Photo: Courtesy of Cat Hearts
The description: “We believe that cats are one of the most photogenic animals and that the most beautiful experience in life is with a tipped cat on your lap,” says Kočičí srdcaři.cz, which is this photo of a cat.
It’s a literary subgenre, which we call a cat story, for example. Already Saki wrote on the excellence of the cat and Théophile Gautier – well before him – on the perfection of their nature (Black and White Dynasty). Ernest Thompson Seton himself will report on a certain Cat from the periphery, and Master Baudelaire has among the verses those whose beginning has been translated by Svatopluk Kadlec as follows: Come on, beautiful cat, shore on my heart, pull yours again claws in your paw and let me immerse myself in the taste of your eyes of agate and metal…
The Canadian (and female) writer Mazo De la Roche (1879-1961) is not only the author of the 16-part saga, already three hundred times published, Jalna (1927-1960), but she also describes Cruise with a cat. Rudyard Kipling also has his famous Cat, which walked alone – and which precisely in 1919 inspired the famous Cat Felix (introductory film of the series), which is the first film with an animal hero of human appearance!
The author of the talented Mr. Ripley and dark detectives Patricia Highsmith loved cats even more than Cardinal Richelieu – and we know she’s Ming’s greatest prey.
The famous Emile Zola is the creator of Cat Paradise and Mark Twain knew Dick Baker’s Cat. The classic PG Wodehouse wrote a twenty-page cat story on Webster and also has a perfect book by James Herriot, The Veterinarian and Cat Stories (Czech 1995). I even once contributed to the almanac Kočkování (2014), which at one time was angered by Daniela Kovářová with the West Bohemian Writers’ Center. Well, and my mother – in addition to our two cats Bělinka and Pidižvík – loved Kočkolásky (2021), a publication edited by Lucie Gebouska in collaboration with the Eduard and Martin Petiška Institute and the Nová vlna publishing house from Zdeněk Crawl.
I will pause for the last named volume (it has 176 pages). Do you know why? The proceeds from the sale (at least hundreds of thousands of crowns) will help cats who are left alone.
Even the stories of the animal rescuers themselves are authentic, and experienced anthropologist Lucie Gebouská has collected fifty. Martin Petiška provided a preface to the whole A book that helps and which is not only (also present here) the prose of Gabina Špalková’s Covid cat, which proves that it is mostly about current affairs stories In the correct meaning of the term ; and praise to God. Otherwise…
Otherwise, it could mean that cat clubs and shelters are disappearing in our country. That we may eat cats. Which I’m kidding, but only halfway. We have 142 of these shelters, but that’s not enough! Real and imagined cat rights activists work there, but they almost always have other jobs. And it is in these ranks that belongs the already mentioned Lucie Gebouská, animal rescuer and depositary in the refuges. In addition, a competent graphic designer. She designs websites for cats and you will find dozens of her texts on the issue of stray and already “rescued” cats. on the sites of Damian and Oliver. While nearly two million cats in the Czech Republic are kept at home, tens of thousands roam freely, as many hunters testify. They train 12,000 of these “parasites” a year and I’m not crying, but I acknowledge with gratitude that 35,000 more cats a year are hiding shelters. The statement from the Animal Welfare Foundation is of course from 2019 and relates it to the fact that killing kittens has been a crime since 2010. Yes, it certainly seems acceptable to us that such a law exists, but let us know that a single boy can become the father of forty kittens in a single breeding season.
What seems strange to me in the Kočkolásky book? The fact that the author’s parents can boldly be classified as dog breeders is called West Bohemian dog breeders.
“As a family, we were part of the stereotypical notion that cats are fakes and a thousand times better dog,” said babysitter Lucie Ms. Jitka Dolanská, “but when our dog got older and I I was afraid that he would leave, I suddenly started to want my own cat.”
The book ends with a color photographic appendix, and you can return to each of the images experienced by the hero captured by the lens. However, it is true that the tragedies are rather omitted. These are mainly experiences of foster parents and rescuers, incidents in apartments, streets and shelters. Many cats were simply trapped or found somewhere, but sometimes, as you know, they themselves find “their” man. Intuitively, perhaps with the cause of God.
Entered by: Ivo Fencl