Margaret and Karen have sponsored today in memory of their beloved feline companion, Eleanor Julia Talbot, who passed away two years ago. Eleanor was not so much a people-person, but she found a loving home and grew fond of another feline in their household, Butchie Barney Nishitani. I know that Margaret and Karen provided Eleanor with love on her terms, and she was a lucky cat to have found such terrific humans to look after her.
As most of you know, Margaret is a wonderful artist who has created paintings of the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees. Below is one of my favorites – Annie grooming Missy. To me, the painting, and the photo that it was based on, really show how important relationships are. It’s true whether we are humans, chimpanzees, or cats like Eleanor and Butchie.