One of the things we do here at CatTail Studio Arts when we have the honor of selling a new pet dish to a customer is to ask for the story behind the name and a photo of the happy recipient to add to our blog roll. It is a fun way for us to see our handiwork in use and our customers can have the pleasure of seeing their pet posted on our blog. I can’t tell you how many times we receive a photo or a story and it puts an instant smile on our faces. Through ‘Customer Cat Tales’, we share some of our favorites with you.
This past week we did more than smile when this photo came in with the message, “Thanks for the excellent dishes I bought on Etsy. Here are Sgathach and Fridtjof.”
Sgathach and Fridtjof. Now those are some interesting cat names!
To the internet…
Seconds later I was learning about Sgathach – the legendary Scottish warrior woman from Irish mythology – and Fridtjof Nansen – a man of Norwegian heritage who over the course of his lifetime was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate; a humanitarian; a diplomat instrumental in getting Prince Carl of Denmark to accept the Norwegian throne when it gained independence; an explorer to the North Pole and Greenland; a scientist in the fields of zoology, neurology and oceanography; a champion skier and skater; and the conceiver of the Nansen passport for refugees.
Wow! Who says you can’t learn something new from a cat? Not me!
I circled back with the customer to thank her for the photo and my new-found knowledge, only to have it all confirmed:
“Fridtjof (the cat) made it clear he had a bit of Viking in him. His adventures in my shelves earned him the nickname Scarfsbane. Sgathach is named for the Scottish warrior queen who had a battle college on the Isle of Skye (named for her) where she trained the great Irish hero Cuchullain. So the dishes are fit for a queen, and good enough for Viking loot! Thanks!”