Look closely and you’ll see two cats on each edge of the photo. It’s Namir on the left, right by the doorknob, and Mr. Peach on the right, sitting on the counter by the kitchen doorway, in May 2007. They were the two-cat greeting committee at that point in time. Customers from printers and print brokers would visit to drop off work, but first they had to greet the cats.
And here’s what it looked like when you opened the door. Namir may look like he’s shying away, but he’s actually ready to fall over on his side so he can give the guest a full belly view. Mr. Peach is awaiting the feel of a friendly hand on his head and neck. It’s a wonder anyone got past them.
I fostered Mr. Peach for a friend whose husband was doing allergy testing from February to June that year. If it turned out allergies were cat based they would try medications, and if that didn’t work I would keep Mr. Peach and they would visit and give me money to support his care. The allergies were not to cats so they happily took him back. You can read more about Mr. Peach and see more photos here.
Namir wasn’t too happy about this interloper who was trying to steal attention that was rightfully his. EVERYONE had to greet Namir when they came in the door, and he used the countertop there as his staging ground. Mr. Peach was a big, soft orange boy who squinted and blinked at you and people loved him. It always worked out well, though.
The funny thing was that Mr. Peach had been an indoor-outdoor cat at his former home, but he stayed inside here and was very happy with that. All he had to do was sit there and someone would show up to pet him, how good was that?
I am grateful that most of my customers through the years either loved cats or at least tolerated them. Who could resist?
Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.
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Namir turns his gaze up to me, enchanting me with his “bedroom eyes” as we spend a morning in the garden. To visitors and to me, once he is sure he has you under his spell he turns on those famous bedroom eyes, narrowing them just enough so they looked mysteriously slanted and angling up a tourmaline glance, as if sharing a secret, looking totally exotic (he thinks), purring joyfully, certain you belong to him completely. This photo is available framed or unframed, on canvas or on paper on Portraits of Animals. You can find this photo in my gallery of Feline Photos.
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