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AdventureMan Wept

Long ago, and far away, in the exotic Kuwait City, I started this blog, holy smokes, almost nine years ago in September. I met so many wonderful people, some of whom I’ve even become friends with in person. Others I still keep up with, in a comment here or there (LOL, Here There and Everywhere) or in a backnote, or on FaceBook.

Several months ago, I contacted one blogger, Aafke, whose very honest and very artistic blog I admired. We often commented back and forth in those days. I wrote about how outraged I was at a veterinary tech in Doha who told me my cat was the demon cat from hell, and I raged at how scared he must have been to have behaved so badly. Like, if you work with animals, you should know that! If you treat them roughly, they will respond! (Oops! I still get worked up revisiting it!)

Aafke loved the story, and did a painting, our sweet Pete as the demon cat from hell. There were some things I loved about it – moody purple background, a great representation of Pete. It sort of hurt my feelings that she painted him with horns and a forked tail, not my sweet Pete.

But as the months went by after Pete’s sudden and unexpected death following an operation that succeeded in its goals, but killed Pete, I thought about that painting so I wrote to Aafke, and asked if I could buy it. I thought it would make a good present for AdventureMan, for Father’s Day. She responded quickly, said she thought she knew where it was, and in the mean time, she also painted another, a really lush, beautiful portrait of a cat we dearly loved. She wouldn’t let me buy it, it was a gift.

So the paintings arrived, and I had them framed. They are small, exactly what I wanted. We don’t want a shrine; we want a sweet reminder. When I gave the beautiful one to AdventureMan, he wept. Aafke truly captured the sweetness of Pete. He hung it on his office wall, where he could see it from his desk.


When he came into my office, he laughed. I have my painting just behind my chair where I write these posts. “You’ve got the devil cat looking over your shoulder!” he crowed with laughter!


Yes! I do! We all have our sweet side, and our devilish side 🙂 Pete was no angel. He loved to escape, and he was fast. We loved him, warts and all, and this portrait makes me smile every time I see it.

Thank you, Aafke, for your beautiful heart that captures the nature of those we love.

July 5, 2015 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Circle of Life and Death, Community, Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Pets, Qatteri Cat | ,


  1. What a beautiful painting of your sweet cat! I know how Adventure Man must love it. It’s good to have a small reminder of our little friends around. I have a few of sweet Winston and they always bring a smile. The other one reminds me of your impish side-red hair and all. LOL!

    Comment by momcatwa | July 5, 2015 | Reply

  2. When I went to the vet in Doha and asked if he had any cats, he showed me three, then paused and said “I know the cat that is right for you. He looks like you,” took me to Pete. His previous owner was paying to board him until a home could be found. I always laughed that he looked like me. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 6, 2015 | Reply

  3. Great paintings! A great remembrance of your cat.

    Comment by athling2001 | July 7, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you, Athling 2001. He was an extraordinary cat, we we miss him to this day.

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2015 | Reply

  4. What a beautiful story! Pete made an impression on me too, and I’m not a “cat person”– highly allergic to them, which never fails to truly attract the good ones, like Pete! Enjoy your memories of him!

    Comment by Grammy | July 7, 2015 | Reply

    • I remember! He was always so attracted to you, LOL, and he could reduce you to tears and sniffles in a matter of minutes!

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2015 | Reply

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