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    How Could They Not Pick Sam?

    As I 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 didn’t make the cut. And I just don’t 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. I’m also guessing they must get literally thousands of entries each year.

    But here’s 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." I’m just naming two of his books, which I highly recommend to anyone even if you’re 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.

    I’ve 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.

    But usually 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"