Joey, the black cat, proved to be more useful than Weston, the guard dog, to a rural Newfoundland couple over the weekend.

The two-and-a-half-year-old rescue from Toronto woke up owner Scott White in the wee hours Sunday morning to alert him that a slow cooker was burning in the kitchen

“It was about 4:30 in the morning and for Joey to be trying to wake us up is unusual,” said White, 30 who lives with his fiance, Ashika Iqbal, in a house in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, about 15 minutes from St. John’s.

“We’ve had him for two and half years and this was the first time. Like he was pacing back and forth on the bed. He was standing on my chest. He had his paw on my cheek, desperately trying to wake me up,” White said.

“As soon as I awoke and I could smell the burning dinner from the kitchen, it didn’t take long to get out of bed.”

Joey, a cat that woke up its owner in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s when there was a fire in the kitchen.

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White said he discovered a haze in the air and the slow cooker burning so he cracked open a window and left the fan range on.

Weston, a 10-month-old mutt who White says barks very loudly whenever anyone comes to the door, didn’t even wake up.

“No, he didn’t,” White said with a laugh. “He and my fiance were in bed together and the two of them slept through it.”

So leave it to Joey, the firefighting cat.

Joey, a cat that woke up its owner in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s when there was a fire in the kitchen.

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Scott White

“We joke that he’s more like the dog than the dog is,” said White. “He’ll play fetch. If you throw something, he’ll bring it back. He’s always underfoot. Like if I leave the room, he wants to come wherever I’m going.

“(Since Sunday), when he gets in our laps, I’ve been a bit more patient with him. He did get some extra treats in the morning.”

White and his fiance, both Newfoundland natives, lived for six years in Toronto, which is where they got Joey in December 2017 from Toronto Cat Rescue.

“We always joke that he’s worth his weight in gold but he’s proven it,” said White.





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