long time we tried to determine how cat treats managed to travel from the kitchen pantry to the front step. Now we know.
We have collected many photos, press clippings etc over the years, all featuring Pekoe. The icing on the cake was when he was featured in the mural that graces the back wall of the Findlay Community Centre. Research determined that the committee knows Pekoe and so does the artist!
To those who have been so kind to him over the past 8 years or so, thank you, thank you and THANK YOU. We started this journey with our little orange friend mostly losing sleep but following countless (daily) calls from you, our hearts are completely and thoroughly warmed by your kindness. And to the lady the other day who tried to convince animal control officers that he was lost and should be ‘taken in’, they know him as well.