Of course no studio is complete without a cat - or two. Meet Romeo and Stubby.
Romeo was a stray who showed up one day desparately trying to court Mouse, our female cat. Mouse was too old, wise and fixed to fall for his seranades ... but we did. After years of living outside in a wrapped cat box (with a heating pad), Romeo was trapped, fixed, and released. But he knew a good thing when he saw it and and decided to join the household. He is a bit of a wild man still but loves a good brushing and a chin rub.
Stubby wandered into the yard one day - sick, emaciated, missing an eye and a tail, and with paws so injured there were maggots in the wounds. After many trips to the vet and months convalesing he has regained his strength and become the little brother that Romeo never had. He spends his time lounging in the backyard, chasing bugs (much easier to catch with one eye), and eating nonstop. He still has health issues and may have run through a good number of his nine lives but we'll keep him just the same.
In Memoriam: Mouse was adopted late in life and was the senior lady of the studio. She was found abandoned with her kittens in an apartment complex. She was a bit fusty and certainly set in her ways but she loved a good head rub and a warm lap. She went to the great mole hunting ground in the sky in Aug 2011 at the age of 18. She is missed.