Story dated 9th August 2002
it's another of those "I don't believe it" stories with,
what has to be the weakest connection to pinball ever.
Here we go. This one's from Reuters.
- Tiger, Snowball Snookie and Pinball will be able to play all day
long in their own yard, take in a movie,and then get a massage to
relieve the stress of the day -- all
in the comfort of their own kitty condominium.
But only if the pet cats outlive their owner.
A trust fund set up by cat owner Erica Parker will provide her orphaned
pets with their own suite equipped with television, a garden and other
services such as grooming.
"I hope that people understand that when people care for their
pets it's not eccentric, it's just caring," said 41-year-old
Parker, who lives in Littles Town, Pennsylvania, and
does not have children.
Pet Estates in Melrose, New York, has arranged to care for Parker's
beloved Tiger, Snowball, Snookie, Alex, Kelly Cat and Pinball in the
event that she cannot.
While cats might not be interested in the swimming pool at the seven-acre
(2.8-hectare) estate near Albany, New York, owner-less dogs can take
a dip while listening to music and wolfing down treats.
Pampered pets will enjoy warm meals and a raised, heated bed in the
serenity of their own private rooms, as opposed to a kennel cage.
Parker and her husband decided during a daily commute to provide for
their cats. "We were concerned that, God forbid,
something happens to us," she said.
Her will sets aside money for either a semi-private suite with shared
community room and play yard, costing $7,300 a year, or a two-room
condo with enclosed porch for $11,000. If she opts to arrange for
massages for her cats, it will cost $35 per 40-minute session.
Not a bad life for cats she rescued from the streets.
For dogs, prices are higher with a semi-private suite, shared community
room and play yard costing $14,600. A two-room condo with enclosed
porch is $21,400.
Dogs also can receive a half-hour bath for $40.