Saturday, May 5, 2012
“Kotyk” Means “Kitty” in Ukrainian
have been published in National Geographic Magazine, USA Today, Boston Globe, Harvard Press etc. As Tania’s Facebook fan page said, “for the past 18 years the photographer has been sharing her time between
and Newton, Massachusetts, USA . A graduate of Maryland Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine has traveled the world with her camera. Her work has been shown
internationally in more than 80 personal exhibits and published in hundreds of
books, magazines and newspapers. She
is the author of an album of photographs "Simply Ukraine" and a
Fulbright Scholar.” College of Art Tania
To all these titles I can add, I am so happy that I know Tania personally – she is a wonderful woman and amazing person, a mother and a grandmother, and I was very glad to find out that Tania is a cat person, like me! And she got a cat with very Ukrainian name!
I asked Tania to tell more about her Kotyk, and this is a story she told me – with a sad beginning and with happy-end.
So, Kotyk is 5 years old, he is from
. Tania’s daughter Larissa is a
teacher in Bronx,
New York New York. One kid from
school where Larissa works found this cute black-and-white kitty on a street
and wanted to bring to school. School security took the cat from a kid on an
entrance and explained, that there no pets allowed in a school. Larissa just
happened to enter a school door, she heard a conversation and she convinced the
school security to keep this kitty until classes are finished – she said, she
will take a little fellow home. So she did.
The kitty was very weak and not healthy, but Larissa, her husband Volodia and husband’s friend took a good care about the cat and they brought him back to a great cat’s shape.
Larissa and Volodia were visiting Tania every weekend and Kotyk (that’s how they named the cat) was traveling with them. In few months everyone has noticed that Kotyk is behaving very interesting – when it was time for Larissa and Volodia to leave, Kotyk simple was disappearing and showing up at Tania’s place when they gone. So, it was only decision in this case – that cat will stay with Tania, period.
So he stays happily with Tania and, as I can see, he is catching a lot from her artistic personality. Take a look at the picture below – Kotyk is reviewing an art:
Kotyk also likes watching cartoons about mice on TV:
Kotyk is nice and polite – on the picture below he is wishing a Happy Valentine Day to Tania’s granddaughter Alanna:
And finally, Kotyk is peacefully resting in Tania’s arms, after working hard online all day. As you can see, he is advanced cat and he knows what technologies are! And he is just happy to be with Tania :)