As I said before, I am a big time cat lover. I collect cats of all kinds, big and small, generic dime-store or limited-edition
collectibles. I have flea-market and garage-sale finds, Windstone Flapcats, Haagen-Reinekers, a Jim Beam bottle, even a home-made
crocheted kitty...I wonder if I could include the cat in MS-WORD as part of my collection. :)
|Scotland's Real Cameo
|Yeah, that's his name on paper, but around these parts, we just call him Laddie :-)
Laddie is a purebred Scottish Fold. True to the nature of his breed, he's very laid back and takes the
world as it comes. He's braved a trek from Oklahoma (where he was born) to Arizona, the transition from a home
in a small sun room in the mountains with his siblings to our 60x8 mobile home to our 990 square foot home, and the
addition of two members to our family, our son, Alexander, and our dog, Kavik. He suffered well the trials and
tribulations of the human part of his family being out of the home for three weeks while our house was being repaired after
the Great Flood of '02 (with frequent visits from us and a couple of visitation sessions at the hotel by him). These
pictures were taken at the hotel, where he quickly made himself at home...as soon as he was groomed!
|Really, I ought to get him a velvet pillow, he was such a good boy at the hotel!
The naming of cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games.
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter,
When I tell you a cat must have three different names.
First there's the name which the family use daily,
Such as Victor, or Jonathon, George, or Bill Bailey,
All of them sensible, everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames,
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter,
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quarum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coripicat,
Such as Bombaluring, or else, Jellylorum,
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond, there's still one name left over,
And that is a name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover,
BUT THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound concentration,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same,
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation,
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable, effable,
Deep and inscrutible, singular name.