Sir Charles Neville, a very special cat.

“I purchased this painting in a tiny shop nearby — two black cats and a sable cat at Cluny, the medieval cloister also nearby.  The artist, Pouchelon aka Pouch, was an illustrator for Le Monde.  Most of his paintings feature cats!  He obviously anticipated the arrival of my two black kids and my sable kid.  Even the proportions are perfect: hefty Charles in the lead, wiry André in the middle and dainty Serena bringing up the rear.” quoting Deborah in her account of how she got her three cats from Maine to Paris. 

My friend Deborah once took her three kitties to France. Their full adventure can be read if you type Post 1022 in the search box and enter. Two of the three cats have gone on to the greatest adventure of all now – over the rainbow – and, sadly, Charles joined the late Serena on August 31, 2011. Charles’ half brother André survives.

Deborah shared a project she’s put together in Charles’ memory with me. I knew he and the other kitties were special – pedigree – Bombays, yet little did I know Charles had been featured on Animal Planet in “Cats 101: the Bombay”! This purr baby – because Charles had a constant purr according to Deborah – seemed to fit the classic definition of the breed, with his desire to snuggle with his humans, for example, and which Charles did especially with his special human BBF, Deborah’s young granddaughter!

Deborah writes: “He stole my heart, immediately, with his purr, and then his self-assured swagger, and his loving nature.” 

Charles is the kitty boy on the grooming table in the video, as well as the one following after the human, and coming out from under the bed. Deborah speculates that part of why he was chosen by the producers of the program was his expressive eyes.
Here’s a better look at those eyes – Charles in front, André behind.

16 thoughts on “Sir Charles Neville, a very special cat.

  1. My heart goes out to Deborah and kitty Andre on the loss of Charles. He was a handsome fellow. If Deborah would like, we can add flowers for Charles, and Serena, to the memorial garden here.

    I loved the story of the three cats and their adventure in Paris.

  2. I read the Deborah’s post about the death of Serena .
    And now it is Charles ! What a sadness !
    You make me know Pouch ( I am ashamed to say I did not know him )
    Why this Deborah trip to Paris with her cats ?
    Where did you find the medieval Pouch ‘s painting ? 🙂
    In friendship

    • Her trip to Paris was to try to convince a mutual friend, Ralph, to give up an apartment in Paris, where some financial and legal issues were complicating his life, and move to Provence. Unfortunately, he resisted the help and has since died. She intended to move to France if our friend had been more amenable to her plan. She speaks French, studied at the Sorbonne in the early 1970s.

      • Rather, the problems were in Paris, not Provence.

        The drawing was found in a tiny shop near our friend’s apartment.

        Deborah was delighted her kitties were welcome in Paris restaurants. In America, service animals are allowed in restaurants, but the rule generally is no animals allowed for health reasons, not even pedigree cats!

    • Yes, I agree. The serendipitous find of the drawing that matched her cat population at the time becomes even more precious, I have no doubt, now that just one kitty boy remains.

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