Since I’ve previously made reference to KC, Lord of the Serengetti, and his temperment, I’ll share a story about him.
The year was 1998. It was not a dark and stormy night. It was actually a mild and pleasant afternoon. At the time, I was living in a second floor apartment. All entry doors opened to an outside balcony. Said entryway consisted of both a solid wood door and a glass stormdoor. I was outside, firing up the grill. My neighbor, as he had many times before, stepped outside to smoke and shoot the breeze. KC, His Lordship, was supervising the proceedings through the glass door. Unbeknownst to me, Neighbor’s Dad was visiting, and brought along his Great Dane. Neighbor’s Dad affixed a leash to said Great Dane, and brought the dog out on to the balcony to join the party.
KC, His Lordship, went absolutely apeshit. We’re talking every hair standing straight out, fangs inexplicably quintupled in size, claws fully locked and loaded, making noises previously thought utterly impossible above the 7th Circle of Hell, and launches himself at the glass door. Great Dane entered full-blown OH SHIT PANIC mode, and proceeded to drag Neighbor’s Dad to the end of the balcony, down the stairs, and across the parking lot. His Lordship, fully manifested in Demon Kitty Enraged mode, continues to launch himself vigorously at the glass door. Seeing as how his Lordship was a 20+ pound maine coon mix, the latch on said glass door was beginning to show signs of strain. Neighbor is frantically chasing after Neighbor’s Dad–still bouncing along behind panic-stricken Great Dane. I’m almost unable to assist at all, in that I’m using the balcony railing for support and overcome with laughter. Finally, summoning reserves of strength previously unknown to mankind, I snatch open the door, boot his Lordship out of the way*, and pull the main door shut. By this time, Neighbor’s Dad has skinned knees, but Great Dane has finally stopped over near the pool. Heads are popping out of other apartments, and general mayhem ensued. Neighbor later told me Great Dane would never again climb those steps, even years after I’d moved elsewhere.
*I do not generally condone booting Feline Overlords, but it was necessary at the time. I later shared my steak with him…as he knew I would, and all was well.