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Fatso Video Finally Strikes Chord

The late, great Fatso the Keyboard Cat is now an Internet sensation thanks to the music video Charlie Schmidt recorded back in the early 1980s in Spokane. (Courtesy of Charlie Schmidt)

History is littered with great artists who were ignored and unappreciated while alive, only to find fame after shedding their mortal coil. And so it is for an orange Spokane cat named Fatso. Fatso, alas, gave up her ninth and final life in 2000. But the cat lives again on the Internet because of the brief, hilarious music video she recorded back in the early 1980s. In it, Fatso tickles the ivories with outstretched paws a la classical musicians like Catzart, say,  or Stravinskitty. She plays a jaunty, simple tune. “Doot-doot, doot-doot …” This is without a doubt one of the silliest things ever. That may partly explain why Keyboard Cat has become a cyberspace sensation. (Mass insanity or the overall decline of civilization has my votes for the rest of the equation.)/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: What kinds of tricks can your pet do?

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