'Puss-in-Boots' was a French fairytale written in the late 17th Century by Charles Perrault.  The youngest son of a miller receives the cat as inheritance from his father; rather disgruntled at first, he nonetheless gives Puss the pair of boots that he requests.  Immediately loyal, the cat begins catching game in the forest and leaves it as a gift for the king, claiming that his master is a Marquis.  A little while later, he pursuades the young man to take a swim in a river, only to immediately hide his clothes. When the king and his daughter pass by in their coach, Puss calls for their attention, saying that the generous young Marquis has been robbed.  They come to his aid, and the princess falls in love with him.  Puss then scampers off ahead, warning people he meets to go along with the story; he then comes across a castle which is occupied by an ogre.  Through his cunning, the cat convinces the ogre to turn himself into a mouse.  He does so, and Puss kills him.  When the king arrives at the castle, he believes it to belong to the miller's son, and gives permission for him to marry the princess.  Puss-in-Boots is made a lord.  Whilst there were some concerns at the time about the lack of morality in this tale - dishonesty and deviousness do afterall win the day - it has also been viewed as a story which celebrates the loyalty of domestic pets and the bond between humans and animals.