This is Puppy the cat’s entry for the category of ‘Cat on Quilt’ in the annual Pets on Quilts Show 2015 held at Lily Pad Quilting. Please head over to Lily Pad Quilting and take time to look at other cute animals in the link up. Starting on August 27th, you can vote for your favorite.
Puppy (the cat) is my constant companion. I honestly try very hard to keep him off of my quilts and quilting work, but he is a cuddle monster and quilt lover, so it can be a difficult proposition. He relishes his quilt inspector duties, and would love to test (nap with) every quilt I make.
I mean, who could resist that cute face? Certainly not me! 🙂
When I graduated from college, one of my first actions was to look for a cat companion. My boyfriend (now husband) was not keen on the idea of a cat, and to humor him I told him he could name the cat. So we jumped in our car and were on the way to a shelter. We drove by a vet that had a sign up front declaring “cat adoption today”. We turned around to check it out. It turned out that a small runt kitten had been at a kill shelter, and a tech from the vet office brought the kitten in to try to find it a home instead. Well, that tiny black and white bundle of fur attached itself to my shoulder, started purring, and it was love at first cuddle.
On the way home with our new companion, I asked what his name would be. The answer was definitive and planned: “Puppy”. Why not?! It turns out to have been an apt name as he is a very companionable fellow and gets to the door before we can if the doorbell rings. However, if we are displeased with him, you might hear us call him “Taco Head” or “Goober” or “Needy McWhiner” or other various silly nicknames.
I have several forms of cat distraction that I like to employ to keep Puppy off of quilts I am working on at his level. The first is to allow him to inspect the scrap batting when I am basting a quilt. This will tend to keep him pleased and off of the main event. But do you see that look in his eye? I think he knows that he isn’t really under a quilt after all…
My most employed strategy is to pull out a big box to let him play in when I need to be on the floor working with a quilt. It’s a tough call between whether he loves a box more than a quilt, but a good box with lots of strange shipping smells usually buys me the time I need.
There are times I just give up and let him have a lay on the quilt. In the case of the quilt above, which is being made for Mr. L, I know it is OK and welcomed by the owner of the quilt to have Puppy on the quilt. Mr. L and Puppy have a sweet friendship, and Puppy seems to know that he matches Mr. L’s quilt very well. Besides, what cat can resist a quilt that is in the sunshine? A double win!
Speaking of Mr. L, Puppy wanted to demonstrate just how well he fits on the mini quilt that Mr. L used as a quilting test piece.
Thanks for humoring me as I share some of my favorite photos of Puppy the cat on quilts from the past year. Don’t miss out on all the other adorable Pets on Quilts! And thanks again to Lily Pad Quilting and all the sponsors for this fun linky party / quilt show / pet show!