January 2012 Pets of the Month: Oscu and Dan Dan

And now, finally, a blog entry about something other than Archie!  I know, I know.  You thought it’d never come.  I am bringing back my old tradition of featuring one client’s pet(s) every month, and I’m starting off with long-time client, friend, and tattoo artist extraordinaire, Nick Baxter:

When I first met Oscu and Dan Dan I pretty much fell in love instantly.  Nevermind the fact that it took Oscu six months to let me pet him; he was nevertheless an instant charmer.  The two characters stole my heart, so they’re the ones to kick off the revival of my Pet of the Month.  Here’s what Nick has to say about them:

Dandan is a retired ‘grand champion’ showcat from a New Jersey-based lineage of Siamese. He is an approximately 8 year old flame point. His show name is Dalmane, which is the pharmaceutical name for a type of sleeping pill. I adopted him from the breeder at approx 2 yrs of age after he had been shown and bred, and he’s been a pampered retiree ever since. He enjoys belly rubs, laps, and his status as Seriously, The Best Cat Ever. His favorite foods are strawberries and bananas.

Oscu is also approximately 8yrs old, but his past is shrouded in mystery. Originally named Oscar in homage to Oscar de la Hoya, he was rescued from a dumpster in Connecticut and passed through ‘the system’ and onto several caretakers, finally ending up in my care.  His highly neurotic nature and traumatic past make him a constant nuisance yet his endearing intelligence and intuition make him an exercise in forgiveness and compassion. He’s characterized by 5-minute bursts of extreme affection, in between long periods of can’t-be-bothered fakery. His favorite foods are chickpeas, tortilla chips, and Ruffles potato chips.

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About Emily Strong

behavior consultant. veterinary technician. crazy parrot lady. lifelong animal lover. cellist. yogi. hula hooper. horse rider. swimmer. singer. reader. writer. dreamer. music lover. amateur gardener. nutrition enthusiast. eternal student. language lover. aspiring polyglot. tattoo canvas. water drinker. overthinker. bountiful laugher. overenthusiast. attention deficit meditator.
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