My Collection of Other Related Items
When out on the hunt for Maneki Nekos,one will most likely come across other items of interest that may not quite fit the profile, but are fun and interesting of their own right. Here are some of the related items that I have acquired over the years, as well as the kitties (of course!).
These Darumas were both found at Value Village n two seperate occasions. The large one already had an eye painted in (which means a wish was made, you then paint in the other one when it comes true), but the little one was blank and brand new.
These monkeys were also found at Value Village on two seperate occasions. The little one appears to be holding what looks like a silver wok, while the larger monkey's item is more detailed and it looks more like the traditional bell that is on a Maneki Neko's collar.
This is a reproduction of a gold Chinese ingot. Maneki Nekos and other lucky icons (especially ones related to earning money) can often be seen holding one of these. They are said to bring luck in finance.
This is a strange item I found in China Town in Vancouver. It is a beckoning horse, complete with raised hoof and lucky coin. On the back of it, there is a blue saddle with some chinese characters and the words "lucky horse". There were many lucky horses of varying sizes, as well as some pigs and raccoons.
This is Lucky, my little baby girl cat. She is a runty marbled Tabby Tortie mix (Torbie?). She is 4 years old and has been with us since kittenhood. She is a very timid and fraidy little sweetie who enjoys lounging about, sleeping, looking out windows and being spoiled.
This was Fatso, he was my favorite, my baby, the best cat I ever met, until his diabetes sadly took him away from me in November of 2005. I am still crushed. He was a senior and a rescue cat (abandoned at the SPCA after 10 years with a family) with more character than most people you'll meet. He was with us for 18 short months. He is missed, loved and thought of every day.
This furry doughnut looking thing is Sprinkles. He is a 2 and a half year old silver tabby. He is a very tall and long lanky gimp with a very sweet personality. He is a great cuddly pal. We are still getting comfortable with eachother, and getting to know him, but he has been making a good adjustment and fitting in quite nicely (he was a shelter cat too).
This is Thalassah. She is 14 years old and is living with my mother. She looks very graceful but is a very high maintenance, needy, hungry, squawky girl who knows what she wants and when she wants it. She enjoys defending her turf, screaming and furring up all my black clothes.
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