CatConLA is Coming! 8 Days & Counting!

May 29, 2015

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It’s BIG! It’s NEW It’s going to be AMAZING!  I can’t believe the very first CatConLA is just a short drive away in downtown Los Angeles!

Being featured as “comic-con for cat people” the event promises a unique experience of art & design, merchandise, and seminars. Not to mention the guests speakers including Simon Tofield (Simon’s Cat), Ben Huh (ICANHASCHEEZBURGER) and Angie Bailey (CatLadyLand), plus, drum roll here, Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub!

Lil BUB, from internet photo

Lil BUB, from internet photo

I want to inject here that I mentioned these seemingly well-known people to some of my co-workers  at my part-time job and was greeted with blank stares. How could they not know about Simon’s Cat videos or sweet Lil Bub? Or the hilarious CHEEZBURGER photos?

CatConLA also is partnered with a good cause- FixNation, whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats with TNR management. Part of the proceeds of the event will be donated to this non-profit organization. There will also be on-site cat adoptions available at a super low cost by Best Friends Animal Society.

Cat shows are not like your ordinary pet shows. Of course there are the judging shows for all animals. But dog events might feature sporting (Frisbees), training (police dogs), agility & obstacle courses and more. Equestrian events can include racing, dressage or exciting rodeos. Cat shows, on the other hand, are a little “edgier”.  Not so much emphasis on their physical abilities but on their ability to make us revere them!

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What do I expect out of CatConLA?  Of course, I’ll be on the lookout for some new, unique product for my cat lover website, georgiasgifts.com as usual. And with the huge array of vendors with cat themed merchandise & clothes my personal budget will certainly be strained!  But I will also get to attend some great seminars with some popular cat experts, view creative art pieces of all types, and just enjoy a general happy atmosphere of cat people letting their true love of cats show in public. (I expect to see many dressed in their best cat gear & makeup).

I’ll follow-up after my trip to the event with my experience. Are you going to #CatConLA?  Would love to hear from you now & after also. Now, I just have to decide which cat shirt should I wear? Umm….


Do You Remember Orangey The Cat?

April 27, 2013

A few nights ago I watched the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man which is one of my old-time favorites.  If you have not seen it, there is a scene where the shrinking man is small enough to live in a doll house.  This works out okay until his cat gets left inside the large house with everyone else out for the evening. I think you can guess what happens next. (Don’t worry, after a great “cat & mouse” battle the man gets away).

Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man

Orangey looking fierce in The Incredible Shrinking Man

I started wondering about the cat in the movie and decided to do some research. Turns out this orange tabby is an award-winning feline actor!  He is the only double-winner of the Patsy Award, the animal kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscar. (PATSY stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year).  Orangey won his first award for his debut in the 1951 movie Rhubard, playing a baseball team-owning cat.

Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.

Movie poster for Rhubarb featuring Orangey the Cat.

Orangey won his second Patsy ten years later playing “Cat” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  His role was a homeless feline who visits Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn).  Here is a great You Tube video by Alex DeCosta showing all the clips from the movie that feature Orangey the Cat. It might be hard to believe but I had not seen this movie so the ending clips with “Cat” and Holly in the rain brought on some tears.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's with Orangey the Cat.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Orangey.

Orangey was trained by the famous animal trainer Frank Inn, known for many famous critter actors including Arnold the Pig on Green Acres and Higgins the Dog on Petticoat Junction.  As a single cat can only master a few tricks, Frank trained a crew of look-alikes to work as a group under the Orangey name. This is a common procedure for cat actors.

In his 15 year career Orangey the Cat also appeared in Gigot, Village of the Giants and had a recurring role as “Minerva the Cat” in the TV series, Our Miss Brooks.  You’ll now find Orangey properly memorialized at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills with other successful actors.

Next time I see Orangey in a movie I’ll definitely pay more attention to this veteran actor! Which is your favorite role by Orangey the Cat? We’d love to hear your comments.


Cat Artist Claudia Sanchez Re-Mixed

July 15, 2012

I have featured ceramic tiles with the colorful cat art by Claudia Sanchez for several years on my website. She has a loyal following and some of the pieces are very popular, especially “Samantha”.  This design is a multi colored close-up of a cat’s face with eyes that mesmerize you.

