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Okay, maybe this is quite self-indulgent, but I'm so proud I could burst! And to be clear, I came in 2nd, not 1st. But, hey my little Nellie-Belle was chosen out of all those entries nationwide--I knew she looked cute, but not prize-worthy. Who am I to disagree with the judges?! I've already gotten 630 hits on her picture and it's still climbing....
Now, most kitties are stubborn and down right ornery when it comes to this sort of thing, but not Nellie. She never tries to take a hat or costume off. I've been dressing her up for photos to use as my holiday cards since she was a pup--er--kitten. When I put one on her now she sort of looks a bit humiliated, stares at me and then bares one tooth (her signature smile) and sighs as if to say "Take yer dang picture!" So I do! Some of the best shots I've taken were when she moves out of a position I think would make a great photo, and poses herself.
Nellie isn't a lap cat to be sure, but she's a self-assured, sweet, and very friendly little girl. She greets everyone who comes to my door, then leads them into the livingroom constantly looking back several times to make sure she's being followed! If not, she'll round you up and set you straight.
Everyone is also amazed that she not only lets me cut her claws she'll actually put her paw out when I grab the cutters. Not one of those new-fangled safety-rotor-drilly-sander type things, but the old-fashioned scissor type.
Nellie came to me as a surprise gift from a friend 10 years ago. Now, folks, don't get me wrong, but I've always been a true dog-lover at heart and still prefer them. But this tubby, 13 pound, green eyed, gray, uselees lump of fur has won my soul, gotten under my skin and taught me how to respect these beautiful, treasured animals. As for her? Well, she's Queen of her Catdom (aka my home)
I guess I just want all you animal lovers out there to know that putting a silly costume on a pet isn't always for laughs--sometimes there's a bit of glory knocking at your door, too.
Thanks for listening,
Your friend, Lori