Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Friday!...

For Ciaran's Birthday earlier this month I bought him Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats by T. S. Elliot. I love these poems – there’s a poem for every cat! Toby is definitely a Rum Tum Tugger. The first poem in the book talks about the importance of the naming of cats and it made me think about how we chose Toby’s name. Our breeder sent us a photo of a little grey ball of fluff, a bit like a dandelion clock with big amber eyes. We made a long list of names ranging from the cutesy to the slightly surreal. As soon as we stumbled across Toby it clicked – I like it because it’s cute but can also be serious (‘Tobias!’). It’s a real boys name and seems to suit his ballsy personality perfectly.

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover—
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

- T. S. Elliot

We have a range of nick names for Toby which include Toby Cat, Monster Mash, Busta Rhymes and sometimes I greet him with ‘Arigato Mr. Cato’. He doesn’t have a name that’s particular and peculiar though – We’ll have to think of one for him!

I couldn't resist posting these super cute baby photos of Toby, apologies if you've seen them here before!

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