Fred followed me down the driveway from our neighbor’s house on August 11th, 1995; he was still a kitten. Fred had the longest tail of any cat I have ever known. He also had impossibly thick fur. He was a nice guy, but liked to be alone. He liked staying in the cat fort atop the covered bridge I built for Kathy. However, the neighbors had a dog who was a cat killer, and that dog killed Fred on October 1st, 2004.