Friday, July 12, 2024
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Happy Jelly Bean Day!

Jelly Bean with jelly beans.
Still life with cat and jelly beans.

Because of a certain colorful candy Jelly Bean thinks it’s all about him. Whichever holiday you observe today, we hope you have a blessed celebration with family and friends and lots of good food.

And because I can never take only one photo once I get going, here are a few more photos of Jelly Bean with his namesake. Yes, jelly beans can be a choking hazard for cats, and if they manage to eat them can cause some gastric upset, but no cats or beans were harmed in this photo shoot. Hard to believe these photos are from 2013!



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Great Rescues Day Book

Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

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2 thoughts on “Happy Jelly Bean Day!

  • What a cute name for a kitty! We have a list of names that we’ve decided would be great cat names, but when a new cat arrives, they sorta name themselves!

    • That happens here too! When I foster litters, especially, I started years ago finding a theme for each one, which often helped encourage adoption of more than one because their names were related, so I had sets, but then I’d also come up with other names for them. I named Mimi for the opera “La Boheme”, and so her kittens had character names as well. JB was “Rodolfo”, but later when they were up for adoption–and they were for months–I changed their names and gave him one of those “saved” names, which is how he got to be Jelly Bean, it was a cute and adoptable name, but at the same time I called him Guy, for “little guy” because he was decidedly the runt. But JB ended up the winner.


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