Saturday, October 29, 2011

These "suits" can tell me what to do any day

The following interview with artist Heather Mattoon about her Cats in Clothes portraits is from:

Catster: So, cats in clothes. A good deal of people think these two things should be kept far apart from each other — what compels you to put them together?

Heather: I wanted to paint something that was interesting and made people smile and think. I have two cats and only once have I put something on the older one. It was a leg warmer of mine: I cut out two holes for her front legs and made her a little sweater. It was sad to see her become immobilized and disoriented!! But the imagery always stuck with me as hilarious.

Catster: Most of your cat paintings appear to have a backstory — is each cat based on a person you know, or do you concoct these histories yourself?

Heather: Once the cat comes together, I really just look at him/her and they tell me their story. It happens so fast and then I just stick with that, my first thoughts!

Catster: Do you use cats you know as a reference when you come up with faces/facial expressions?

Heather: I am often sent pictures of cats and come across photos online. I also live in a neighborhood that is ruled by kitties! So when I have a photo that captures the face just right for me, I use it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

If this is Austin, there must be a dog costume contest and wiener dog race happening somewhere with local TV personality as MC

MC Jim Spencer of announces le grand entrance of contestant in last year's Dogtoberfest

Dogtoberfest is a popular one-day fund-raiser for just 8 of the best Austin-based dog rescue groups. More than approximately 2,500 people reportedly attended last year. Festivities include a silent auction, pet demos throughout the day and pet portrait photo booth, plus the Canine Costume Contest and wiener dog race.

10:00 am The Canine Center for Training & Behavior

11:00 am HyCaliber K9's

11:30 am McCormick & Schmick's (homemade dog treats)

12:00 pm Wiener Dog Races

1:00 pm Fit Dog Austin

1:30 pm Austin PD K9 team

2:30 pm Pet Parade

3:00 pm Canine Costume Contest

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Homeless country kitty sure could get used to life of luxury

Kind-hearted animal lover and Driftwood resident Theresa Jones, found this possible Morris look-alike. He was neutered Oct 3, had his initial shots, and was negative on FLV. He is probably about 1.5 years old. He has his claws. She provided the following personality profile and info on him:

He is doing great. He seems very content indoors. I think he could be an indoor cat. Right now he is living in my guest room but tomorrow I'm moving him to my studio and he'll probably be an outdoor cat in a few days. He watches out the window some but hasn't shown a great desire to get outside.

He's a handsome boy. He likes to sleep on the bed, especially with someone. He loves to cuddle and rub faces. I weighed him today and he's about 9 pounds. I've exposed him to our dog. The dog was pretty excited about the cat but the cat's pretty mellow about the dog. The cat's pretty mellow about everything except food and getting his chin scratched.

He is a country boy (Driftwood) and would like a home where he can still go outside some away far from traffic (since he has no idea what traffic is).

He has yet to show any aggressive behavior. I think he would be a great family pet. He hasn't shown big concern about other cats (it's the resident cats who are the problem). I hate to have to send him outside but the current situation (him living in the back of the house) is not sustainable.

He is available immediately for adoption to the right home.

Contact: Theresa