Paternal Puss by MelDavies

Ink on Smooth 180gsm Card A3

FEATURED in ‘Feline Studio’ September, 2010
FEATURED in ‘Finks of Ink’s’ September, 2010
FEATURED in ‘Paintings in Modern Times’ October 2010
FEATURED in ‘Art Universe’ August, 2011
FEATURED in ‘Pen & Ink Corner’ August, 2011
FEATURED in ‘Fantastic Mixed Class’ September 2011

About two weeks after moving into our house (back in 2002), the previous owners huge male tabby turned up on our doorstep. Who would have thought that ‘Puss’ would turn out to be the most loving and loyal cat we have ever had, and is dearly missed after passing away about 18 months ago.

We acquired a box with four tiny kittens, eyes barely open, hungry and dehydrated. They had been dumped on the side of the road. I took them home to Derek, and we discussed for about 5 minutes what we would do with these little guys, both of us knowing that they would never leave our house LOL, as we’d already fallen in love with them.

They needed a lot of work as we fed them through a syringe and then with a spoon. They were so very tiny, all four could fit in an ice-cream container.

We were worried about how Puss would be with them, as this was his house and he was a very independant cat.

Our concerns were unfounded as we placed this box of tiny kittens on the ground and observed Puss. He came over to the box, sniffed each one, then started licking them……..and we never looked back. Puss was the most wonderful ‘Foster Father’ to these little guys, he’d bundle them up, clean them, fuss over them and curl up with all four to sleep.

It has been a real honour to witness this. Our kittens are now about 6 years old, and remind us of Puss every day.

Click Here to see a photo of Puss on by hubby’s RB site.

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 4 years ago

    gorgeous ink work Mel…..i adore this….i can see so many kitties i here!! it’s really beautiful!!! xxx

  • Thanks karin, I’m just adding the story to this. Cheers.

    – MelDavies

  • Leila A. Fortier
    Leila A. Fortierover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous….your designs remind me of Hindu Mendhi designs~

  • Hi Leila, thanks very much, I’m not sure what Hindu Mendhi designs are, so I’ll go and have a google. I must admit I find it difficult to describe my style. Cheers. Mel

    – MelDavies

  • Leila A. Fortier
  • They are just awesome, I would love to do body art. I have enquired about tattooing as my sons and some of their friends often comment about how well my designs would look as tattoos. Would love to give this a go. Cheers.

    – MelDavies

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

    So lovely x

  • Thanks so much Anita, appreciate you popping by. Regards Mel

    – MelDavies

  • Jacqueline Eden
    Jacqueline Edenover 4 years ago

    Beautiful art and story :D

  • Thanks Jakki

    – MelDavies

  • meowiyer
    meowiyerover 4 years ago

    Mel! This is so lovely! I was hoping you would consider getting this into our group Feline Studio

    :D this is just awesome! hope to see it in the group, huh?

  • Danielle Reck
    Danielle Reckover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Danielle.

    – MelDavies

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserover 4 years ago

    brilliant so different

  • thanks margaret, sorry about the late reply

    – MelDavies

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 4 years ago

    Amazing artwork Mel. This is gorgeous work; so very feline!!! I honour your talent :-)

  • Many thanks Neil for such a wonderful compliment. Regards Mel

    – MelDavies

  • meowiyer
    meowiyerover 4 years ago

    yay! This image has been featured as part of our Cat Art Special on Feline Studio.

  • Wonderful news, you’ve made my day. Much appreciated. Mel

    – MelDavies

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