Last May, Holly the swimming cat stole our hearts.

Since then, Holly – a Domestic Medium Haired cat belonging to our staff member Dani Lawhorne – has become a celebrity! Holly’s a very special and unique swimming kitty and is being recognized for her brave, water-defying aquatic exercise activity.

Holly’s swims at Olde Towne Pet Resort were noticed by Channel 8’s The Pet Show with Dr. Katy J. Nelson. The cute kitty’s swims resonated with the local vet-turned-tv-host and before you knew it, Dr. Katy and her film crew arrived at our Dulles pet resort location to video little Holly in big swimming action.

The theme of the video segment was focused on pet obesity, exercise and health.

Two dogs were filmed swimming followed then by Holly who turned heads and caused a sensation as Dr. Katy and her crew watched in awe. Who knew cats could and would swim? And with adorable life jacket and all!

During all this crew and filming excitement, one of our team members began to live tweet and before you knew it, one of the tweets caught the eye of People.com. A phone call later, we learned People Magazine wanted to feature Holly in their “PeoplePets” column!

And that’s where it all started …

Suddenly, in less than 24 hours, requests for Holly the swimming cat photos, videos and phone interviews with Dani deluged our pet resorts. Requests from as far away as Malaysia and Finland and as close to home as Baltimore and Washington DC poured into Dulles.

Not even a week later, the Holly craze continues and we see no immediate end in sight. We just wrapped a new, additional segment with The Pet Show.

This is in the heels of requests for more video from other key and national media outlets.

All the while, Holly remains 100% oblivious to the media craze surrounding her feline swimming antics. Despite the likes of Good Morning America, PawNation.com, Reddit.com and many, many others who have featured her in aquatic motion, Holly is the same loving, down-to-earth, quiet kitty she always has been. and continues to enjoy her swimming sessions at the Olde Towne Pet Resort!

We’ll keep you posted as the Holly love-fest-around-the-world frenzy continues!

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