Sunday, August 24, 2008

An introduction to Pushkin


It's really rather rude of me not to have introduced you to my cat. He's a Russian Blue, a breed characterised by their grey fur and green eyes, so naturally we thought it was a frightfully witty, original idea to give him a Russian name. He is called Pushkin, after the great Russian writer and poet, Alexandr Sergeyevich Pushkin. Pushkin, pusskin, geddit? A quick trawl on the internet will show you that practically every other Russian Blue in the world is called Pushkin. So much for witty and original.
I did suggest other names, but these were shouted down by my children as being ridiculous or pretentious. I thought we could call him Dusty, short for Dostoevsky, which would be particularly suitable as he is the colour of those dust rabbits that lurk under the sofa. Or Khat, short for Khatchaturian. I was quite proud of this one, but it provoked particularly violent, pretend-sick, finger-down-the-throat reactions from the offspring. (Probably just as well: Khachaturian was born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, so although he is considered a Soviet composer, he isn't Russian. Especially at the moment.)
The children came up with suggestions of their own. Elvis was one, I seem to recall. However, I thought I might feel a bit of a prat going out into the garden of an evening and shouting: "Elvis!" One has to consider these things.
Pushkin is quite an intelligent cat, and can sit on command and beg for food like a dog. (Actually, let's be honest here, he will sit on command and beg if there is guaranteed food on offer, that he can clearly see. No reward, no tricks: that's his motto. I told you he was smart.)
He has only two bad habits: he likes hiding under cars (as in automobiles) and he has a very loud yowl, like a Siamese. His favourite trick is to run out of the house and disappear under the car just as you're about to drive somewhere. This is nothing to do with not wanting us to go away. He just seems to like winding us up.

17 comments:

HappyMouffetard said...

Beautiful! I always thought that Ceefer would be a good name (C for Cat) but our current garden layabouts came with names from the Rescue Centre - Bill & Ted. They do seem to have some excellent adventures, mostly involving getting stuck in various places.

Russian Blues always look so elegant.

I likE plants! said...

AWwwwww, what a handsome fella. Can't wait to see more pics of Pushkin.

Victoria said...

Ceefer is brilliant! I'm going to call my next cat that. I felt really guilty getting a breed cat instead of a rescue mog. I'd always had waifs and strays before, but my last cat, Perdita, had diabetes and various other problems and her life was one long stream of medical emergencies and constant visits to the vet. So this time we decided to try to find a cat that had a good record healthwise. Pushkin is indeed a handsome fella, and he's as nice as he is goodlooking, especially with kids.

Ewa said...

Pushkin is a damn cool name for a cat... congratulations

Gorilla Bananas said...

I call every cat I see 'Catkins'. Unless it's a big cat, when I give it a ruder name.

emmat said...

Ha ha my friend who teaches at Oxford has a cat calle Pushkin, but hers is half Abyssinian. Apparently Pushkin himself was descended from an Ethiop slave brought to court for catherine the great as a gift, so this is actually really appropriate...

easygardener said...

We have gone going to various Greek Islands over the years so our cats have had names like Lipsi and Halki - except the first one who came from the local Chinese take away - we named him China!

Philip Bewley said...

Pushkin is the purrfe...best name!
He is so beautiful, and looks so elegant in the garden.
We just got a Siamese kitten named Isis two weeks ago. I am exhausted!
:)
Best,
Philip

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I thought you were going to say that the cat was named after the flower Pushkinia! (A neat little bulb.) That's a beautiful cat & I hope you have many years together.

emmat said...

HOW ARE YOU FEELING? more importantly how's it looking? And most importantly of all what flavour cakes are you making? I can make anything you're not doing. So - I could do coffee, almond and cherry loaf, chocolate with marmalade, etc etc etc etc whatever you think. xx

Victoria said...

And where are the pictures of your cat, Mr Bewley? I shot over to your blog as soon as I read your comment, but found nothing. I'd love to see her.
MMD, I hope so too.
Emma, yes, Pushkin had slave blood, as did Alexandre Dumas pere, who I always think looks a bit like the Rev Al Sharpton. Maybe they're related.
Cakewise, I'm doing coffee, lemon (both sponge with frosting), lemon cheesecake, carrot cake, apple cake and maybe brownies and maybe a plain Victoria sponge. Chocolate with marmalade sounds amazing, but I have a weakness for cherry and almond and so does Craig. So maybe that one?
I'm fine, Craig is boiling up tablet, I think the garden is going to be OK, so all I'm worried about is the thunderstorm forecast for Sunday. I'm hoping it bypasses London.

emmat said...

right in that case I think -
chocolate hazelnut or marmalade, depending on what looks good on the supermarket baking goods shelf

and I'm beginning to veer towards bakewell tart - which would have same cherry and almond thing but is a bit stickier yum

could do both though, not too tricky

you can never have enough cake anyway and my boyfriend will get annoyed if i make cake and there's none for him

hmmmm.....going away to ponder final list

Victoria said...

Emma, I LURRVE Bakewell tart. Not that I want to influence you, or anything...

chamomilla said...

I totally agree that every blog (and garden!) should have a cat (or more!). Very nice blog...

Diane said...

I totally agree that every blog (and garden) should have a cat. I have one as well.

You have a lovely blog. And cat.

The Enduring Gardener said...

Pushkin meet Titus. Titus meet Pushkin. http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/garden-wildlife/

Lemoid said...

I knew a dashshund called Deefor- my husband would say - hmm not a proper dog therefore not correctly D for dog. Back to cats before i am neutered by the Dachshund Appreciation Society; my two are called Bamboolemur of Madagascar or Bamboo for short after the cute Bamboo Lemurs we saw in the rainforests there and Sudanese Jubes or Juba, after an African town in Sudan discovered on the way out to Madagascar – you know, those little screens on the back of aeroplane seats which tell you where the plane is flying and various statistics about your flight. Juba is in fact somewhat a handed down cat name, as we had a previous cat named Juba, this time a town in Sierra Leone which we visited as a children when my father was in the Foreign office out there. Why keep their cats home names of Baxter and Max when you can name them anything you please!