Our Skimble and Jess have a rival for our affections in the shape of the pictured Pickles. He's been a resident in our neighbourhood for about 9 months now and for most of that time we thought he was trying to adopt us as he's the friendliest cat we've ever met.
It turns out he lives just around the corner, but craves affection when his owners are out during the day. This means he waits for the children going to/from school and also is firm friends with Nina, our neighbour's border collie. They frequently rub noses when Nina returns from one of her daily walks.
It also means that anything we do out the front comes under intense scrutiny whether it's simply taking the bin out to the kerbside emptying area, gardening or whatever. Walking can be quite hazardous as Pickles at some point will trip you up and looks quite hurt that you've trodden on him. Our postie was asking if we knew where he came from the other day: this cat's been following me for the past 10 minutes and has tripped me up at least 4 times!
It's only recently we've found out his name. NAH managed to lock him in our garage one day after Pickles had been 'helping' him out in there. His owners were most relieved when we found him, as they'd had to deal with a pair of distraught children all day.
On Friday he tried to come to IKEA with us: jumping in and out of the car as we got ready to leave. Here you can see one of our attempts to try and distract him away from the car. Skimble and Jess haven't quite cottoned on to the fact he's attempted to get into the house many a time and so on the whole have been quite tolerant, though Jess did see him off the other day.
He brightens up our day and I can't think of a better name for this most curious of cats.