We shall have one reader’s cat a week until I’ve exhausted my backlog, and that will take over a year. Here’s a good one: valentine-nosed Calvin, the beloved (and slightly out of focus!) pet of reader articulett. Their story:
Calvin travels from the year 2000 to tell your other contenders to move aside. He notes that he is made of the finest material forged in stars billions of years in the past, and he shares common ancestry with all 3 of the fine judges. Calvin retains his regal bearing despite being forced to live with a woman who is not only a procrastinator, but a poor photographer as well. Moreover, this woman makes frequent juvenile jokes about Calvin having a “heart on” (his nose). Despite this, Calvin’s dignity remains intact. Calvin has one pet dog (seen in the photo) whom he’s trained to do his bidding and one pet primate whom he’s attempting to teach photography.
Articulett added this information in a followup email:
Calvin was supposed to be a foster cat (I used to foster animals for the Humane Society.) I’d bring the animals to the pet store each week for potential adoption by pet lovers. A family loved Calvin’s unique nose and decided to adopt him. I also encouraged them to adopt another cat that I had been watching because, as everyone knows, 2 kittehs are better than one. They agreed. (I actually cried when Calvin was adopted because I’d grown attached to the dude). But Calvin was apparently a brat cat and the family decided to send him back, keeping the other cat instead. Well, I like rejects. Calvin may be a reject, but he’s MY reject. I told that this characteristic angel was surely being a brat so that he would be returned to me. I’ve had Calvin for over 10 years now along with a small menagerie of other rejects including the dog in the background.*
*JAC note: The dog appears here only by accident, but at least he looks properly cowed.