Hobbes Five-year-old orange tabby Owned by Sheri Coull St. Thomas, Ontario HOBBES, a five-year-old orange tabby cat saved the life of his owner Sheri Coull, waking her up late one night because her apartment was on fire. Sheri’s smoke detector had failed to go off, but Hobbes’ persistent ‘yowling’ woke members of the household enabling them to raise the alarm and vacate the apartment building. Within minutes it was engulfed in thick smoke and poisonous carbon-monoxide fumes.