Back in 2010, I blogged about my visit to the cat sanctuary on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. At that time I wondered why no one had ever written a book about these cats; it seemed the perfect fit for a children’s story. Since that time, I’ve been puttering away on this project, working with my colleague Kallie George to develop some sort of meaningful story. This project keeps getting pushed to the bottoms of our respective piles, but this week I’m reminded of it with the announcement that the last two cats from the sanctuary have been adopted.
Yep, the real Parliamentary Cats are officially history . . . but perhaps they can live on in a children’s book. Here’s some of the sketches I did, imagining characters and personalities for the characters.