|My aquarelle coloured pencil drawing of Pumpkin.|
|Rupert and Archie holding "hands" - a picture of contentment.|
Meet Hugo, the newest member of the household. He may be small at just 8 weeks old but he's already showing signs that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with, not unlike his "uncle" Rupert. When he arrived just a few days ago he marched out of the cat carrier, sized up the situation, and started to play. Just like that, he made himself at home.
He has displayed a particular liking for shoes, particularly pink ones, and it matters not whether a human foot is inside them. I have learned to keep my ankles covered.
He and Rupert have hit things off pretty much from the start. Rupert, during the course of his long life, has seen cats and dogs come and go from this house. Some were long-term family members, others were short-term fosters, and others were simply guests. He has taken each one in stride. There is very little that has ever fazed Rupert and Hugo has posed no exception. As I write this they are snoozing together on the sofa, big and little, senior and baby orange cats together.
|Rupert and Hugo's first encounter.|
Hugo tries to show just how big and tough he is.
Archie, on the other hand, has not been quite so gracious - in fact he's been quite stand-offish and even downright rude to the little guy. However, I can see he's intrigued with Hugo's playful antics and I'm confident it won't be long before they're frolicking together.
If all goes as expected, Hugo will be a cherished member of my family for the next couple of decades. During that time he will amuse and at times annoy (while I've been writing this he woke up, jumped on the keyboard twice... no ... three times, attacked my elbow, climbed on my head, and irritated Rupert enough that he decided to go find a more peaceful spot for his evening nap).
Hugo will be my friend, companion, and confidant, and there's absolutely no doubt he'll inspire some art just as those who went before him have done. And it won't be the first time an orange cat has been my muse.
|My silk painting "Orange Cat and Red Geraniums"|
Both Hugo and Archie were adopted via the good folks at the Katie's Place Cat Shelter - an amazing non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of cats and kittens.