August 15, 2007


Of course we illustrators make excellent pet owners. And we have the added benefit of being able to immortalize our pets in print. I've snuck my kitty into lots of books and illustrations over the years.

AND I've sacrificed my good night's sleep more or less every night for 10 years by getting out of bed to let her out when she starts wailing to go out!!

At 3 am I am usually awoken by a "Mee--ooooo-uuuu-wwwww!!!"


And there goes another hour of tossing & turning trying to get back to sleep!
AND I've opened probably 10,000 doors for this demanding little fluffball over the
years... running up and down stairs.

In other words, I've been her stay at home, round the clock butler!!

The things I go through for this cat!

Here she is in a recent starring role... (she appears on almost every page in this book! 'The Grandma Cure' Dutton Books)



rbaird said...

I love this!
As a round the clock butler to a variety of creatures that also find their way into my artwork, I know where you're coming from. But, What would we do without them!


Anonymous said...

Hi John!
So cute and so true!

Doug said...

really nice illos! You do great cats. I have a hard time drawing them.

Our cat disappeared several years ago. We think she was a snack for a fox....

but the up side is we now have lots of cool birds to watch outside!

Paula Pertile said...

3:00 a.m.?! Well, I should talk. One of mine wakes me up at 4:00 to let him under the covers so he can knead my leg.

John Nez said...

I see the midnight kitty meow is a universal problem!!

I was woken up TWICE last night!!!

Once to get let out of the basment at 1 am (put down there so she wouldn't wake me up... in theory.... didn't work)

Then TWICE when it was time for the standard 3 am trip outside!


Gabriele C. said...

Meeeeooow. :(

But the pics are cute.

John Nez said...

Thanks! And that book just went into remaindering too!