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.
It happened 137 years ago today that Thomas Alva Edison patented the electric light bulb. During his lifetime, he registered over 1090 patents in many different disciplines but he is likely most remembered for his work with electricity. For some time in his career, he worked for General Electric and was a proponent of the use of direct current (DC) in the marketplace.
Another great name in the field of electricity is Nikola Tesla. He, too, was a prolific inventor with over 700 patents on record. For some time in his career, he worked for Westinghouse Electric and was a proponent of the use of alternating current (AC) in the marketplace.
With that bit of background, it will come as no surprise that there were times in their lives when Edison and Tesla were the best of friends. But there were also times when they found themselves in the middle of what I have jokingly seen described as ‘the great electric catfight’.
Today we bring you a story of two brothers named Edison and Tesla who get along just fine.
The story as sent in by our customer…
“I work for the local electric utility and our field crew has a fleet of company trucks. A coworker was driving around one morning in August and started hearing meowing. He pulled over, lifted the hood of the truck, and found four kittens huddled together on top of the engine. He brought them into the cab of the truck and drove a bit further, but continued to hear meowing. He pulled over and looked again only to find a fifth kitten. We estimate they were all about two weeks old.
My coworker took them home and bottle-fed them and cared for them for about five weeks and then started looking for homes. He had a big dog who was frustrated with how much of his owner’s time the kittens were taking up!
Three found homes quickly. I knew the last two were adorable and needed to find a home soon or he’d have to take them to the local shelter. I had lost my fourteen-year-old cat, Kitty, a few months earlier and wasn’t sure I was ready, but I agreed to foster them while my coworker and I continued to search for their forever home.
Suffice it to say, four days after they moved in, they were permanent. I picked the names Tesla and Edison as a tribute to their mom’s decision to hide them from the rain in a truck owned by the electric company!”