Tudy

Kitty Report

In case you're wondering...here's an update on our kitten rescue. She's been to the veterinarian for all the required poking and checking.  The studio now has a litter box made from a wide rubber bowl I used to use for plaster mixing.  I'm relieved that she took to it immediately (she's frequently relieved as well...)  Food and water are under the bottom step and kitten toys are strewn about the floor.

Some of our favorite candidates for her name included: "Maizy" (like corn), "Honda" (like our car), "10-4" (date we met), "Lazer Cat" (of SNL fame), "Jenny" (from the book series "Jenny and the Cat Club"), "Inky" (refering to her color and an art supply...not to mention the Pac Man ghost),  "Tom-popo" (the fun-to-say Japanese word for dandelion), and my 4-year old niece's idea..."Pet" (for obvious reasons).  Jenny, my wife, realized with her sister, Rebecca, that 10-4 was not only the day we met kitty, but also their late grandmother's birthday.  Grandma Ruth was nicknamed Tudy as a girl and it stuck through adulthood.  In honor of Grandma Ruth...kitty is named "Tudy" (properly pronounced /tuh-dee/).

After a few days of hiding everywhere we never thought possible, she's now enjoying some snuggle time.  Tudy sports a lovely red collar not unlike Jenny's scarf from Jenny and the Cat Club.

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New studio assistant...

Well, I didn't see this coming.  Against all odds, this kitten stuck with our family through a ride under the hood of our car, abandonment in a country ditch and 2 subsequent guilt-ridden rescue attempts from said ditch.  My wife has some strong allergies to cat dander, yet this little furry orphan activated her maternal instincts.  She's the one who finally carried the frightened creature back to the car.  I'll admit to being a softy here too! I'm pleased to host the kitten in the studio indefinitely.  I've always wanted a studio assistant!  Of course, I'm looking at the studio differently now.  We've already witnessed some cat acrobatics that recasts the studio as a big jungle gym.  There are all sorts of perches and nooks that I never noticed and plenty of items that I need to tuck safely away.  My oil painting palette makes me a little nervous.

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I'm no expert, but I think this is a female kitten.  She is yet unnamed.  Any suggestions?

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