Waylon the wandering cat: What would happen if he and found-cat Willow had babies?

The media (Westword included) loves a good lost-cat-found story. Three months after a Broomfield calico named Willow made national news (and got fondled by Anderson Cooper) when she turned up in New York City, the headlines are shouting about a tabby named Waylon who was found in Golden last week after he escaped from his owner's home in Florida in August. Which gives us a diabolical, cat-breeding idea....

What if we, er, introduced Willow and Waylon in the hopes that they'd like like each other and gift the world with a new breed of adventure-loving, media-whoring felines with W first names, adorable kitty-cat faces, terrible senses of direction and a burning desire to be fondled by Anderson Cooper? Think of the possibilities. Happy news stories! Precious quotes from politicians! And the cat memes! Oh, the cat memes.

If we go through with it, we'll have to act quickly. Word is that Waylon's owner, 39-year-old Daniel Johns of Naples, is flying to Colorado to claim his furry friend. The media is invited to watch the reunion at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden. Spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland says that though she's reached out to national media, Anderson Cooper has not yet RSVPed.

"We're hoping someone will bite," she says.

And we're hoping that someone will be Willow. Never-ending cat memes! Yes!

More from our Strange But True archives: "Willow the cat, newly reunited with her family, set to star in her own book."

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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