Mario is famously popular among the other cats and is rarely seen without at least a couple representatives of his entourage of adoring fans. They trail around after him as he makes his rounds and cuddle up against him when he’s in repose. Sometimes it can be hard to get a good picture of him as this or that admirer runs into the shot, joyfully offering up a rear end for his inspection.
I don’t know who Mario considers to be his number one fan, but as far as we’re concerned, this would have to be Howie.
Howie was brought in as a feral adult and angrily resisted any and all human efforts to befriend him. Then he met Mario and became one of his most devoted followers… literally. He would follow him everywhere. The big fluffy love guru worked his mysterious magic and slowly but surely tamed Howie, who now welcomes human contact and will even seek out a lap now and again.
Knowing all this about him, I was surprised to read in The Love Blog that he was quite a shy boy when he was first brought in after being trapped along with more than a dozen other cats living in an alley in East Vancouver. According to Leslie, “…we saw his potential and kept him indoors, rather than relaeasing him into one of the rear yards. It didn’t take him long to relax and accept his new home, and to become one of our most famous Romeos.”