If you’ve been reading The Creative Cat for any length of time you’ve seen this photo before. It’s one of my favorites, for obvious reasons—who wouldn’t love the sweet fragile 20-year-old Peaches with her perfect head tilt, and the big, young and handsome three-year-old Giuseppe by her side. He wasn’t there for the food, but he literally and figuratively stood by her until the end, curling her up and curving his body around her, giving her baths and vigilantly following her around the house from the time he was about one year old in July 2008, and especially in her last months.
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Hey, Giuseppe wants to be sick too, if he gets as much attention as Peaches does, and all that great food!
Did you ever feel that way when you were a kid? My brother was accident prone and I really got tired of everyone doting on him—I never even had a tooth pulled. Well, now I’m glad, but then it would have been nice to get little get-well gifts.
So Giuseppe at least wants Peaches to share her food—after all, he’s the one who keeps her warm and gives her little baths. I do give Giuseppe lots of love and kisses for taking care of his little big sister, and in the end he’s fine with that.
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I took this photo and shared it immediately on October 17, 2010; Peaches died on October 20, 2010.
She was looking right at me, her slightly clouded eyes knowing just where I was, and if you look closely you can see her head is just slightly out of focus; she’d been having some sort of seizures now and then where she simply lost the use of one of her hind legs, and by this time she had developed a tiny tremor. I love her direct and determined expression, and I knew what it said: she’d come to me at age 15 after losing her first human so we’d only had five years together and she’d enjoyed every bit of it, she was determined to make the most out of every last moment she had. As it turned out, she only had three more days, but that delicate little waif was stronger than steel for wringing the best out of her days. Read more about my remarkable and inspiring little senior rescue, Peaches, and her entourage of young followers, especially her famous escort, Giuseppe.
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There it is, that moment that turns on all the lights for me…one of my cats in the sun, the conditions that have inspired most of my portraits. Cats are creatures of habit, and Peaches chose this spot to have her after-dinner bath every day for a few weeks when the sun was right; I knew it was a keeper whether a photo or a painting, so I photographed it several times over a period of several days, knowing I’d use at least one photo or all the photos as reference to create one painted image. Read more, and purchase.
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