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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL March 11, 2015
A “Fancy” Cat
“My stepdaughter, Jackie, has a gift
for fi nding animals in need,” said Di-
ane. “But what happened in 1999, on
a hot day in her Arizona backyard, was
even a surprise for Jackie!
As for any stray, she had being feed-
ing a matted-long fur, skittish, skinny
and starving cat that had arrived at her
front door. Two months later, the cat
meowed at Jackie to follow her to the
backyard shed, where Jackie found an
instant family of fi ve kittens! She was
not sure if the young mother was show-
ing off her pretty babies or asking for
help. Either way, Jackie scooped the
kittens up and welcomed the homeless Diane cradles her “Fancy” house
family into her home.
Had the year-old cat’s pet parents
neglected spaying her and her resulting pet parents. When no one claimed the
heat driven her to escape their home, cat, I was introduced to them; it was
run away with a young ne’er-do-well, love at fi rst sight, and still is. I adopted
only to be left homeless for the next 63 the mother and one of her kittens. Be-
days of the kittens’ gestation? Or had cause the cat looks like the white Fancy
she, a little fur-princess, not listened to Feast kitty I named her Miss Fancy, and
her human parents and run away with the kitten became Smokie.
I have always had cats, but Fancy is
the love of her life, who jilted her and
left her to mother their offspring by the sweetest, loveliest cat to the point
herself? Either way, it was a sad tale of being angelic. We are happy to have
for the young family. It was fortunate her and Smokie as purr-mament fi x-
that the helpless cat had found a safe tures in our home.
It was not until nine years later that
manger to deliver and care for her al-
I learned that Fancy was a purebred!
Jackie fostered the young family and In 2008, I attended a convention and
for weeks tried locating their original randomly sat beside two ladies; Mary
Ellen, from Oregon, and her friend
Atira, from Seattle. Our conversation
turned to cats. I had three by then, Atira
three and Mary Ellen had four famous
swimming cats. We shared our cats’
cell phone photos and I was surprised
to discover...we all had Silver Persians!
Atira had one, Mary Ellen had four and
apparently I had one too! Our cats all
look alike! We almost fell out of our
uncomfortable chairs! What are the
odds of sitting down, at random, in a
crowded convention and everyone has
the same rare breed of Persian!?
Finding Fancy the way Jackie did
was like discovering a rare gem in your
backyard! Fancy is an aristo-cat with
refi ned dignity. She is affectionate and
like any Princess - a little demanding.
She is highly intelligent and conversa-
tional. When something needs atten-
tion she fi nds me, and meow-talks for
me to go and change the litter that isn’t
clean enough, or the drinking water; or
she needs something else. Every day
she ‘expects’ a clean bowl of water –
one-day-old water is not to her liking!
I used to think she was a fussy feline
until I realized that all of us purr-fur
Miss Fancy’s movements and man-
nerisms are elegant, graceful and regal.
She has a talent for fi nding aesthetic
settings and posing with effortless
beauty. She adorns our home like a
signature house accessory or a piece of
jewelry. I often stop what I am doing
and just stare at her ‘purr-fection’ as
she quietly sits or sleeps. Her beauty
is purr-fectly breathtaking and the only
thing that brings my meditating mind
back to reality is when she blinks or a
I love when she meows to be picked
up and cuddled even though she is a tad
bossy. Sometimes when I’m in a rush,
getting ready to go out, she pushes
open the bathroom door, wanders in,
and loudly meows demanding that I
pick her up. When I look down at her
and mimic her cat-chat, she responds
with an adorable little squeak. Could
she paws-ibly be trying to share make-
up tips? Her large green eyes and brick
red nose look like a make-up artist pro-
fessionally drew black eye liner around
Thank you for asking me to share
Miss Fancy’s story with your readers.
Sharing her sweet spirit reminds me of
the depth of love that I have for her!
I treasure our purr-ecious years togeth-
hair/fur. So I’ve changed Fancy’s food
to human grade quality for a silkier coat.
For trimming her hairballs, I use spe-
cial scissors that are blunt and curved
at the tip so as not to clip her skin. In
the winter, when her fur is extra long,
I trim her stomach and underarm fur to
½ inch so it won’t tangle. She likes to
look and feel good, just like us. She
takes pride in the way her fur and skin
feels. And so do I.”
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“One of the challenges of Persian
parentship,” admits Diane, “is keep-
ing them well groomed and mat-free.
I discovered, just like with people, that
a poor diet makes for a poor quality of
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project involving the 20 or 25
quilts in its care, a project he’s
“It’s interesting to see how
things have changed over the
years, how styles have changed
and how that change refl ects a
change in society,” he said.
A group including Turner has
taken about four of the Muse-
um’s quilts at a time to an ap-
praiser that spends most of a day
with a magnifying glass poring
over the specifi cs of each item.
“Some of them are pretty
old,” Turner said. “They’re be-
lieved to come from the 1700s
up to the 1970s.”
Quilts that old naturally have
stories to tell.
“They tell how people made
things, how they took care of
them,” he said. “I’ve always
liked old things.”
The Museum plans to pres-
ent the results of its quilt fact-
fi nding mission at an August
event, so others may discover
the underlying beauty that
Turner recognizes. “Artistry and
craftsmanship are part of being
human,” he said. “We always
explore ourselves artistically,
musically or socially. It’s a hu-
man drive, and I believe that if
we’re not doing that, we’re not
truly enjoying life.”
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