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Cats from Hydra Harbor {Hydra}

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“Many of the cats in my book The Secret Life of Greek Cats were photographed on the island of Hydra,” explains author Joan Paulson Gage.

 “On a recent trip back to Hydra, I was curious to see if the economic crisis in Greece had affected the island's feline population. The harbor cats were there, as numerous as always. They were gathered to greet the tourists, waiting under the taverna tables for handouts, and avoiding being trampled by the donkeys in the harbor, who are the only form of transportation on Hydra,” Joan Paulson Gage continues.

“Every time I'd comment that the Hydra cats seemed thinner than before, my daughter Eleni would point out a fat cat who clearly enjoyed a regular meal schedule. The best fed and happiest cats on the island are, of course, house pets and store cats. The harbor cats have a harder life, but they regularly greet the fishing boats as they come in in the morning, hoping for scraps when fish are cleaned. They also keep an eye on the private boats anchored in the harbor-- to the point of mastering tightrope walking, if it will win a tasty bite. Even the wildest of the feral cats, when the sun begins to set, have to stop a moment and wonder at the beauty of their island, and take a moment to wish for good hunting and a full stomach tomorrow.”

You can find The Secret Life Of Greek Cats at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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28 comments:

  1. These kitties sure look cute waiting for the boats of tourists to come in. Yes, house cats always have it best.

    These pictures are lovely! I've never seen Hydra before.

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  2. How beautiful! They are intelligent and have very good taste. :)

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  3. Such adorable kitties. I sure hope they get plenty of food.

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  4. Smart kitties - hanging around the harbor. That's the place to be if fish is the goal.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  5. Thank heavens for the kindness of the fishermen and strangers who help the harbor cats survive.....They are so sweet - and patient!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  6. What lovely cats - we hope they get given lots of fish and treats.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  7. What a beautiful place for the cats to live.

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  8. Cats have to be clever to be well fed! Lovely pics.

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  9. Cats are immune from the Eurozone crisis. What do they care?

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  10. They each make do with their situation. I'd be very popular there as I'd toss something to every cat I saw.

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  11. They are so beautiful, aren't they?!
    Lovely Greek cuties!!!
    Hugs and kisses, sweetheart!

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  12. ~~~~~~~~ waves two everee one in Hydra.....we hope ewe all R doin grate N everee one haz plentee ta eat & drink....all wayz ♥♥♥♥♥

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  13. That would be a good place to get fish!

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  14. I'd love to be a tourist and have kitties greeting me. Hope the harbor cats get lots of fish. That reminds me of the fishing village on Martha's Vineyard that I love - cats are always hanging around the fish markets. :)

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  15. What beautiful photos! And how nice of the fisherman to give them some yummy fish!

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  16. Looks like a beautiful place to hang out!
    Have a super Thursday...

    Noodle cat and crew

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  17. Very nice!
    Please come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-little-bit-squirrelly.html

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  18. How lovely! I do love the kitties even though ours only comes out to yell at me for more food or water ;-)

    Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday again this week!

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  19. What lovely pictures. I must confess I had never heard of Hydra island - but the Greeks have so many islands that is impossible to know them all :)

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  20. Lovely place for the cats to live!

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  21. So precious! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  22. I bet those harbor cats keep the harbor rat population down too!

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  23. Absolutely lovely.

    (I'm having an Avengers geek moment and want to say Hail Hydra!)

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  24. Disneyland has hundreds of feral cats to keep the rat population under control. Once in a while we'll see them.

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  25. Oh my goodness, I remember all the cats on Hydra when I went there! We bought cat food and fed them and I had a wonderful time in a square surrounded by about 30 cats!! And the ones around the harbour were hilarious!!! One was so keen to get at the fish that he fell in the water!!x

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  26. Those cats are adorable. Thanks for linking up for Wordlless Wednesday! have a great weekend.

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  27. I hope they fatten up! I don't want to see any kitty hungry!

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