Kitteh contest winners!

I’ll announce the three winners of the kitteh contest today: the first two runners-up this morning (they’re in no particular order), and then the grand prize winner this afternoon.  Winners: be sure to contact me via email to claim your prizes.

As I said, the celebrity judges had a hard time.  There were about 85 entries, many of them awesome.  Thanks to Miranda Hale, Russell Blackford, and Ophelia Benson for making the difficult choices.  I’ll be highlighting many of the other entries over the next few months.

The first runner-up (and by “first,” I mean “presented first”) is the combination of Doc Bill (human) and Kink (cat).  Remember that each entry comprised both a picture and a story.  Here’s Doc Bill’s:

My Best Friend

On the day I brought Kink home we stopped at the veterinarian’s office.  Poor little Kink, barely 4-months old, had been poked and prodded all morning long and now had to suffer one more indignity before going home.

Doc Geoff pronounced Kink a paragon of fitness.

Putting Kink back into his travel container I commented idly that I needed to swing by the grocery store to get a box.

Geoff looked at me over the tops of his bifocals and asked, “Why?”

“Well,” I replied somewhat uncomfortably, “don’t kittens live in boxes until they can, uh, get around?”

Geoff regarding me as if a Bocydium globulare had landed on his knee said, “I suppose.”

We made our farewells and, shortly, Kink and I were home.  Doc Geoff’s voice, however, was lodged in my skull, “I suppose.”  Over and over.

That afternoon Kink made himself quite at home eating cat food until he could hardly walk, running up and down the stairs and playing with all the cat toys.  He took a couple of cat naps but was ready for bedtime when we all turned in.

I walked into the bedroom with Kink and said, “You know, I think he’d feel more comfortable if he slept with us for a few nights.”  I placed Kink behind my knees where he purred himself to the Land of Nod.

Four years later he’s still there and I can’t imagine it being any other way with my best friend.  Thanks, Doc Geoff.

This is a picture of Kink on his first day in his new home:


  1. Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Yay, Kink! A handsome kitteh indeed.

    • Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      What proud ears. And what a condescending expression. Everything I look for in a kitteh.


      • Dominic
        Posted December 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        Ginormous lugs! Like a Serval!

  2. Sili
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Soooo pretty. Lovely big ears.

  3. Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    [murmurs] All shall win, all shall have prizes………….

  4. Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Kink, on picking such a suitable slave! It’s especially important to go for the trainable ones, and it’s clear you got yourself a winner on that score.



  5. Andrew B.
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Aren’t you concerned for the other cats’ self-esteem? You should give everyone an award, so nobody feels left out!

    • Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Yes! See comment #3.

    • daveau
      Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Your cat has self-esteem issues? Are you sure it’s a real cat?

      • Diane G.
        Posted December 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Ba-da-bing! 😀

  6. yesmyliege
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    He’s a purdy little critter, alright!

  7. daveau
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I can’t get to sleep without a cat curled up on my legs; 13 years now. Congrats to Kink & Doc Bill. I love how kink’s paw is over DB’s hand in the pic.

    • Helen Wise
      Posted December 12, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      If only my cat, Evil, would limit himself to curling up on my legs.

      This morning, because I ignored his persistent invitations to get out of bed at 5a this morning, he threaded himself through two pillows, crying piteously, to drape his entire body across my neck, shoulders and chest, from which position he purred and drooled until I could take it no longer.

      The drooling alone was enough to drive me out of bed.

      • nlgirl
        Posted December 12, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        I have a drooler too. I thought maybe it was a medical problem. Glad to see our grand ruler has company in this regard.

  8. Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Congrats Kink and Doc Bill! A very handsome putty-tat.

  9. articulett
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Yay Kink!

    He is a gorgeous lad– a kitty anyone would be glad to have!

  10. sasqwatch
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow! That’s some purdy kitteh. Especially love those ears and the paw action.

  11. still learning
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Look how his forehead tabby markings mimic those big ears. Lovely kitteh!
    Congrats, Bill and Kink.

  12. Diane G.
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Permalink


    Can we also enter Kink in the Widest Whisker Spread contest? (Once the ones on his right grow back, of course.)

  13. Posted December 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Kink looks to be a siamese mix. Show siamese that is, just consider his ears.

  14. Posted December 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    What a handsome fella.

  15. Posted December 12, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Just noticed the M on his head. So Kink is part Maine Coon. He’s gonna be a big, friendly cat.

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