Towser the Mouser. So much is said about working dogs that we often think of and treat cats as purely companion animals. But felines can earn their keep if you give them the chance, too. My two kitties keep my basement free from spiders, daddy long legs, and centipedes. Seem like it’s not a big deal? Well, I am not fond of spiders and it is very comforting to know when I go downstairs to play guitar that I don’t have to worry about some creepy thing crawling out of the sound hole. My fuzzy buddies have my back. And that’s official. Towser – the World’s Best Mouser.
Towser was famous for her record breaking mouse catching skills.
In fact she was so incredible that she made it in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s best mouser with a solid count of 28,899 mice. Towser was a long-haired tortoiseshell that was born on April 21, 1963. She lived 24 years of her life in Glenturret Distillery, Scotland. The area is well known for its whisky production. Towser of Glenturret. The Secret Lives of Distillery Cats.
There’s no argument that service dogs, with important titles such as Bomb-Sniffing Dog, Guide Dog and Search-and-Rescue Dog, play essential roles supporting their human counterparts, but among the ranks of working-class cats there are also many roles to fill.
And whether the workplace is a bookstore, bodega or barnyard, there may be no feline job title as spirited as that of distillery cat. What other job listing would include “personable, but with a killer’s instinct” as a core value in a candidate? Barn cats often have a scrappy disposition and learn to live among chickens and steer clear of passing hooves as they hunt and climb among the rafters to find a good perch atop a bale of hay (job perks include fresh milk straight from the source).
Bodega cats, those urban denizens of corner grocers, sleep among the cans of Goya beans and Entenmann’s cakes, and serve as night watchmen, always on the lookout for a passing cockroach or unsuspecting mouse. Cat Story: Towser, World's Best Mouser. This week’s cat story is about a feline with extraordinary skill in catching mice.
Towser the Cat was a long haired tortoiseshell that lived in the Scottish Glenturret Distillery. In her nearly 24 years as a resident at the distillery, Towser caught a Guinness World Record 28,899 mice! It’s not unusual for distilleries to have cats in residence to help keep the mouse population in check. The large amounts of barley used to make the beverages attracts large amounts of mice. Although there are many cats helping in distilleries, none of them come close to catching the average of three mice per day attributed to Towser. Her talent made her a celebrity, she received fan mail, made several television appearances and was a very popular character for photo opportunities with distillery visitors. Brooke likes to pose for pictures with distillery visitors, but prefers sunbathing to catching mice. Towser the best ever mouser. The Whisky Cat. Towser Cat The Famous Grouse Experience Glenturret Whisky Distillery Crieff Perthshire Scotland.
Photo of Glenturret, Towser the Cat. Towser the glenturret distillery cat. Glenturret distillery. Coordinates: 56°23′22″N 3°51′14″W / 56.38944°N 3.85389°W / 56.38944; -3.85389 (Glenturret Distillery) The Glenturret Distillery is located on the banks of the Turret River two miles north west of Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. The distillery is hidden in the valley and its secluded location may have contributed to its early history as the site of several illicit bothy stills. The high hills to either side of the distillery were thought to act as lookout points for the smugglers.  When Alfred Barnard visited the distillery he described the valley as “a perfect paradise to artists, who come in great numbers to transfer some of its transcendant beauties to canvas.”  The distillery is located in the parish of Monzievaird and Strowan. History The distillery was originally known as “Hosh” and was originally owned by the Drummond family.
Production and Character At this stage more water is added to reduce the concentration of alcohol from 75% to 64%. Famous Grouse distillery seeks replacement to a world record mouser called Towser. - Famous Grouse distillery, Crieff, Perthshire, Towser, world record-breaking mouse catcher, 30,000 mice, 24 years, Guinness book of records, most prolific feline mouse cat. Bosses at the Famous Grouse distillery in Crieff, Perthshire are searching for a successor to Towser, the world record-breaking mouse catcher who sadly died recently.
Towser will be a hard act to follow, not only is he recorded as clocking up an impressive 30,000 mice in his long and distinguished 24 year career, Towser is also in the Guinness book of records as the worlds most prolific feline mouse catcher. "The story goes that Towser's incredible mousing prowess was the result of a tiny nip being added to his milk each night, but we don't have any scientific proof to back this up and we certainly wouldn't advise this to anyone whose cat is under-performing in terms of vermin control" said Carol McLaren, spokeswoman for the distillery.
Blog Archive » NEW DISTILLERY CAT JOINS THE FAMOUS GROUSE FAMILY – BUT HE NEEDS A NAME – Scotch Whisky News - whisky industry press releases, newsletters, events, tasting notes, bottlings and comments. After a three month search to find a new distillery cat, The Famous Grouse Experience has welcomed an adorable kitten as the newest member to their family and they need your help to find him a name. The Famous Grouse is calling on whisky fans and animal lovers to find the perfect name for the ginger tomcat. The name will be given to the famous whisky’s newest recruit and the winner will be invited to meet him at his new home and take a VIP tour of the distillery.
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