People and furry people who like The Leader Otis,
It’s Thomas. Brother Oliver told me to write today’s blog. He said it is Samuel Sunday, named after a famous American writer named Samuel Clemens. Oh, and Brother Oliver said he also called himself Mark Twain. Anyway, Brother Oliver said this Samuel, or Mark person really liked cats, and he had crazy hair and a super whiskery face. Brother Oliver thinks that I have the craziest hair and whiskeriest face in the house, so it should be me that writes the Samuel Sunday post.
OK, so how do we know that Samuel Clemens liked cats? Well, he talked about how great they were all the time! Here are a few quotes to give you some examples:
“Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these”
– quoted in “UC’s Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008.
“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
– from “An Incident,” in the book Who Is Mark Twain?
“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.”
– quoted in Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Fisher
That last quote especially shows that, not only did Mark Twain love cats, he was also a total genius! I am happy to declare today Samuel Sunday in honor of this amazingly enlightened human!