Could They Not Pick Sam?
do every year, I purchased the Cat-A-Day Calendar for 2002
in hopes I would finally see Sam, my adorable feline, gracing
one of the 365 days. Once again, he didnt make the cut.
And I just dont understand why! Here he is, photogenic,
beautiful, with lots of character in incredibly cute positions,
and he never gets chosen! Herman has tried to explain to me
that each one of the pictures in the calendars a complex of
fine photography, artistic placement, and clarity. Im
also guessing they must get literally thousands of entries
my thing. Sam is the most beautiful animal even when not cutely
posed. Now, I realize I may be prejudiced here, as was pointed
out to me by Cleveland Amory, the author of such wonderful
books as "The Best Cat Ever," and "The Cat
Who Came for Christmas." Im just naming two of
his books, which I highly recommend to anyone even if youre
not a cat lover. Herman told me about this author several
years ago and I have enjoyed him in print and most especially
on tape as he is an excellent reader of his own writings.
always said a house is not a home without a cat and I am thinking
I will always feel that way. Sam had a very difficult time
adjusting to this new house, but in reality it only lasted
about 24 hours. The first day he just roamed around crying
from room to room. Which, of course, broke my heart. As of
this writing, he is basically ruling the roost, stretching
out as only a cat can do in the front windows gazing at the
lake and taking it all in. He will pause briefly for a much
needed yawn or stretch and will occasionally clean his feet.
he is content surveying the area drenched in sun. Oh yes,
and then there is bed making. Or rather unmaking. Herman just
said this morning that he is back up to his old tricks. Meaning,
he makes the bed and Sam terrorizes it by attacking all covers
and pillows. To me, this is a sure sign that he is content
to be here. That and the fact that he is once again chasing
his toy mice and boot strings when Herman goes out to shovel
the snow in the yard. The big difference now is that when
he runs and chases his toys, the space is so much larger than
in the other house that he winds up sliding clear across the
floor, which is hilarious to watch!
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"