MooShoes Store Cat “Bowery” Dies

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

Vegan shoe shop MooShoes on Orchard Street is mourning the loss of its resident feline companion, Bowery. Yup, the one that would “seriously attack your dog” if brought into the store. Hence the overall ban on canines.

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Bowery was a stray rescued from his namesake street roughly eight years ago by the MooShoes peeps, and quickly became ruler of the roost. Both at the former Allen Street location and the current digs at 78 Orchard.  According to a heartfelt eulogy post on the company’s blog, the cat succumbed to kidney disease earlier this week.

We found Bowery (just off of the Bowery-surprise, right?) 8 years ago on our way home from the store on a hot Sunday evening. It was that same situation we have all been countless times, stray cat crosses your path – what to do? We stopped and said “ok, well we are not going on some crazy cat chase, but..”by the time we bent down, he came right over to us with that Bowery finesse, tail in the air and the “you know you can’t resist me” attitude, and well he was right.

He soon came to live in our store, first our location on Allen Street and then at our current location on Orchard Street. Within minutes of moving into our store he owned the place to the other cat’s dismay. It was during this time that we discovered Bowery’s severe hatred of dogs…He was very integral in the unfortunate MooShoes Dog Ban which we promise was for the safety of your dog.

He was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 plus years ago and while we think many others might have succumbed earlier, this just further attests to Bowery’s resilience and I’ll say it a zest for life! He accepted his treatments like a trooper until the very end, but we and his care providers finally realized there was nothing left to be done.

Pour one out for the bugger.  Have any experiences with Bowery the cat?

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