Today is Dante's 8th Birthday! We know the exact date he was born because we got him from a Maine Coon breeder and, of course, this information is recorded. Here is a picture of Dante and his littermates nursing shortly after they were born. His mother's name is Lacocoon Eleanor Rigby. Dante's father is Lacocoon Sergeant Pepper, so he was definitely born with some "Beatles" blood running in his veins.
This is Dante at a couple of weeks of age.
And here he is a few weeks after that.
This is King Dante after we got him home -- he was about 12 weeks of age here.
Perhaps about five months old here. Notice how much more of his tabby stripes you can see before his full coat of fur came in!
Dante at 1 Year!
It's also interesting because Dante's eyes were amber originally, as you can see from this picture, but later turned to the vivid light green that they are today.
Now that we've given you a stroll through Dante's early days, let's bring you up to the present day, which is January 15, 2010! Dante is 8 years old today, and has been searching his whole life for the ladycat of his dreams -- and he finally met her. Of course you must know by now, that it is the exquisite Miss Camille Suzanne from "Our family cat-a-blog". They had their very first date on New Year's Eve and it was better than either of them could have ever dreamed.
Today, Dante wants to spend his birthday with his girl, and show her a good time on the town. First, they are going skating on the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa. Here's a picture of it so you can see. The Canadian Parliament buildings are in the background.
(The Rideau Canal is a beautiful sight throughout the year, but in the winter the canal turns into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" at 8 kilometers.)
After skating, Dante is taking Camille to the Chateau Laurier Hotel which is quite closeby, for a romantic dinner before returning home to spend some quiet time beside the fire.
Doesn't it look just like a castle? How romantic!!!
Here's a picture of the happy couple taken just after Miss Camille Suzanne arrived. Don't they look like they belong together?
Miss Camille Suzanne had a very special surprise for Dante, and she brought orange hats and balloons, too! She knows that orange is Dante's favourite colour -- especially since he's orange, himself.
While they were skating, they got a little frisky! But not to worry, they were only having fun. Dante is a true gentleman and would never sully Miss Camille Suzanne's reputation. They had a lovely time in the snow. Love is all around!
After dinner they went for a walk on the snowy downtown streets. They talked and laughed and got to know each better. Miss Camille Suzanne was having the time of her young life. She giggled at all the funny things that Dante was saying. Dante is quite the wit after all.
After a lovely evening back at home, Dante kissed his sweetheart gently, and escorted her to her awaiting boogie mat. "Thank you for making my birthday so PURRfect!" said Dante. Miss Camille Suzanne just batted her eyes and smiled. "Until we meet again, sweet Prince", she said as her mat gently took off into the night.
In no time flat, Camille was back at her own home, dreaming of the next time she would meet her true love. She was very eager to tell her Mom and her sister about the marvelous time she had.
Meanwhile, back in Ottawa, Dante was already dreaming peacefully. I think you might be able to guess what his dream was about.
Happy Birthday, Dante! We're so glad you finally met your match.
P.S. A very special thanks for Ann Adamus of Zoolatry for her wonderful creations!