Xīnnián kuàilè – Pussypots!

Happy Mew Year, Pussypots! My friend Bruce, a very fine Persian Blue, bought me a lovely present for Pussmass. A gorgeous three piece suit in blue stripey fabric – so summery, with a lovely waistcoat and a special little pocket for my ‘Tracker’ fob watch. I feel it’s summer already, darlings.

And a very special Happy Mew Year to Rusty, the confused canine. Bruce and I found Rusty’s poem in the last Bigbury News very amewsing! We cannot imagine a simple-minded pooch ever picking up a cat in its mouth. What most dogs would do is give the poor creature an entirely unwanted sniffing, before running around in circles, and barking for ten minutes. It was a lovely thought though, Rusty!

I do hope you were watching Sky Mews when that charming policeman knocked on the door of 10 Downing Street so that Larry the Cat could be allowed in to join our Prime Minister, Teezer Maybot, who was on her own, toasting her toes by the fire with a glass of sherry but without the company of her beloved mouser. Well done Pawfficer Tibbles for taking the initiative! It just goes to show the truly superior status of cats.

This is an exciting time for cats – we are nearing the Chinese New Year of the Tiger – tiger is the collective term for all felines! Yes, in 2022 the great day will arrive, and I am sure there will be a special celebration on Purrr Island!

In Chinese culture, cats and tigers are seen as the guardians of children. Infants and babies wear shoes and hats with tiger designs to protect against evil spirits. The Tiger is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) yín (寅) and the hours 3.00–5.00 in the morning – the hours when, as you all know – cats like to be at large in their territories, warding off warlocks and witches, and protecting children and dogs! In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the cat is yang – the bright and the positive force in the world, symbolised by the rays of the sun showering the earth with light.

In 2022 the element of water will be most significant in the Year of the Tiger – isn’t it wonderful that we will be by the sea at this time?! This means that if we cats and humans work hard, our lives will be full of fortune! So much to look forward to.

Oh, I nearly forgot! I expect you have all started your New Year’s resolutions? Here at The Artful Dodger Inn, Nancy and Fagin have promised to say ‘I love you!’ to each other every day. Isn’t that purrrfect?!

My New Year’s Resolution?
To teach Rusty, the old dog, a new trick! Hah, ha!

My other resolution?
To pamper myself a bit more…..
…which is the same as last year’s!

Happy New Year – 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè – pussypots!

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