Hollywood Cats!Welcome Kitty!

Maneki-neko is also known as a Welcome Cat, Lucky Cat, Money Cat, and is a common Japanese figurine. It is a cat with an upright paw that beckons the visitor. Some figurines have paws that move. Maneki-neko is based on a 17th-century legend where in a poor temple in Tokyo lives a priest and his cat Tama. A visitor takes refuge from a storm under a tree near the temple and sees Tama beckoning to come inside from the rain. The visitor comes closer and avoids being struck by lightning that hits the tree. He befriends the priest and Tama and becomes their benefactor. Upon his death, Tama is buried in the Goutokuji Temple's cat cemetery with respect and love--the Maneki Neko was made in honor of him. A Maneki Neko in a place of business, a home, or on a website brings good luck and visitors.

June 15, 1925
Cat is Detective’s Nemesis

Los Angeles Times
Ben Frank, the manager of the Ambassador Hotel, issues a ban on cats due to guest complaints. Colonel Demmon, the Hotel Detective and a former British army officer, is in charge of completing this task and sets his sites on the Hotel's feline Beelzebub. Beelzebub has had her way at the place since the hotel's opening in 1921; kicking her out is harder than it seems. Many employees even believe Beelzebub has supernatural gifts in her ability to outsmart Demmon, who finally captures lets her and lets her loose in Long Beach. Two weeks later, while Frank makes his daily inspection of the hotel kitchens, he notices that Beelzebub is back with “seven kittens, all of the same sable hue as Beelzebub herself.” According to Carl Crane of the Los Angeles Times, Frank sheepishly initially avoids the subject of Beelzebub but finally confesses “the efforts to oust Beelzebub would probably not be renewed.”

April 26, 1925
Grateful Avalanche Survivor Stalks Hero

Los Angeles Times
Susie the kitten lives at Mono Lake with her guardian, 74-year-old James Penders. A six-foot white mantle of snow piles on the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and an avalanche a quarter-mile wide comes two miles down. It crushes James, Susie, and other forest critters that take shelter in the cabin. Thirty-eight days later, after the snow melts, hiker Glus and an unnamed Indian are on the scene and hear a faint “meow” beneath the timbers. Times reporter John I. Von Blon writes, “They lifted away the heaviest and out crawled—Susie!” Susie had been “confined in a space three feet long, ten inches wide and eight inches high, packed about with snow of icy hardness.” In love with her rescuer, Susie is now a mother, and she and her kittens follow Glus everywhere he goes.

April 11, 1926
Unknown Kitten with Nothing but its Meow Attains Hollywood Stardom

Los Angeles Times
Tim, a gray Persian cat takes pride in his adventures and loves climbing the Hollywood rooftop buildings. One day he chases mice on a roof pipe, where his curiosity brings him near an open pipe. Timmy falls inside, getting stuck in the mud. He meows for help. Residents of 6558 Hollywood Boulevard hear his cries and recognize they are more than normal meows; they are cries of help. Someone pokes the pipe with sticks, but they do not reach Tim. Charles Sloan of the Los Angeles Times recounts the events:
“Kitty! Kitty! Come…Kitty!” They called over and over again.
“Me-e-e-e-ow!” Wailed Timmy, “I’m stuck in th’ mud!” But they couldn’t understand him."
The Hollywood police station receives calls about a riot, and seven officers investigate the 200 people trying to save little Tim. Someone calls the fire department, and the chief himself attends to the emergency where the police explain the situation. The crowd grows from 200 to 600 people. Finally, a lieutenant suggests flushing the kitten out of the pipe with water, and Timmy, a two-month old wet and muddy kitten is saved. The crowd cheers the Hollywood happy ending!

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