Everyday, when I switch on my computer, I look at this adorable fluff-ball:
She is my cat and she is a real princess.
She even has her own throne, on wheels, decorated with the insignia crown of her royal highness…
She’s got attitude, she is goofy and does not care the least what you think about her odd lying positions and her aloof behaviour.
But, do not call her fat. Her sensitive heart is deeply hurt when somebody dares to call her fat – she will never honour you with another glance, never mind a purr….
And to rescue the situation her servant (ie me) has to explain, that she is not fat, it is just that her pretty head is a bit too small, and she has a lot of fluffy fur.
And no – nobody is allowed to touch her silky soft fur! That is just not on with royalty!
Her name is Clarissa.
Named after the great author Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
And Clarissa hails from the SPCA in Windhoek.
I am so grateful to have this little princess in my life and always try to support the SPCA. I believe that they are doing such important work and play a huge role in animal welfare.
Being an artist with a minimal and ad-hoc income I often was not able to support their work as much as I wanted to. But I have found ways and means to support the SPCA and Cat Protection Society of Namibia, for instance, by donating paintings of dogs for their fund-raising auction.
Recently I made a fun painting of a cat and shared it on Facebook. This painting reminded Ms Susanne Jaspert of her own cat, another cat hailing from the lands of SPCA, and she decided to buy this painting.
I was so excited that my pink cat painting found a loving home, as cats and paintings all need loving homes!
What better excuse to donate the proceeds to the SPCA? A cat painting helping the cats and dogs of the SPCA and supporting the work of the people who care for them.
Why am I telling you all this?
Because, I often felt helpless and too poor to help and yet there are so many ways to help out. It does not need to be in big ways. But maybe something you love doing can be donated or used in order to support a cause close to your heart? I hope that this might inspire you to find a way how you can help and remind you to go out and just do it.
Or to adopt your own princess or prince from the SPCA and let them sneak into your heart and soul.
And as I was preparing this post I searched through my photos to decide which pictures to use and as you can imagine, it is not easy if you have the cutest and goofy-est SPCA cat in the world. So here is a small selection which I just have to add, as they also give you a glimpse into how important this cat is in my art making.