Most people that know me know that I love cats. In particular, I love my two cats, Monty and Jasper. They are the sweetest, coolest cats ever (of course I say this with no bias at all). They are smart, inquisitive, loving, and beautiful boys. Their fur is so soft and their purrs are legendarily loud. They have a penchant for chasing string and destroying paper bags. They are great company and they love to snuggle up to you during a quiet moment.

Sleepy Jasper boy.

It’s amazing the bond you can have with an animal. Sometimes when they look at you it’s like you communicate telepathically. When they fall asleep on top of you, completely relaxed, you know that they trust you. Yesterday I was in bed with a nasty flu and either Monty or Jasper hung out on the bed with me for almost the whole day. If they hadn’t have been there I think I would have felt much more lonely, and much more sorry for myself.

I spent most of the day reading a book called¬†A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen. In the beginning of this true story, after a period of homelessness and heroin addiction, Bowen is on a methadone program and has managed to get into some support housing. He is working as a street musician in Covent Garden, trying to earn enough money to get through another day. Bob is a cat who turns up in Bowen’s building in bad shape. At first Bowen resists his instinct to take Bob in, as he assumes he must belong to someone else in the building. But it soon becomes apparent that Bob is a stray and in need of help. In nursing Bob back to health, and caring about somebody other than himself for the first time in a long time, Bowen receives so much healing in return, in the form of Bob’s unconditional love and friendship. The book details their adventures together and the ways in which they both help one another to reach a better way of life. It is a really heart warming story, and I highly recommend it.

Monty boy has a read of the back cover.

Monty boy has a read of the back cover.

a love of creatures: the elephant

One of my favourite animals, as you may have guessed, is the elephant. When I see an elephant I want to melt. I think they are the most amazing mixture of strength and beauty, but there is also a definite sadness about them too. I mean, let’s face it… in many ways, elephants have had a bit of a rough trot over the years! However, I hope that they are more protected now than they have been for a long time.

Do you ever feel like you have an affinity with certain animals? I mean, I hardly ever see an elephant in real life, apart from the occasional proverbial elephant in the room! Yet somehow, I feel like me and elephants make a great team. Frankly, it’s a little strange!¬† Still, I don’t spend too many hours wondering why it is that I love them so much. Some people believe in animal totems; in essence it seems to be the idea of animal spirits that travel with you through life, guiding you. A while ago I may have found this difficult to believe, but these days I am totally get on board with it.

I certainly cannot deny that I am indeed in love with quite a few creatures. I plan to share them all in good time, and, if there are any animals that inspire you for a particular reason, I would love to know.