LOVES PARK, Ill (WIFR) -- With balloons in tow and signs on the float, or in this case wheel chair, Ken and Katie Rorheim’s 10-year-old Siamese cat, Wilbert was his own parade’s grand marshal, as well as its only participant.
"I invited everybody, they just couldn't make it," Ken joked.
Monday will be the first time Wilbert will have ever been away from the Rorheim’s. Ken is having back surgery in Milwaukee so the couple threw their cat his own two-block-parade to the boarding facility Mostly Cats in Loves Park.
"We're going to go see him in the penthouse,” said Ken. “It was a $1 more so he can look out the window at the birds.”
"It was kind of a geriatric parade," added Katie.
The couple has been inseparable for 42 years and Katie assures 23 News that a hospital room isn't going to change that.
"He can't get rid of me,” she teased. “I've been in every room he's ever been in.”
“Yeah, we're kind of joined at the hip,” Ken agreed.
“Well, my hip is better than his but we're still joined there anyway," Katie fired back.
The Rorheim’s say the can’t wait until Wilbert can join them again, and although they know he hated his parade with every irritated ‘Meow’ the Rorheim’s hope Wilbert appreciated the gesture.