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Jun 30, 2006

Jack's on duty

Excerpted from Yahoo:

WEST MILFORD, N.J. - A black bear picked the wrong yard for a jaunt, running into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree—twice.

Jack, a 15-pound orange and white cat, keeps a close vigil on his property, often chasing small animals, but his owners and neighbors say his latest escapade was surprising.

Jack1_2 "We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty,' never knowing he'd go after a bear," owner Donna Dickey told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Friday's editions.

Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti first spotted Jack's accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property on Sunday. Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat.

After about 15 minutes, the bear descended and tried to run away, but Jack chased it up another tree
Dickey, who feared for her cat, then called Jack home and the bear scurried back to the woods. "He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey said.

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Comments

BEHOLD! The power of Marmalade!!!

betty
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:22 AM

I <3 that story. Cat Power!!!!

PinkSoprano
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:22 AM

That is a hard cat :-D

Chinny B
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:23 AM

"I am kitteh...hear me roar."

jenn
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:25 AM

That marmalade was jammin'!

Aubrey
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:27 AM

Ha! That is hilarious! Reminds me of this one black bear habitat in northern Minnesota I went to a few years ago. They are really sweet, really shy guys!

Julie
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:28 AM

Stands to reason Jack wants to keep a tidy yard, without all these messy bears loofing aroud in such an unorganized manner.

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:28 AM

That's just too much! Go Cat Go!

Morgan Skye
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:28 AM

MARMIE!!

This is without a doubt, hands-down the best news story of the year. Jack is my new hero.

A thinker
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:29 AM

Animals and there territory, don't mess with the orange kitty!

I used to have a rabbit that was like that, attacked everything that entered HER yard, even the kitties were afraid of that thing. (I was told she even got one or two :( )

V1c
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:31 AM

What a rockstar. That's awesome. Can he come over to Brooklyn and chase the burly teenagers away from my front steps?

Billychic
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:31 AM

This bear
Will never dare
Once more confront
A marmie's stare

Aubrey
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:32 AM

JACK! JACK! JACK! JACK! waitasec...
[suh-LAPPP]
[*backhand!*]
[SCOWL-DE-GRAS]
..OK, where was I? Sorry. Ah yes...
JACK! JACK! JACK! JACK!

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:32 AM

There once was a kitty named Jack
Of boldness he had not a lack
He encountered a bear
With a steely-eyed stare
He made sure he never came back.

A thinker
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:46 AM

First! Ze Bears, next, ZE WORLD!!!!

mein meow
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:48 AM

Wow. That's one tough cat.

(Bet nobody calls JACK a pussy...)

J. Bo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:49 AM

If you're big you usually do not need to be mean to get respect and go where you want.

Such a big, but shy, beer will have to stand a lot of ridicule to be afraid of a cat, even if the cat does have a lot of claws.

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:49 AM

...just goes to show that attitude really is everything. Small guys of the world, take heart.

A thinker
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:55 AM

A very similar thing happened with my cat, Chloe, and a doberman pinscher.

Chloe was outside (she used to be a mostly outdoor cat) and my uncle (who had been staying with us at the time) spotted a large doberman in the backyard. We all knew that Chloe was out there, so he told my mom, who went running for the back door...but she stopped when she saw the dog running away from Chloe.

Now, Chloe isn't very big. I mean, the doberman was probably a good three or four times her size. Thus and therefore, it was pretty darned funny to watch the dog running away from her.

Aoide
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:55 AM

I remember reading this in the news! :) That was so good - I think I emailed that story to everyone I knew. haha

christina s.
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:59 AM

That cat is a TOTAL Greebo.

VaCKo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:59 AM

There once was a marmie named Jack
Whose behavior was set on 'attack'
He once made a bear flee
For his life up a tree
For such things our Jack had a knack

Aubrey
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 09:59 AM

Nickole -- Jack's *declawed* actually. It doesn't say so here, but it was mentioned in another article; this story has been all over the human-interest & "offbeat" news.

