Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DANTE AS GARDEN ORNAMENT

One of Dante's primary responsibilities in summer (or any season for that matter) was to adorn the landscape.

 Here he is imitating the green garden cat beside him.


And here I zoom in for a close-up.  There's no imitating that!




Sunday, August 21, 2016

DANTE HAS CARMA!

Here's a picture from 2007; the one that started it all.


By starting it all, I mean beginning my online posting of pictures of Dante.  I had just gotten a new digital camera for my birthday, and this was one of my first test shots.

Being very pleased with the results, I sent the picture via email to Dante's breeder at Lacocoon Cattery.  He was so thrilled with it that he suggested I join an online kitty-lover group called "Kittyworld".  He was part of this group which communicated by emailing pictures of their cats upon which other members would comment (also by email).

The founder of "Kittyworld" was Carm Cole of Buffalo, NY who apparently fell off her chair when she first saw this photo of Dante.  She had eight cats of her own, but was partial to red tabbies, and even more fond of Maine Coons (having several herself).

Ultimately Carm and I became great friends online, and even met for dinner when she and her husband visited Ottawa in August of 2008.  She was thrilled to see Dante in PURRson.


Here is a picture of Carm meeting Dante for the very first time.

Carm was the one who eventually encouraged me to start a blog.  I was skeptical, at first, but it proved to be a perfect fit for me and blogging became a full time affair.  Joining the Cat Blogosphere also opened up my world to many new cat-loving friends.

Unfortunately, Carm passed away in February of 2015, and now Dante has joined her.  I can only hope that they have found each other.  Carm was such a loving person, and Dante a loving pussycat.


Forever and always, Carm and Dante!



Friday, August 19, 2016

DANTE: SIMPLY PRICELESS!

Here's Dante on a trip to the local Petsmart in 2008.

He normally rode around on top of a cushion I placed in the child seat of the shopping basket. However, when we arrived at the checkout counter he always disembarked, usually to the delight of the cashier (although this one seems more astonished than anything).

I thought that taking Dante to the store was good for his socialization, and also helped him get used to the car.  It was a short trip, and he always knew when we were going home.  He would jump into the back seat of the car instead of being carried (of course he was on his leash the whole time).

And I immortalized this particular image into an absolutely PURRiceless LOL-Cat!



Monday, August 15, 2016

DANTE: POWER OF THE PAW

Dante had very large paws.  Of course they were just in proportion to the rest of him, but were very substantial indeed.

 Not only were they large, but also very expressive.


He often used them to make a point.

Or for digging.


However, the best use of his paws was to show how much he loved me.  Dante wasn't a lap cat, but he liked to lie close beside me.  His favourite resting spot was on the back of the couch immediately behind me.

He LOVED having his paw held, and would often place it in my hand, himself.  If you removed, it he just lifted up his paw asking me to hold it once again.

I felt such love for Dante, that during each paw-holding session I would squeeze it gently -- off and on, off and on.  To my surprise one day a few years back he recriprocated!

I have tried to describe Dante's hand-squeezing to my friends, as I was often asked "How did he do that?"

Well, with his paw in my hand he would extend his claws and then retract them mimicking the same off-and-on motion that I had just done with him.  From then on, it was a daily ritual.  And now I equate the 'Power of the Paw' with unconditional love.  This is another legacy that Dante has left because, truly, I will never forget it as long as I live.





Saturday, August 13, 2016

DANTE: "VERRRRRRRRY INTERESTING"!

Here's another enlightening picture of Dante from 2009.  Even then he loved to sit in amongst the bushes; these ones actually belonged to our next-door neighbours.  He liked to conceal himself and observe from within.  You might even say he was 'spying'.



If you are as old as I am, i.e., someone who grew up in the '60s, you may be able to relate.  This picture of Dante always reminds me of Artie Johnson (of the TV Show 'Laugh-In') whose German spy character was always peering through bushes and remarking on what he saw as being ....


... "Verrrrrrrrrry Interesting!"

I sure hope there are lots of bushes on the Bridge from which Dante can still watch.  It's rather comforting to think he'll always be looking out for us.  And we, in turn, will always be thinking about him.