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.
Being the day after April Fools, we are presenting a small twist on our usual Customer Cat Tale and bringing you a Customer Guinea Pig Tale!
Today, no fools, is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. This is the day America honors the iconic peanut butter and jelly sandwich that so many of us know and love. And, lest you think that the love for PB&J is something that passes as we cross over into adulthood, consider that the average American will eat roughly 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lifetime. Depending on whose data you subscribe to, half to two-thirds of those sandwiches will be consumed before we graduate high school but that leaves half to one-third to be consumed in our adult years. We are a country of peanut butter and jelly lovers! [As an aside, the average European will eat less than one jar of peanut butter in their entire lifetime so this truly is just an American thing.]
One of the obvious ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is by making your favorite combination and enjoying it for lunch. Or, if you want to make more of a statement, you can join the PB&J Campaign and eat for a cause. Yep, really, there is an organization built around making a difference through the consumption of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! In our case, we decided to post the story PB & Fig.
Last year, we received an order for a guinea pig bowl to be shared by a couple of cavies affectionately called PB & Fig. You can probably guess by now that their American owner is a fan of peanut butter and jelly. PB is a cute, fluffy, peanut-butter-colored guinea pig. Fig was named after the fig jelly that goes on its owner’s favorite PB&J.
Unfortunately, before we had even completed the bowl for this adorable pair, the owner contacted us to let us know that Fig passed on to guinea pig heaven. We had already glazed the bowl with Fig’s name on it and had it in the kiln ready to fire. What to do? We offered to try to wash the name off the bowl and replace with a new name before firing it. And the owner also considered naming the replacement guinea pig as FigII as no one would be the wiser. In the end, though, she made the decision that we should proceed as planned and the bowl became a small memorial for Fig.
In keeping with that sentiment and in celebration of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we remember Fig with a blog post, our hand-made guinea pig bowl and one of our personal favorites – a natural peanut butter and royal fig jelly sandwich. No fools!