When Ruth Pettigrew started making custom cat houses while working as an arts professor at Colorado State University, she knew not just any cat house would do.
Felines are finicky, and they like the security of enclosed spaces. Open a paper bag and they crawl in and settle down. Their sanctuaries need to be inviting and functional and appealing to the cats’ natural instincts.
“I just enjoy cats,” said Pettigrew. “I think they’re such interesting animals. They have their own presence.”
As an artist, “I’ve just always liked to observe the world around me,” in specific order, animals, humans, and the ever-changing environment. As a result, she’s spent a lifetime observing feline behavior, which she considers in the design of each structure.
“I’m kind of a lucky person” Mary Bauer said. “About eight years ago, I went to the Ellen DeGeneres show and was called from the audience to play a game of musical chairs. I beat out a gentleman who was about 6’4” and won a big screen TV.
“I happened to get on that show because a friend’s mom had a ticket,” Mary said. “I was excited to even be in line, it was the first time for something like this. I knew I was kind of lucky to be chosen from the audience. It’s the way things often happened to me.”
Later, Mary went to a program called, “Unleash the Power Within,” an event put on by life coach and author Tony Robbins. He picked her out of a crowd of 600 people and held an intervention with her (helped her see some of the problems she was having in life … to clarify what was going on). He sat with her for about an hour, listening and talking.
Robin Wadhams has been a professional photographer for nine years. She not only has a passion for photography, she’s also passionate about horses.
After she and her husband Gary moved to the Western Slope from Golden eight years ago, she traveled through Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge. She found outstanding landscapes, and horses to photograph everywhere in those landscapes.
Robin has ridden horses since she was 11 years old and living near Sacramento in California.
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