By Julia Williams
The story of Joey the Garden Cat is a “feline rags to riches” tale that just warms my heart. No one knows how or why the young tabby cat found himself living on the street in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. But the plucky kitten refused to let his humble beginnings deter him from having a wonderful life …he took matters into his own paws and chose a TV station’s “Weather Garden” for his home. Soon, all of Little Rock knew his face and name, and Joey the Garden Cat went from feral to fame!
Watching clips of the purrsonable Joey “stealing the show,” it’s quite obvious this cute kitty was born for television and enjoys his job. And seeing Joey charmingly interact with his legions of Facebook fans, it’s clear he enjoys his high-profile life. Joey’s story serves to remind us that we should all dream big – because what we are born into doesn’t have to be what we become!
Joey the Garden Cat graciously agreed to an interview so our readers could get to know him. Enjoy!
Me: When you were an inky-dinky lad living on the streets, did you ever think you’d end up with such a great life?
Joey: It was Christmas 2006 and I was on my own hunting down food in the streets of Little Rock. I was tiny, fast and smart, cause across the street I discovered the weather garden where Larry the Garden Cat lived. He let me eat his food and sleep in his heated house. I never dreamed I would be a TV star, but it’s been a pretty cool gig with lots of perks.
What do you like most about being a famous Celebricat?
All the attention! So many new people to meet that come to the news studio or weather garden for interviews, and they want to meet and take photos with me – even other celebrities.
Who are three of your favorite people at the station, and what do you love about them?
Meteorologist Tom Brannon and morning show host, cause he’s my on-air buddy. Momma/agent Theba Lolley, cause she found me and takes care of all my needs. Feather/girl Kelly Tibbit, cause she plays with me every day with the feather toy.