Hoppy Has Cat Scratch Fever

June 26 | 2 Comments

If you had to wear that, you'd be pissed tooThere’s a perception out there in the human community that dogs are mean based simply on their breed.

I find that despicable. Take for instance Chow Chow’s, of which I share an abundance of chromosomes with, who are seen as territorial thugs. Me a territorial thug? Only when it comes to the jar of peanut butter I hover over.

Let me go on the record and say it isn’t the breed, it’s how they were raised. I’m the greatest example, not an angry bone in my body.

On the other side of the spectrum is Scrappy.

He’s a golden retriever who isn’t allowed to retrieve anything in his life. He is angry and bitter at his lot in life. Little did I know this when I met him at the park, whereupon he pert near bit my head off. Whoever says Goldens are the perfect canine hasn’t met him, or me for that matter.

Moral of the story, don’t jump to conclusions when it comes to the cover that is a hounds look.

When it comes to felines, however, if you believe they are mean, you will be correct 100% of the time. Check out the latest evidence of a cat bent on doggy destruction from The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

You don’t want to mess with Hoppy.

A pet that has twice raced out from its south Minneapolis yard to attack passing dogs and their owners was returned home Tuesday after Animal Care and Control impounded it for the second time in two years.

Hoppy is a cat.

Reports of cats attacking dogs in Minneapolis are rare, and last week Hoppy became one of just two cats currently labeled “potentially dangerous,” said Dan Niziolek, manager of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. By contrast, the city has a list of about 140 dogs that have been declared a threat.

The felonious feline ran afoul of the law in fall 2007, when a man walking his dog said he was charged by a large black cat in the 3900 block of Drew Avenue South. The man, Thomas Buchberger, reported that he fell to the ground and was bitten and scratched several times before Hoppy let up. Buchberger’s dog, Walden, ran to the safety of the middle of the street.

The city impounded Hoppy, an adult male, and ordered him destroyed, but his owner, 82-year-old Leo Noltimier, got the ruling overturned, according to city records.

Then, last month, Hoppy did it again, according to the city. A second victim, Russ King, told the city he was walking his dog, a Maltese named Charlie, past the same house on the evening of May 20 when a cat matching Hoppy’s description pounced. When King scooped up Charlie to get the dog out of harm’s way, the cat scratched King instead.

When Animal Control came looking for Hoppy after that attack, Noltimier refused to hand over his pet, prompting city workers to get a search warrant for the cat.

Not surprisingly, Hoppy was found hiding in the dog house.


2 Responses to “Hoppy Has Cat Scratch Fever”

  1. (the incredible) Hulk on June 30th, 2009 1:12 pm

    Yeah, I know what you mean about “breed bias”! I, being 3/4 Doberman am always being considered a cross between a crocodile and a rattle snake.

    People are always asking my dad what kind of dog I am—when he tells them I’m 3/4 Dobe, they shy away as if confronted by an angry bear! Actually, I am as mild mannered as Clark Kent most of the time. I have to confess, however, that I have a very low tolerance for stupid people—I haven’t bitten anyone, but I have thought about it occasionally.

    Hulk H. Komar

  2. on August 10th, 2010 4:46 am

    Hoppy is so cute. Hopefully no one around him will get cat scratch fever from him.

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