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story.lead_photo.caption Bonnie and Clyde look for customers at Atlanta Athletics. Michele Talley, left, and Heather Wilson, owner and employee respectively, are glad to share the area with the two cats. Photo by Neil Abeles / Texarkana Gazette.

ATLANTA, Texas — When the customer come to Atlanta Athletics, they will have to face Bonnie and Clyde.

But not to worry, Bonnie will hide and Clyde will lie down, stretched out on the floor awaiting a fur rub.

The two are cats and full-time residents of the local store. They've been so for about a year, or ever since they were kittens, belonging to owner Michele Talley.

Clyde, the white cat, is very friendly. Let him hear the front door open and he comes running, even from the back, to meet whomever arrives. Bonnie, the black cat, is a little more prim. Some customers she likes, others she ignores.

Both like the Federal Express delivery man. Perhaps the boxes keep the
cats curious.

Clyde is in charge of customer relations.

"We have people come in just to see the cats," employee Heather Wilson said. "And Clyde seems to want to meet everyone. Just goes up and lays down on the floor in front of them, most of the time."

The cats are healthy and happy. Clyde will hardly let Bonnie out of his sight. He's also easily picked up and patient when held.

Bonnie has no expression and gives off no hint of what she's thinking.

Clyde's eyes seem to say, "Yeah, I know. It strange for me, too, to be meeting you here. But since we are, let's just deal with it, OK?"

Then, he awaits that rub.

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