Beaujolais, a model cat

20 09 2008

Barb and Dean, our former neighbors, friends and gracious hosts in Spokane last week, have a 19-year old Persian cat named Beaujolais. Thanks to a vet who tends to big game cats, Beaujolais is doing great these days, despite her advanced age. She is friendlier and more active than she was when Michael and I would pet-sit for Barb in Virginia!

Beaujolais has definitely earned her keep—she earned $50,000 one year modeling when she was about four years old! Barb had taken her for a vet visit and a pet food supplier told her she should have some photos made and get some modeling jobs for that beautiful cat. Barb did just that and ended up getting some gigs for Beaujie for Hallmark, among other clients. Beaujie has appeared on page-a-day calendars, greeting cards, posters, and even hit the small screen in the first-ever Advil commercial, in which she sat in the lap of an elderly woman while the woman described her arthritic pain woes. During our visit, we also learned that Barb herself did some modeling when she was younger! Like mother, like daughter.

Barb loves to tell the story of how Beaujie put Barb and her son and daughter through college that year. She pulled out some sample print pieces that featured Beaujie’s image. After showing us one of the Hallmark greeting cards, she set it on the coffee table. Immediately after, Beaujie—ever the modeling pro—jumped onto her fringed throne-tuffet and I got this shot. Serendipity!