Recently, I was able to pet cats, talk about cats, photograph cats, write about cats and call it “work.”

During my last week at the Bangor Daily News, I was interviewing Robert Morris, a resident of the Maine Veterans’ Home, when I noticed a black cat was rubbing against his shoes. Morris introduced the cat as Miss Kitty and I learned she lives at the home along with two other cats.

What a great topic for a feature story for the my new paper, the Machias Valley News Observer.

So, on Friday, July 1, I interviewed Activities Director Jen Wood and the three residents who have special relationships with the cats — Morris, Orlando King and Polly Davis.

The first cat to come to the home was Shadow, who belonged to a former resident. He has since bonded himself to King.

Miss Kitty is closest to Morris and Chrissy belongs to Davis.

For the scoop, check out the July 6 edition of the MVNO. In the meantime, enjoy these photos that didn’t make it into the paper.

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Shadow walks through the halls of the Maine Veterans Home in Machias. For some reason, this is one of my favorite photos from this shoot.
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Maine Veterans Home resident Orlando King joins is friend Shadow as he makes his daily rounds.
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Shadow sits in one of the halls of the Maine Veterans Home.
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This close-up of Shadow was taken while he was lying on Orlando King’s bed.
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Shadow relaxes on a chair in one of the common areas.
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Orlando King pets Shadow in his room at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, Maine.
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Miss Kitty is a bit more shy than Shadow. She has bonded most closely with veterans home resident Robert Morris.
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Activities Director Jen Wood greets Miss Kitty at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias.
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Chrissy loves her human, Polly Davis. Unlike the other cats at the Maine Veterans Home, Chrissy actually belongs to Davis’ and stays in her room.
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Chrissy gives her attention to the photographer.
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The display outside Polly Davis’ room shows how much she loves her cat.

 

2 thoughts on “When work isn’t work

  1. I love this story about our MVH cats! Thank you Johanna for capturing the beauty of the relationship between our cats and the residents. It was a pleasure!

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