Friday, January 09, 2009

Bad Kitty

A little cafe near Portland used to have this painting of a skinny, golden-eyed black cat on their wall. This little cat looked, as my father used to say, "like trouble waiting to happen". Underneath her portrait were the words "Bad kitty - Offender of Justice". It was a sweet painting, one clearly done by a Cat Slave like myself. I sometimes think about revisiting that cafe and asking if it's for sale.

I was reminded of this artwork just recently when I read an article about Frankie the cat burglar. Frankie doesn't steal because he's poor. Frankie steals because he can.

Temple Grandin would call this SEEKING behavior (1). I'd have to add a bit of larceny-as-PLAY in there, as well.

Go, Frankie.



(1) The caps are her doing. If you like reading about animals, you'll want to check out her new book titled Animals Make Us Human. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Grandin here at NPR.

Why you should adopt a black cat instead of an orange one? Do dogs need a pack leader or a poppa? And how do you to draw blood from an antelope without terrifying it? These are some of the questions author and animal advocate Temple Grandin answers in her new book, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.

Photo: Frankie with his stash from

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sounds like a great book. I'm adding it to my list!