17 August: Black Cat Appreciation Day

DrNworb (also Doug) and his wife live in Vancouver, where they enjoy the company of their cats and regular foster families of cats found abandoned in that city. Aside from their good work providing a foster home till permanent homes are found for their cat families, they make charming, touching, amusing, great videos of their cats and cat charges, easily my favorite cat videos on YouTube!

Here’s the most recent video in their series, an in depth look at Panther, their black cat, and a reminder that the 17th of August is Black Cat Appreciation Day! Take a look:

In celebration of the day, here’s a link to other people involved in cat rescue, specifically black cats: https://www.facebook.com/blackcatrescue?hc_location=timeline

Technically, Andy and Dougy aren’t black cats, something that is readily obvious when they plop down and take a belly up snooze: The boys are greyish cats with black faces, ears, legs, tails, and… maybe I should think of them as black cats! Never mind. For this one day, they are honorary black cats. I’ll treat them like little princes. Oops! I already do! No celebration there. I’ll have to think about how to ramp it up a bit for the boys on this big day.


The Indonesian national flag.

The Indonesian national flag.

Today is Indonesian Independence Day, too. Though the Dutch regard a later day as the day of Indonesian Independence, 17 August 1945 is the date the Indonesians themselves celebrate. It all began with this short announcement from Sukarno, their first President:

Bung Karno (Brother or Comrade Karno) was Indonesia’s President from 1945 through 1967.

I used to write an Indonesian boy when I was a kid. We carried on a 35 year correspondence.