Friday, July 11, 2008

When they show up unannounced...


What do you do when your husband takes the dog for a walk and comes home with something like this? It was all curled up in the middle of the sidewalk, shivering in the cold and trying to sun itself. It's little eyes were matted shut and it was very frightened. Well, the last thing we needed was another mouth to feed, but you can't turn away something that needs your help, so this is our new baby. This picture was taken about a week and a half ago, he has grown since then. I intended to photograph him a little more regularly, but he moves so fast now, most of the pictures are blurry. He has graduated from formula to kitten food and is becoming strong and healthy. He loves playing and finds Q-tips much more fun than toys. Our poodle has become a good buddy, but the border collie is still a little afraid of him. You would be afraid, too, if you saw a little yellow ball of fluff scooting across the floor at you. Our cat does not know about him yet.

Kitten in a Basket
Pastel, 5 x 7
Available through "Art Helping Animals"
20% of the sale of this painting
will be donated to
Tabby's Place, a Cat Sanctuary

This is a pastel of a little tabby kitten that showed up at the house of my husband's parents. My father-in-law warned my mother-in-law not to feed it or she would never get rid of it...
They named him Tiger. My father-in-law was sure he was an exceptionally intelligent cat, and my mother-in-law talked to him as if he were a child. He is about 8 years old now and still loves baskets and boxes. He watches the world go by through a big picture window.

Both of these little guys were fortunate to find loving homes, but many strays do not. Please, please make sure all your pets are spayed or neutered. And visit my friends at Art Helping Animals, a group of online artists who love animals and donate a portion of their sales to animal charities.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely precious! Yes...that's how we wound up with ours, too. :-)