Monday, October 12, 2009

Home At Last

Throughout the years, as I have been painting professionally, I have met lots of wonderful people who had rescued their cat companions from shelters. Sometimes they commissioned me to paint them and often they just sent me photos. [While folks often bring their dogs to art shows and art markets to meet me, it doesn't work so well with cats]
"Home At Last" is a composite of five cats who each have their own stories of perilous beginnings, but have now found their furever families and homes. I put them all together in one composition as a tribute to all of the lucky ones who do get adopted.
Linus-the orange tabby, was homeless and rescued after hurricane Katrina. His family went to the shelter in South Louisiana to retrieve their neighbor's dog, but when they saw Linus he went home with them as well. Saki-the Siamese, found his pampered self dumped at a shelter when his elderly owner died and no family member wanted him. He was horrified to say the least and made his protests known to all within the sound of his very loud voice. His adoption prospects dwindled as no one wanted to adopt one very loud cat. Then, one day in walked a man, who after many years of playing music in a rock band, was at the least partially deaf. It was love at first sight for both of them! He loves Saki's voice-he says Saki is singing to him. Beau-the Persian, was doomed to be a stud in a kitty mill but he didn't want to perform, so he was unloaded to a shelter in Texas. Everyone loved him because he was so beautiful, but Persians are very high maintenence so it took a while for his new family to find him. Now he has monthly salon appointments, the finest foods and all of the love in the world. Cleo-the Calico, was picked up as a stray, pregnant and obviously mistreated. She was taken to the city pound in South Alabama where she had two beautiful kittens. In eight weeks the kittens quickly found good homes, but Cleo was very thin and not pretty at all. One of the workers at the shelter mentioned Cleo's story to her aunt who had recently lost her 18 year old cat. She said she would take Cleo, feed her healthy foods so maybe if she looked healthier, she would be adopted. Can you guess the end of Cleo's story? That's right, she and the shelter worker's aunt have been very happy together for five years now. Duchess-the Gray Tabby, did not begin her life as Duchess. She was taken from a home in a very abusive situation. The investigating officer was so horrified at the situation,as soon as she could get permission from the court, she adopted Duchess. She has made it her mission to make up to Duchess for all of the bad things and they are truly happy together. They are a pair of very strong ladies.
[Please note, all of these cats were spayed or neutered before they could be adopted]