Graham the cat gets global attention

Graham the Cat winner of Customer of the Year 2013 at Pets at Home in Boston. Photo by Steve Hill
Graham the Cat winner of Customer of the Year 2013 at Pets at Home in Boston. Photo by Steve Hill

A wiley cat from Boston has been named ‘customer of the year’ at a national pet store chain after his heartwarming tale went global.

The Standard was the first to bring you the story about the sneaky ginger-and-white tom nicknamed Graham, who visits the town’s Pets at Home store every day.

� Picture by Steve Hill. 1.11.13. Graham the Cat's certificate and tag as winner of Customer of the Year 2013 at Pets at Home in Boston this morning.

� Picture by Steve Hill. 1.11.13. Graham the Cat's certificate and tag as winner of Customer of the Year 2013 at Pets at Home in Boston this morning.

His obsession with the Queen Street shop sees him waiting outside the doors until they open at 9am before wandering in, greeting staff and making a bee-line for the cat treat aisle. He also enjoys sitting down to watch the caged rodents and fish for sale.

At the end of the day staff wave him off with a ‘goodbye, see you tomorrow’.

His curious tale was picked up by the national press and attracted positive online comments from as far away as America and Australia.

Staff at the store have now awarded him with a special certificate and engraved collar and are calling on his owner to come forward and receive an award for the cat’s loyalty.

So keen are they to trace the owner that they have fitted his new collar with a GPS tracking device to monitor where he goes – and a message for the owner to get in touch.

Deputy store manager Vicky Coker said “It’s fantastic Graham has won the award, now we just want to find his owners so that they too can join in the celebrations.”

Colleagues at the store were disappointed when they discovered Graham wasn’t microchipped as this would have given them key details about his owners that they could have used to contact them.

To see a video of Graham in action click here - or to see a gallery of photos of him at the store click here.