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In the year 2000 I was living alone on my yacht in La Linea, Spain, when a close friend persuaded me to get a ship’s cat, for company. After some thought I agreed and we went, together, to the Cat Welfare Centre in Gibraltar where, we had been told, they had a number of cats looking for homes. The number turned out to be 100 but the staff were quite expert in their knowledge of the cats and helped me to choose one which they thought would be most suitable.

How right they were and Patrici immediately settled down to her new life as ship’s cat and my close friend and companion.

In 2003/4 after a motorcycle accident left me with a broken foot and other injuries, she took on the role as nurse which gave her the experience to be my full time nurse after a heart by-pass operation in 2005.

I am now married and with my wife we live in Romania, where Patrici has found that her world has expanded a thousand fold but, her love and affection continues, widened by an extra person to love.

I have opened a shop with CafePress to sell some of my designs on clothing, iPhone & laptop cases, jewellery and lots more:

http://www.cafepress.com/denmar

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Comments

  • adrisimari
    adrisimariover 4 years ago

    Patrici is so lovely! She’s so lucky to have such a good friend like you! ♥

  • Thank you :)
    She has now been my most adorable friend and companion for 10 years and her love never wains :) :)
    She was born on St Patrick’s Day – hence the name :) and ‘our’ yacht was called St Christopher – patron saint of sailors :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait of this kitty, Dennis!!

  • Thank you Carol, she has been my loving friend since 2000 including nursing me well after my heart operation in 2005.
    We then lived on our small yacht together in Gibraltar but now we live in Romania and she has lots of friends (7 cats and 2 dogs) plus lots of space for her adventures :0
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • Loretta Marvin
    Loretta Marvinabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! We are still voting on our feature banner so we should have it for either Friday or Monday’s features.

  • Many thanks for the feature, I will put a red ribbon around Patrici’s neck :)
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • Carol2
    Carol2almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Dennis!! Happy New Year!!

  • Thank you Carol :)
    She certainly is loving and adorable but with a strong character.
    For a very long time she would sit in the doorway and every time one of our other 6 cats went in or out she would hit them on the top of the head with a closed fist as if she was counting them in and out :0
    We now leave a window open and she sits on the window ledge. They seem to ask her if it’s OK to pass and some rush past as fast as their legs will carry them.
    She really is friendly though and has been trying for the whole of the 3 years that we have been in Romania to become their friends. Although she seems to keep trying on a daily basis no way will they play with her :(
    Happy New Year :) :)
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Laura :)
    Patrici will be very pleased :)
    Regards
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 3 years ago

    Patrici with a very beautiful lady that would add to anyone’s joy of sailing the high seas!!!!!
    Congratulations on being featured!!!! Bill

  • Thank you very much Bill :)
    Patrici is still a very large part of my life :)
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    You are most welcome, is portrait is gorgeous…hugs Laura

  • Thank you :)
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    A beautiful portrait of Patrici and lovely story to go with it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Many thanks Joycee :)
    Your comments are very welcome.
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 3 years ago

    Stunning portrait of your beautiful, beloved Patrici….what a lucky kitty she is!

  • Patrici really is adorable and would live on my knee, if she could :)
    If she thinks that I am ignoring her, when using the computer, she will press the keys so that the windows fly in all directions.
    She always joins me when I am working around the house and often tests how adhesive newly painted items are….
    Dennis

    – Dennis Melling

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    April 12,2012 Gorgeous!

  • Thank you so very much Ann :)
    Regards

    – Dennis Melling

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