Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Spray paint and stencil by Creatures of Habit; 
donated to the Middletown, N.Y., Humane Society

Peter, my husband, often talks about the Ashaway Black and White Cat. Ashaway would be Ashaway, R.I., where Peter grew up, and where, he says, a huge contingent of black and white cats roamed the streets and yards and barns of the town.

So when Creatures of Habit sent this lovely portrait of this black and white cat, I decided to just look up "black and white cat" and see what I could find.

Turns out that the black and white cat is a known quantity around the world. It's often called a "Tuxedo Cat," and in England, it's known as the Jellicle cat, named for a fictional tribe of black and white cats in T.S. Eliot's "Book of Practical Cats."

There's all sorts of other fascinating information on Wikipedia about these cats; click here to find out more.

Meantime, Reilly is hanging around at the shelter in Middletown, N.Y., waiting to be adopted. We have a black and white cat ourselves, and she is just about the funniest and most amusing cat ever. No telling if she's an Ashaway Black and White, but whatever her ancestry, I'd recommend one of her ilk to anyone with room for a cat.

Many thanks to Creatures of Habit and his girlfriend, Kristina Sarracco, for the beautiful work and generous donations!

- Carrie


  1. hello,

    very interesting piece. we also have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood in the Philippines. But we like them because they kill the rats. Our neighbor has adopted 19 of these cats. I'm a dog person myself:)

  2. This series of paintings is absolutely superb!

  3. OMG!!! This are absolutely awesome!!!!