Seven years ago I painted this watercolor of my beautiful tuxedo girl Melissa and included it in an art show called 50/50. The show featured artwork that was half mine and half by my friend Mary (and we both would be 50 years old that year), hence the name.
|Melissa Mittens, copyright 2006 Susan Faye|
A longtime friend of the family came to the show and stood for a long time in front of that painting. With misty eyes and a slight catch in her throat she said, "That's my Spats!" It turned out that Spats had recently passed away and he had been a particularly special friend. She had to have the painting, and we laughed as I quickly changed the title of the painting from "Melissa" to "Spats".
Tuxedo cats are like that. They steal your heart. (Okay, okay, it's not just tuxedo cats, it could be any cat. But this is the one that stole MY heart)...
She was The Most Special One. Melissa Mittens was a lightweight wisp of a cat with fur of midnight black velvet, and mittens of snowy white. A fearless mouser, she was the feisty type with a sly sense of humor, and loved to play hide and seek, politely taking turns being "It". I could read her mind and she could read mine. We went through thick and thin together for 14 years. She saw me through some very difficult times. She was one very special tuxedo girl and I still miss her terribly. My eyes are misting up and I have a slight catch in my throat.
|Cat Lady Wendy with friends Sele and Bella|
(to see all of the photos posted so far, click on "posts by others" in the drop-down box at the top of the posts.)
In general, a tuxedo cat is described as one with a white chest patch and white paws, resembling a man's dress jacket by the same name, usually black with satin lapels, worn for formal or semi-formal occasions. The white paws give the look of formal-wear gloves and spats, a white covering for dress shoes worn in times-gone-by. Sometimes there is a white blaze on the face too.
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Wearable Art for Tuxedo Cat Lovers...
Brand new pendants and earrings with either long-hair or short-hair tuxedo cats,
with four different background colors to choose from...
|Longhair Tuxedo Pendants can be purr-sonalized with a name on the back|
|earrings feature sterling silver earwires|
|Shorthair Tuxedo Pendants can be purr-sonalized with a name on the back|
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|Color choices are Rosy Pink, Sweet Violet, Robin Egg Blue, or Apple Green|
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