Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Black & White

I love black and white photos. I came across this photo tonight of Kane and I years back. This was the first trip we took him on to introduce him to our family in Wellesley, Ontario over 10 years ago.We had just rescued him from a shelter and he had been abused by the owner. The shelter staff said that he had many issues and it would take time to bring him around. It would take lots of love and patience. They were right to tell us this. To this day he still can't have a strange man touch him without showing distress. He has become a loving friend. He was a great traveller that weekend and has always enjoyed driving in the car. This photo was taken at the grave-yard where Gary's sister, Diane is buried. She loved animals too and we thought we should take him there and let him run around awhile. She would have loved Kane.

Did you know that black and white cats are either called Tuxedo cats or Jellico cats?
A low-grade spotting black-and-white bicolor cat is often known as a “tuxedo cat” or a “Billicat”. To be considered a tuxedo cat, its black coloring should be solid throughout, with white limited to the paws, belly, chest, throat, face, and possibly the chin: it should appear as if the cat were wearing a tuxedo.

Jellico Cats are white and black,
Jellico Cats are of moderate size;
Jellicles jump like a jumping jack,
Jellico Cats have moonlit eyes
They're quiet enough in the morning hours,
They're quiet enough in the afternoon,
Reserving their terpsichorean powers
      To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon

Hugs, Deb


  1. I have been enjoying your blog! Kane is beautiful. Love your Jellico cats dancing by the light of the moon. I wish you were in our bit of country. Our decision to go ahead and adopt two kitties(everyBODY needs to be two)since losing our Country Cat would be a no brainer if I knew that you were watching over them!

  2. I just googled them. Fascinating. I am going to have to read some more T.S. Eliot!

  3. I love black and white pictures too. This is a beautiful picture of you and Kane. Breaks my heart when I think or hear of anyone abusing an animal. Thanks goodness you adopted him and gave him a loving home.

  4. Black and white photos ~ they are a classic! Tuxedo kitties are always looking good! :)
    xo Catherine

  5. Love Black and White photos and cats!! Kane is such a special dog! I am so glad he found you.

  6. What a neat gesture to do in your sister-in-law's memory. So glad Kane has enjoyed 10 wonderful years with you, he is a beauty! Great pic of you too. Wow I hadn't heard the TS Elliot on Jellicle Cats since I saw CATS at the Pantages in Toronto in '91!!Love a tuxie cat especially with a "stach"!!

  7. Have I told you lately how much I love to visit you and see that photo of you at the top? It just makes me smile. Wish we lived closer. I'd be at your door all the time!

  8. Hi Deb and Kane is so beautiful! My daughter used to have a black and white tuxedo cat. He had the little white tuxedo shirt right down his little chest! His name was Petie and he was sucha a little clown!
    Thanks for popping in to see my little birthday girl.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)