“Princess Sugar Pie, she has a headache,” Jim Barbee told his cat at the Madison Health And Rehabilitation Center Monday. With that simple command, Princess Sugar Pie put her little paw on the forehead of the person in front of her.
“Cats rule, dogs drool,” is Princess Sugar Pie’s favorite quote, Barbee told the residents.
Barbee found Princess Sugar Pie in 2004, when she was a feral kitten under his condo in Daphne, Ala.
"She is a one-in-a-million cat," Barbee said.
Barbee started taking photos of Princess Sugar Pie around 2005 and noticed she seemed to be posing. Thinking there was something more to that, he started training her with the clicker method when she was 2 years old.
Now, the feral kitten from Alabama is a registered therapy and show cat and has performed in numerous television, newspaper and radio appearances.
She wears costumes, walks on a leash, poses for photos, holds objects (like her favorite stuffed dog) and touches different places on a person's face on command.
"I've never seen anything else like her," Barbee said.
Barbee has four other cats in his home in Sevierville, Tenn.
‘cats rule, dogs drool’
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AAUW authors brunch, silent auction March 15
The American Association of University Women, Berea, will present its annual Authors Brunch and Silent Auction at Boone Tavern 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 15.
Three Kentucky authors will be presenting their works, including Frank X Walker, Mike Norris and Jason Howard. Activities will take place in the Tavern’s Coyle Gathering and Skylight Rooms.
KSP recognizes last surviving member of first cadet class
As a member of Kentucky State Police Cadet Class No. 1 in 1948, Chester Potter was a ground-floor witness to the birth and growth of an organization that would transform law enforcement in Kentucky.
Recently, the 83-year-old Pikeville resident, who retired in 1975 as a lieutenant after 27 years on the force, recalled those early “trailblazing” days.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
Man indicted in January police chase
A Madison grand jury has indicted a Richmond man in connection with a vehicle chase that resulted in the lockdown of two schools in early January.
Heroin found in card sent to jail
An investigation began Wednesday afternoon at the Madison County Detention Center when a jail employee found heroin in a piece of mail destined for a prisoner.
Back to Broadway!
Directed by Eddie Kennedy and Lisa Scully, the Berea Arena performance is a musical revue featuring talented voices performing the best-loved songs of Broadway.
Murder indictment issued in vehicular assault case
A Madison grand jury indicted a Richmond man on a murder charge Wednesday in the death of his girlfriend’s brother, who he is alleged to have struck with his car.
Jeremy D. Rice, 21, also was indicted as a second-degree persistent felony offender, according to court documents.
4,000 march, remember in Frankfort
This time the welcome was warmer; still cold, but the sun shone; and 50 years of progress were marked.
It was different, cold and rainy, and the welcome by the white establishment was just as chilly 50 years ago when 10,000 marched on the state Capitol seeking passage of a public accommodations law.
‘Fairness’ ordinance cost debated
Berea’s City Council and Mayor Steve Connelly met for two hours Tuesday afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
HVAC tools reported stolen from van
A representative of Robert White Refrigeration, West Irvine Street, reported Thursday that several tools had been stolen from one of the company vehicles while it was parked at the Richmond Mall about noon Dec. 4.
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