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:01 AM

Jersey cats. Fugghedaboutit!

mlle_x
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:06 AM

Declawed, you say? Oh, I see, he's compensating with a really mean attitude.

Yeah, VaCKo, that's Greebo. Nanny Ogg will appear on the scene presently, and tell everyone that "he's such a softy, really". Bit of a blind spot, there.

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:15 AM

I thought ya'll might like to see a better picture of Jack:
http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/wfaa/06-06/0611.jpg

velociraptor
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:20 AM

In West Milford of old, a tale was once told
of a cat, and a bear, and a tree.
The cat, it was said, was a strange shade of red,
that some who had seen him called orange-y.

Jack was his name, and stalking his game,
and he roamed his back yard with aloofness.
This king of his turf, though substantial in the girth,
there were few who would question his floofness.

One warm afternoon, in the season of June,
young Jack was patrolling his garden,
when up popped a bear, all covered in hair,
and called into question Jack’s guarding.

The cat, so it’s told, had no shortage of bold,
and he lunged at the bear with ferocity,
The bruin took fright, and then he took flight,
And climbed up the nearest tall pine tree.

Jack parked his as* in a cool patch of grass
that surrounded the tree, and kept station.
The bear, looking down, saw the fat feline frown,
and took stock of his strange situation.

Can someone finish this for me?

Tony James
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:21 AM

I read this on Yahoo a few weeks ago. :]

Amie
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:28 AM

Tony James that is amazing! :p

Amie
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:29 AM

Oooooohhhh....
[ponders]

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:32 AM

Oh goodness... Check out the picture link that velociraptor posted. If it is indeed Jack, am I right in thinking he's a manx?

Sabba
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:35 AM

TJ: You'll have to ask Aubrey, I think.

I have plenty trouble constructing readable sentences. If elegance and rhyming is required, I'll suffer from permanent writer's block...

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:36 AM

Day became night, and the bear just sat tight
Ursa Major and Minor above him.
Now it's Day 23 and he's STILL up that tree...
Somebody climb up & shove him!

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:44 AM

...and I'm sure Jack will thank you. ("Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!")

I blame Shel Silverstein.

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:48 AM

haha... I once saw a video of a cat chasing a small bear in the woods... thought that was a coincidence... OR NOT! this story made my day

Jessie
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:48 AM

Teej! You should finish! Brilliant work, man!

A thinker
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:56 AM

...the poem, I mean (blushes)

A thinker
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 10:56 AM

HYSTERICAL!!!!!

Theresa
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 11:07 AM

"That cat is my hero"--Stephen Colbert

Charles
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 11:32 AM

Best. Cat. Ever.

Nater
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 11:50 AM

That's not very nice, Theo, egging people on to push poor, little, by then starving, bear down to Jack and CERTAIN DEATH!

I think some "ANIMAL ABUSE!!!" -comments are required now!

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 11:54 AM

God, what a pussy.

eyp
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:03 PM

Certain LUNCH, you mean.
Nawm nawm nawm.

Theo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:21 PM

Aaaaaaaw! Who's a good kitty? :o)

I think Nater summed up my feelings.

"Best. Cat. Ever."

EricaE
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:31 PM

BEAR ABUSE! ABUSE, ABUSE, ABUSE!!!

Sorry, I still haven't slept and are now over the madness horizon and accelerating.

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:33 PM

It's really starting to nag me that I have to write my name and e-mail address every time I'm commenting. Neither "Remember personal info" or my TypeKey account manage to keep me logged in.

How do you cope with this, everybody??

Nickole
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Nickole, I'm not a tech head but your browser may not be set to accept cookies.

jaypo
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Jack-Jack there is holdin' it DOWN, y'all. I want him in my neighborhood.

rachel
 |  Jun 30, 2006 at 12:44 PM

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