Originally Posted by katl8e
When does he get his badge?
Actually, Rowdy has become a pretty good watchcat. Our family room is at the back of the house and we can't hear the doorbell. When somebody comes to the front door, Rowdy barrels into the back and yowls at Bill. She lets him know before the dogs bark.
Rowdy's hearing must be more acute than the dogs'. We've been speculating on whether JC hears something and looks out, or just sees something. He spends half his time awake spying on the neighbors, and always "calls" us when something interesting is going on (ever have one of those nosy neighbors always spying from behind the curtains? That's Jamie). He's such a scaredy cat (we had company for dinner tonight, and he hid upstairs) that his apparent "heroics" are really a "cry for rescue". I really hope this company (ceramic and stone tile wholesaler) will wise up and put out some money for an alarm system. They've been broken into about 6 times in the last decade. The building's architecture invites burglars. It's located on the main street in our town, but the whole front of the building is storage. The loading docks are located at one side of the building, and the parking lot, main entrance, offices and showrooms at the back. The parking lot is bordered by a huge hedge (8 - 9 ft.), so the people living in the adjacent houses can't see anything. There's a really steep, approximately 90 degree incline behind the parking lot, and then the backyards of 3 duplexes, the middle of which is ours. Our cellar is at roughly the same level as the second storey of the tile company, so we have a very good view. Last night's burglars, who jimmied the main entrance door, apparently failed high school geometry. I didn't hear/see a thing, although I was in our first floor living room at the back of the house. My husband was reading in bed (second floor at the front), and also didn't see anything, but heard Jamie (half Oriental Shorthair, and used to having a hearing-impaired "mommy", so he's extremely loud). I really don't understand why this company doesn't have better security. They do terrific business (most of which Jamie follows from the back balcony), so it really shouldn't be a question of costs. Our town is small (9,500), but we've had our fair share of break-ins and arsons, not to mention defacing buildings (at one time I found graffitti amusing, but it has really gone too far).