In this issue of The Lady :
What cat lover does not imbue their own little
puss with extraordinary powers that elevate
them far above the average moggie? My own
cat, Lulu Guinness, seems to me to be a genius.
Her capacity for sniffing out the cat treats is
unparalleled. Our cover star, Tabitha, was a well-known 1950s
beauty queen who never failed to get first prize for the best stripy
coat. But compared to Tink from
Shropshire, who saved her family
from a house fire, or Prince Smokey
from Staffordshire, who prevented
his owner from having a heart attack,
their skills are woefully lacking. But
then Tink and Prince Smokey are in the final to become Cat of
the Year – a title truly deserved by all 15 finalists.
Charlotte Fairbairn’s granny’s donkey, Spot, on the other
hand, was used to having things done for him. By Charlotte’s
account he was a prize thug who took no prisoners, but he did get
to travel in a Daimler. History doesn’t relate whether the painter
Georgia O’Keeffe kept pets, but what she did have was a unique
ability for giving us images from nature that were other-worldly.
Rather like the tiny masterpieces designed for our dolls’ house
interiors piece this week. Two-inch-high Aga, anyone?
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