"At a rather young age, he starting begging to go outside," Crane said. "I would let him out the back door and watch from my upstairs kitchen window."
Slowly but surely, Crane began to give Rex more and more freedom to explore the neighborhood — liberty he'd take full advantage of. In his wanderings, Rex would make acquaintances with most everyone he'd meet, sometimes even preceding Crane with neighborly introductions.
"I think a lot of people around here are excited to see a friendly kitty," Crane said.
The other day, however, Crane learned that Rex was doing more than merely paying visits to folks passing by outside.