Ceramic cat tile, Samantha, by Claudia Sanchez

“Samantha” Ceramic Cat Tile

Sadly I have sold out of the Samantha tile and can not reorder it at this time. This brings me to the good news! I’m excited to tell you that the artist has a new distributer and they are working together to redesign the older tiles and bring out new ones.  I love the new name of the line, “Claudia’s Cats”.  These are scheduled to be available in the fall, just in time for your holiday shopping!

Here is a preview of some of the styles that will be coming out. Keep in touch on my website or like my facebook page to learn when they are in stock.  Let me know if you are a collector of Claudia Sanchez and which tiles are your favorites, both old and new!

Coffee Cat by Claudia

New “Coffee Cat” by Claudia Sanchez

Ceramic cat tile Katana Cat

New “Katana Cat” by Claudia Sanchez

Coaster size cat face tiles by Claudia Sanchez

Coaster size cat tiles by Claudia Sanchez


Cat Helps Save Hiker

March 11, 2012

By now, everyone has probably read about the rescue of longtime missing hiker, Margaret Page, AND her cat, in a New Mexico national forest.  There is some controversy on why she was lost so long, but that will be argued somewhere else. Maybe this stretches things a little, but I do believe the loyalty and companionship of Maya (Miya?), Page’s cat, is how Page survived the near month ordeal.

Of course, I thought it was a little unusual to be hiking with your cat in the first place.  Did Page carry the cat in a backpack? Or did the cat walk beside her? They must be a very attached pair with a strong bond, as the cat stayed with Page the entire time. That is fortunate, as there were bound to be a lot of predators that would have loved a tasty meal of feline.  The cat has also been said to have done some “hunting” itself and although thin was in better shape than Margaret, who lost about 25 pounds.  They were so lucky there was drinking water nearby!

Rescued hiker Margaret Page and Maya the catBut they stayed together and were finally rescued. Separated for a night, they are now reunited amid all the limelight, waiting for life to get back to normal. I’m very happy for them both!

What do you think about hiking with a cat? Is it something you would do? I think I will pass on that myself.

 


Hello Kitty “Ambassador of Cute”

February 20, 2012

I had no idea how impressive Hello Kitty (aka Kitty White) is on the global front!  A few years ago the Japanese tourism ministry appointed Hello Kitty to represent the country in China and Hong Kong.  Officials hoped that tapping into this fan base would bring more travelers to Japan and tourism has definitely grown since then.

Hello Kitty plane at EVA airline.

Now EVA airlines (based in Taipei) has introduced three new planes with Hello Kitty designs inside & out. Shown here is the Apple plane. Apples are a main theme in the Hello Kitty world.

Flight attendant on EVA airline Hello Kitty plane.At check-in you get Hello Kitty boarding passes and bag stickers. During the flight are various themed goodies and the flight attendants are decked out with Hello Kitty aprons. If you are an extreme fan, there’s even a website for the airlines in chinese-language.

Usually this is not my style of cat art, but I really like Hello Kitty!  I do have to admit that I didn’t care too much for it when I was younger, but have become attached to it as I “matured”.  (Not sure what that means about me.)  I find the colors and the Japanese design influence very appealing. I’m not really a collector, but I do have a few pieces of jewelry and trinkets with the motif.

There are a multitude of products out there but one of my favorite Hello Kitty items are the plush designs by TY.  Are you a collector? What are your favorites? Don’t be afraid to admit it, I did!

Hello Kitty Plush by Ty Products


Where’s Jack the Cat?

September 3, 2011

By now many of you have read the facebook story about Jack the Cat. If not, he is a beautiful long hair cat that was lost in the AA baggage area at JFK on August 25th. He now has his own facebook page so you can track his story.  Recently a FAQ section was added to get everyone up to speed about him. I have posted a link to that below.

At first I was a little suspicious that this was all a PR attempt for fame. But it’s gone too far to be just that. Now I believe the poor cat got out of his cage and is hiding, or he was stolen.  AA seems to have this whole story on a “low priority” to me. Either that or their lack of communication is making them look very bad.  Of course, Hurricane Irene also impacted the whole situation, having the airport closed.

Traveling with pets in any form can be traumatic. I would be terrified to put my cats in the baggage area of an airplane and I’m sure the owner, Karen, was not happy about doing it.  At least some airlines now allow smaller animals to be on board in a carrier.

My heart goes out to Karen and I hope this story has a happy ending. She would probably appreciate hearing some good stories about pet travels if you have them.

Read Jack’s FAQ  Jack the Cat