Looks like Basil has been cloned! How did I end up with two fuzzy-faces? Read on to find out.
We received a large package from artist Bitsy Knox. Basil Farrow couldn’t wait to look inside.
He seems to be saying, “Hurry up and open it!”
Fragile… what could it be?
Basil gives it a smell test. Doesn’t seem like there is anything yummy inside.
Maybe sitting on it will provide some clues?
Look at how the cardboard sinks under his weight!
Time to use his big paws to try to open the cardboard.
Inside, there’s a giant canvas enveloped by bubble wrap. My Scottish Fold immediately climbs on it.
He likes the texture of bubble wrapping, for some reason.
(Check out the sideways paws!)
Could this be a comfortable new cushion? Not quite…
I opened it up, while this curious cat kept watch. His triple-folded ears are so cute.
“Wahhh! It’s a portrait of me!”
Isn’t the resemblance uncanny? Basil’s round face, plush fur and short tail are perfectly rendered
Huge thanks to Bitsy Knox, a Canadian artist living and working in Berlin, for this adorable painting.
Her work can be seen at www.bitsyknox.com. If you are interested in having your cat or dog painted by Bitsy, please contact her via her website.
The photos speak for themselves… she’s so talented!
Love the blue contrast background, and the cut-out shape of the canvas.
Would you like a custom painting of your cat or dog? Just contact Bitsy Knox through her website, and send her a few photos.
She’ll create a custom work that perfectly captures your pet’s look and personality. It would be the perfect Xmas or holiday gift, especially for animal lovers.
Want to see my Scottish Fold cat in action? Here’s a new video of Basil exercising by jumping hurdles and going through tunnels. Isn’t he athletic?
Watch it above. With some creativity, you can make Scottish Folds do a workout!
Looks like I now have two cute cats… Wouldn’t you like a customized pet painting too? You can find out more and see other examples of Bitsy Knox’s work here.
Everyone says Basil Farrow looks like a baby lion cub..
… so it made sense to give him a royal crown, marked with a B!
Do you think he’d be a compassionate, cuddly ruler?
Here’s his attempt at being fierce.
Basil has a proud nature, the crown suits him well.
When we put it on his head, he let out a lion roar!
Or is it more of a yawn?
This squish-faced Scottish Fold was recently featured in China’s biggest fashion magazine, Ray Li.
He poses with La Carmina’s favorite beauty products by Paula’s Choice, the moisturizer and sunscreen.
We all love Wedderspoon manuka honey.
Here’s a scan of Ray Li – international beauty issue of the Chinese magazine, featuring La Carmina…
… and her smoosh faced cat in the top left corner!
Enough of the modeling, it’s time to give those big paws a lick,
and head to bed. zzz!
Look who we met and photographed… Chester, the baby grey Scottish Fold cat! He made the news earlier this year for disappearing before an Air Canada cargo flight, and turning up a month later.
The Scottish Fold community has been helping Chester’s owner ever since he first went missing. Fortunately, he’s back safe and sound, and in great health.
Chester was participating in the TICA cat show in White Rock, British Columbia. We came by to meet him, and take these big-eyed photos!
This celebrity kitten is as sweet and soft as you’d expect. I wonder what happened to Chester during the month that he was missing.
His owner, Amanda Stewart, was reluctant to have Chester’s breeder send him from Montreal to Vancouver via Air Canada cargo. Unfortunately, her fears were justified… He was dropped off at Montreal Airport on May 21, 2014 at 10am. At 12 noon his cage was empty.
After a month of searching and frustration, Amanda finally heard the incredible news: the earless cat came back!
Air Canada Live Cargo found the grey kitten alive but thin in the airfield of Montreal Airport, exactly 4 weeks to the day he was lost.
The vet checked him out, and despite the lost weight, Chester was healthy and calm.
Once he got a clean bill of health, an Air Canada employee flew him to Vancouver in first class, and Chester got to sit on her knee like a little prince. He arrived at his new and final home on June 27th 2014.
I wish my fold, Basil, could ask Chester what happened! I’m dubious that Chester was able to survive on rainwater and moths for a month… Scottish Folds aren’t exactly the aggressive hunter types, especially kittens. They’re also so gentle and trusting, and wouldn’t hide from people (especially if there was food being put out).
My theory is that someone found and ‘borrowed’ him for a bit… but we’ll never know. The important thing is he’s back and happy.
How cute is Chester, on the cat show judging table? He was the only Fold so he took part in the general cat breed category.
The judge checked his big eyes, tiny ears and body! So sweet.
Chester’s “sister” Abby also took part in the cat show. (on the left)
Abby is a British Shorthair brown mackerel tabby.
Her lovely coloring and temperament earned her high marks.
She took home quite a few awards, including first place wins!
It was a lot of fun to see a cat show. So many different breeds – tailless, hairless, big and small — all treated like royalty by their doting owners.
There were a few British Shorthairs there (many Scottish Folds are cross-bred with this breed, including Basil Farrow).
They’re so kind and well-raised, these cats will never scratch!
It was lovely to meet Abby, Chester and Amanda! Their story has a happy ending, but it illustrates the dangers and discomforts of flying pets in cargo… We all hope that pet owners will consider other, safer alternatives to transporting cats and dogs.
You can see more adorable photos of this lost-and-found grey kitten, on Chester’s Facebook page