Thursday, January 14, 2010


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!


Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Wishing you the bestest birthdays of all. I had no idea that we shared a birthday!!! How neat is that. Maybe next year we will team up and have a combined party. I love the little kittie photos of you and what a handsome mancat you grew up to be.
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear sweet Dante
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy Birthday Dante! Mom is squealing over those kitten pictures. What a cutie kitten!!!!

Marlene said...

Happy Birthday Dante!

Mom is totally thrilled to see you as a kitten. So adorable and no wonder you grew up into such a handsome kitty.

9 and Chani

Catline Crew said...

Happy Birthday Dante!!! We loved the stroll down memory lane.

ZOOLATRY said...

Happy Birthday You Handsome Boy!
Maggy and Zoey

PS the human is hearing this song in her head:
"you sure were a beautiful baby... and baby, look at you now!"

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Birthday Dante. You already had your distinctive facial expression in the third photo, (second photo of you.) We are glad you had a lovely date with your girlcatfriend.

SeaThreePeeO said...

Happy Birthday Dante! It's strange to see you before your floof came in. You would never guess it was you!

Anonymous said...

Dante, all of us Good Cats wish you a happy birthday, and many more to come. We're also glad to hear about you and sweet Miss Camille Suzanne -- may your love continue to grow stronger!

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Purrthday, Dante! You were the most adorable kitten and have grown into a handsome mancat. We hope you have a fabulous day!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Happy Birthday to Dante- the World's most formidable Maine Coon Cat! I've seen them all and declare you the best my man! Wendy and I met when Dante's breeder posted a photo Wendy had sent him and I literally FELL off my computer chair- amazed by the sheer magnificence of the dear boy! LOVE you DANTE! Many Many Happy returns of the day! Many Many more birthdays to you!!! XO Your #1 Fan- CCL Carm

Cory said...

Purrrrrr....Dante you were an adorable baby kit and now you are such a handsome mancat! Happy Birthday to you! I brought some cat nip!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday to one of the most beautiful
cats I've ever seen!
Great pictures!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a cutie kitten - no wonder your mom loves you so much. What a lovely day with your ladycat sweetie - you are a true romatic Dante! Happy Birthday to you for all of us. The Ladycats are very jealous today!

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Birthday Dante! What a wonderful date you had with Miss Camille Suzanne.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

SuziQCat said...

Happy Birthday Dante...I loved seeing your baby pictures. Hope you have a great day!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday, Dante!! We loved seeing your baby pictures! How cute!!!

We hope you are having a wonderful birthday...but from the pictures with Miss Camille Suzanne, we can see that you are!!

Elizabeth and Connor said...

Wow, even at a young age he had a regal bearing! Many more happy birthdays to you, handsome guy!

The Crew said...

Well, happy purrthday Dante,and many more. My, what cute little guy you were back then.

You & Camille make such a lovely couple.

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

Happy Birthday Dante!!!!!!!!! How fantastic that your mom has pictures of you from when you were so young.....our mamabug was especially taken with the one of you and your litter mates soon after you were born.

We also loved all the pics of you and Camille make such a beautiful couple....xxxxxxxxxx

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Happy Birthday Dante! You were the most adorable of the kits! And you are quite a handsome mancat. Camille is very lucky!

Whimpurr said...

Happy Birthday to the fabulous Dante and congrats on his lovely partner as well!

Lisa Kolosey said...

Wonderful! Bravo!!

I love the shot of Dante at 12 full of himself, but so innocent.

~Lisa Co9T

Amy & the house of cats said...

Happy Birthday Dante!! We hope you have a wonderful day! Here is our birthday song for you!!

What day is today?
It's Dante's Birthday!
What a day for a Birthday!
Let's all have some cake!

We hope you have lots of fun and treats today!!

loki said...

Happy Birthday Dante!


Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

*sigh* Happy Purrthday Dante, yoo and Camille make such a lovely couple and we're glad yoo gots to spend time together fur yoor purrthday!

Cats in trees said...

Happy birthday Dante! So hard to imagine you as an itty bitty kitten. But you were and you were adorable.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY PURRDAY DANTE!!! You are a true gentlemanlycat!!! What a wonderfurl way to spend you purrday, with the ladycat of your dreams! You both seemed to have enjoyed your time together! Hope you had a furry magical purrday!!!

The Monkeys said...

Happy Birthday, Dante!! OMG our Mom thinks you were SO adorable (and still are, of course). We LOVE your kitten pics!

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Happy Birthday, Dante! It looks like you have a spectacular day and we wish you lots of treats and scritches in the year to come.

Charlemagne and Tamar

Jans Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday, Dante. Don't have to ask if you had a good day.

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

What a lovely photo album, from newborn to now...Have a Magnificent Birthday, Oh Handsome One!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Dearest, I have spent the day prePURRing for our magical evening together. My ♥ belongs to you and only you.

Your Miss Camille Suzanne

Miss Camille Suzanne's momma said...

Miss Camille Suzanne was wearing her traveling outfit. Don't all proPURR ladies do so? What a special time the two of them had this evening.

Wonder what will take place on Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Dante! We really enjoyed seeing all of your "growin' up" photos:) And we're so happy that you've found your one true love!

GLOGIRLY said...

Happy Birthday Wishes to you, Dante!
... although it sure looks like all your wishes have already come true!
We loved the whole story and especially all the wonderful photo creations. Miss Camille Suzanne is QUITE a catch.

(Glogirly's cat)

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

When you are all rested up after your birthday date, there's an award waiting for you on our blog

Cat with a Garden said...

Oh Dante, happy 8th birthday!
We're one day late but it's better late than never, isn't it? We so enjoyed those baby and youngster pictures of you. What a glorious Maine Coon you are!

Margaret said...

Happy Birthday, Dante.

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Dante! It is hard to believe that you were once as small as I still am!