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.

© 2021 Phil Perkins

Dog Watching Sunset

Somethings intrigue all creatures, such as a beautiful evening sunset over the ocean. I hope that you enjoy this image, a digital collage of two photographs with enhanced detail, tonal adjustments and texture added. Visit my gallery at Pixels to see more. Thanks for stopping by!

I used free photographs from unsplash.com, including this dog and sunset.

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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Dog In The Window

Many moons ago, in a distant land referred to as Kalamazoo, a slow, low-to-the-ground basset hound named “Flash” posed for a picture in an apartment window.

He was a cantankerous dog, rather dim-witted and liked to howl loudly. And, if you looked at him in a manner he deemed inappropriate, Flash would express his displeasure rather quickly by means of a moderately-firm bite. Ouch!

How this graphic design came to be is somewhat unusual.

I took this photograph in 1997 using Kodak film in an analog camera. Several years later – probably 2005 – I owned a simple digital camera and a more ‘modern’ computer with creative software. At that time, I had the idea that I could take a digital photograph of the film negative, and use it in some fashion as an element of a future design. That point in time was this morning.

I used both Abode Photoshop & Affinity Photo to craft this graphic design, now available for purchase in the following galleries:

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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.