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Illustration depicting the 1920s Flapper taking her pet lion for an evening walk.
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(watercolor illustration on paper, 8X10, 2006)

"Flapper with her pet lion"

As a young girl and a fan of He-Man I used to dream of owning a large feline like Cringer for a pet. That was before I actually had my first real cat Ivan and before I heard about the Berberov family, whose family member was mauled by their pet lion. After that I decided that small felines i.e. domestic cats are definitely the way to go (if you don't want to get mulled that is).

Of course, my cat Tihon, just as all the other domestic cats, fancies himself a lion, regardless of the fact that he is only allowed to go outside on a leash. He accompanies my dog Ginger on her daily walks and is much better in walking on a path than she is. He carries himself with a lot of dignity, his head held high, tail swaying gracefully as he stolls around. As I walk behind him I often forget about his small size and see him as a king of the jungle. I imagine that instead of a cat I'm walking an actual lion and it makes me feel as if I myself were some kind of a fairytale or cartoon character. …and there is still a very good chance that I am!

"I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people."
George Bernard Shaw

"A lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing."
William Shakespeare

"Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn."
Martin Amis

"It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."
Elizabeth Kenny