A couple who fell in love thanks to the help and clever interference of a rescue cat are getting married.
Tanya Gatehouse from London first met her neighbour, Stephen Voller, thanks to the assistance of her matchmaker cat, Georgina, after she managed to get stuck up Stephen’s chimney and a tree TWICE.
Tanya and her son, Nikolas, adopted Georgina from animal charity Mayhew in September 2015. It was love at first sight and Georgina quickly became a big part of the family.
The black and white cat, who adores affection, a good cuddle, and chasing birds, doesn’t have the best climbing skills.
So much so that one day in April 2016 Georgina was chasing a bird and managed to get herself stuck up Stephen’s chimney.
Tanya said, “A friend of mine kindly offered to climb up and try and rescue poor Georgina, but unfortunately they lost their footing and fell through Stephen’s garage.
“I felt terrible and offered to pay for any damage that had been caused, but Stephen refused to accept any money for it, so I suggested a meal to say thank you instead.”
But Georgina wanted to do more than cement their friendship; she had a cunning plan to ignite felines between the two…
Two weeks later, Georgina managed to get stuck up a tree in Tanya’s garden, not once but TWICE.
“Stephen kindly offered to get his climbing gear and rescue her both times; this was when sparks started to fly.
“Shortly after the second rescue, Stephen asked me out for dinner and our first date was in a pub, aptly called The George, and the rest as they say is history.
“Stephen asked me to marry him in January 2017 and we are set to wed this September. For the wedding we are having a little model of Georgie on our wedding cake, a small one at the bottom as a reminder of who orchestrated the whole thing,” said the happy bride-to-be.
Who knows whether the neighbours would have even gone on a date if it wasn’t for Georgina! Not only did Georgina find her purrfect home, she has helped her owner, Tanya, find her happily ever after too.
If you are interested in adopting any of Mayhew’s cats, please visit their adoption page or call 020 8962 8009.