A few weeks ago, my cat Sammy had the opportunity to model collars for Only An Ocean (Max & Molly series) (https://onlyanocean.net/).
Working with photographer, James Esposito (https://www.instagram.com/jimesposito_photo/?hl=en) , was an honor. He was great with Sammy, giving him treats of fresh chicken as a reward.
It was a wonderful experience, and I knew Sammy would be great because he is a natural “people person” kind of cat. He’s extremely “chill.” He enjoys attention and when friends take photos of him. He’s a real ham! And that’s exactly why I adopted him at St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter back in 2019. Sammy had purr-sonality! While other cats at the shelter were aloof, Sammy made it KNOWN that he was available. He walked right up to me. “Pick him up,” said a woman who worked there.
I picked him up three separate times before making a decision. We already had one cat, Nicholas. And our Benny cat had just passed away. I wasn’t sure. Some driving unknown force made me adopt him. Two other families took him back to the shelter. Perhaps deep down I knew he needed a permanent, loving home.
Then when we took in an abandoned feral kitten during the pandemic, it was Sammy who stayed near the kitten, making sure he was okay. Now all three cats, Sammy, Nicholas, and the kitten we named “Happy” are all buddies.
Sammy came a long way from being a sheltered cat. Even though he spent most of his life in a shelter, he’s extremely loving and trusting. Any friend who comes to the house is welcomed by Sammy, who runs to the door to greet them. Sammy loves to sleep all day on my new ottoman, which he claimed. But he’ll wake up for treats and cuddling!
When my husband and I saw the photos on the Only an Ocean website, we were over the moon! I was so proud of our baby, I got choked up! James Esposito truly captured Sammy’s laid-back, trusting personality.
If your home needs a loving pet, go to your local shelter. You never know, your pet may become a supermodel too!
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