My neighbor Sarah Koziol hosted the neighborhood cookie exchange today, and it was lovely. Her house was decorated beautifully and the mood was very festive! But what intrigued me the most, was her Siberian cat, Monacacy, that was the "life" of the party. Although friendly enough, or, shall I say curious enough, (Sarah claimed he is dedicated to only one person, her, much to her husband's and children's chagrin), that he methodically investigated all our plates, drinks, and pretty wrapped packages on the cocktail table. He was definitely not shy about licking said plates/drink cups, and did not sit in anyone's lap, but made his presence known by hanging out with us and listening in to the conversations pinging around the family room.
Apparently, they shed about twice a year, and are really from Russia. They were introduced in the states in 1990, so they have not been around that long here domestically. They also happen to be "hypoallergenic", and that is a large reason cat people who are allergic, have been trending to obtain a pure Siberian cat so they could live with a cat without the allergies so many people have with them today. A kitten can cost up to $1000 (or more), so they are truly an investment in furry-four-legged family expansion.
Photo of Monacacy - almost doglike in his playfulness and antics (loved tossing around the tomatoes on our plates), and his coloring, especially his face, looked liked it was painted on, and the Ladies of Harcourt/Harrow/Harwell!