Video: Okanagan man and his feline cycling companions

Seann Gentray with pal Budhi on his shoulder during a regular downtown cycling sojourn. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Budhi takes a cat nap on the ride along Main Street. (Mark Brett - Western News)
One of Budhi’s favourite spots while walking is on Seann Gentray’s hat, this day on the way to the orthodontist. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Just along for the ride.

Budhi is just 11 weeks old but already the little orange tabby enjoys getting out for a bicycle sojourn on the shoulders of his adopted father Seann Gentray.

Budhi is the newest member of the Gentray family, Seann’s daughter recently found the tiny kitten who she realized in need of a forever home.

And like his feline step sister Bridget, who was at home this time around, Budhi was introduced to cycling early on, taking to it like a duck to water according to his master.

“It’s actually easier than you think, I’ve had four cats that I’ve trained, it usually only takes a half a day, you can’t underestimate children or animals,” said Gentray. “You see I go to the downtown market at lot and I have it set up for my bike and one day I just decided to take the cat, it started with another cat Lilly who I had.”

Most Saturdays Gentray and either Bridget or Budhi can be found at the market, or other times at Home Hardware or Canadian Tire where they are also welcome.

Or, like on this particular day, at the orthodontist’s office playing ball hockey with waiting patients after arriving on the Gentray’s hat.

“They’re (cats) the feminine principle and it brings the best in people,” said Gentray, adding that more and more places are becoming pet friendly. “Cats show compassion and loving and total forgiveness.

READ MORE: Call the ‘paw’-lice: Cricket the cat caught stealing gloves from B.C. homes

“People are quite tickled, they love it (when they see the cats on the bike) and they always relate stories about their cats and tell them to meet us down at the market.”

He added socializing pets enriches their lives as well.

Gentray is very careful to keep his cats safe on their rides, keeping them leashed or in the special cat carrier he has attached to the back of the bicycle.

And he’s always happy to share a story about his feline companions with other cat lovers.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fire causes significant damage to West Kelowna home

The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 6.

Driver rescued after car goes down embankment near Kelowna

The Kelowna Fire Department performed the high-angle rope rescue around 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 5

UPDATE: Wildfire forces evacuation of homes between Summerland and Penticton

Emergency vehicles are at the scene near Sage Mesa, evacuation centre set up in Penticton

Morning Start: Water can freeze and boil at the same time

Your morning start for Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hunting cabins were built west of Summerland

Area around Darke Lake was once known as the Piggeries

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

North Okanagan police search for owner of lost iPhone

Concerned citizen turns phone into RCMP

Face masks will be mandatory for customers at all Walmart locations

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen presents bursaries worth more than $40,000

Nine endowment funds provided bursaries to 20 students within region

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Molotov cocktails thrown at Revelstoke home in arson attempt

The flames were extinguished before they spread

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

Fire at Marble Point near Sicamous now under control

Two days of work on the fire has reduced its size and controlled it

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

Most Read