Tale of A Cat

Growing up on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in the small city of Marquette, our family always had pets. And, at one point, we owned a black-and-gray striped cat named Bootsy.

He was an indoor-outdoor cat, and, when inside, enjoyed sitting by the large picture window in the living room, at the front of the house.

There were lots of kids in the neighborhood at that time, so it was common for friends to come over and visit. We also had a doorbell with a glowing light.

Once, the doorbell rang and I went to see who it was, opening only the main door but not the screen door. I looked but nobody was there.

At that time, a common prank which children enjoyed was called ditching doorbells – ringing someone’s doorbell & running away.

Assuming this was the case, I closed the door and began to walk back into the house. Just then, it rang again. I turned around quickly and opened both doors, stepping out on to the front porch to see who it was – but, there was no person in sight.

However, an explanation quickly became apparent. It was our cat!

As the front porch was visible from the living room window, he could see people come to our house, press the glowing doorbell, hear the sound of the doorbell, and then watch us react by opening the door.

On his own, Bootsy learned he could get on the milk box, and then jump up on top of the mailbox, from which he could lean against the doorbell, letting us know when he wanted to come inside. That education was a game-changer for a cat.

The question: did we own the cat, or did he own us? I think the latter.

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Cat In A Chair

Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the time, this neighborhood cat would periodically enter through a small window opening of my upstairs apartment in an older house. Shelter from rain, comfortable seating and an occasional helping of tunafish from a can served to reinforce a friendship over time.

A variety of items featuring this graphic design are available in my galleries at Redbubble and Fine Art America.

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Tiger Print A-line Dress

Step out in style with this tiger print a-line dress, available in my gallery at Redbubble. Made in the USA with a loose, swing shape for an easy, flowy fit, it’s 97% polyester and 3% elastane woven fabric for a silky handfeel. Print covers entire front and back panel. Check it out…

Nefthus

I took this photograph in 2006 of our cat, Nefthus, who would frequency follow the sun around the house throughout the day, basking in its warmth. This particular scene from the office includes a desk (left), the shadow of venetian blinds (cast from right to left), a second set of taller venetian blinds (foreground, used as a room divider), and Nefthus, slumbering while sporting a recent hair cut. I thought that positioning the camera at an angle would serve to add interest, as well as changing the picture to black and white. See more in my gallery at Fine Art America.

Field Cat Waits For Night

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As the sun settles in the west, this hungry field cat listens acutely for any mice stirring in the grass. It’s time for dinner! The time may be right, as well, to consider adding some artwork to the walls of your home or office? Stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to see more…

Big Cat Tote Bag

 

Measuring 13″ by 13″ and printed on both sides, this fashionable tote bag is made of 100% spun polyester poplin fabric with a 1″ ide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14″ length). Featuring an abstract lioness design I created from a photograph, it would make a great gift for a student fond of animals. Enjoy!