When Heart of Telluride owners, Katrine and Bill Formby, purchased the building that now houses their beautifully remodeled penthouse and condo in downtown Telluride, the 1970s building needed a lot of work. Doors didn’t shut well, and one of the windows by the hot tub upstairs wouldn’t stay latched. My family of four was bedding down for the night for our first stay in the unit and we had checked everything for security. All was well. Night-night, sleep tight.
About 3:00 am, with no warning, something heavy suddenly landed square in the middle of my chest. I shrieked. My husband knocked over a lamp and careened into the nightstand. The kids came running from the other bedroom. There on my chest was a monstrous, purring, happy-as-you-please, yellow cat.
The cat was put out the back door and we put our giggling kids back to bed, all the while trying to figure out how the cat got in, checking doors and windows. The kids decided the cat should be named “the Condo Cat”. We laughed and went back to bed. Just as we were settling down (and my heart was back in a regular rhythm), round two arrived. The Condo Cat was back – same scenario exactly. By then we were laughing ourselves silly and the kids were in our bed playing with the cat. The Condo Cat was enjoying himself immensely, his motor running loud and strong. The kids wanted him in bed with them. Oh why not, we said. We were all totally wired by then anyway.
The window that wouldn’t properly latch has long since been replaced by beautiful French doors, but I found it sweet that the first time we all stayed in the remodeled condo several years later, the kids asked, “But Mom, where’s the Condo Cat?”