The bonds that pet owners develop with their animals are oftentimes incredibly strong. Because of this, the death of animal, or a sudden disappearance of a pet, can cause individuals to be overwhelmed with grief. Such is the case with Eleanor Trgovich, a 90-year old Muster resident who is in shock following the disappearance of her partially blind cat, Blue. At 15 years of age, Blu is somewhat of a senior citizen in the cat world. Combined with the fact that she is partially blind, Blu's safety will continue to be danger until she is found.
Trgovich has been doing her best to help locate her beloved pet. Along with the assistance of her daughter, Trgovich has been placing both print and online advertisements around the town, all of which provide a detailed description of Blu's physical appearance. According to Trgovich, Blu is cream-coloured with small, grey-blue “points” appearing around her backside, tail area and face. Given the fact that Blu has had to undergo a series of surgeries, her ears are no longer pointed but are, instead, rounded. Due to the fact that Blu was unable to move around easily, Trgovich had not bothered to place any identifying tags or collars on her cat. This oversight, however, is proving quite costly in the search for Blu. Although members of her family are posting Blu's description across popular social media channels, there has not yet been any positive identification of the cat anywhere.
Nevertheless, Trgovich remains optimistic that Blu will return. She continually leaves lights on at the back of the house and places portions of Blu's favourite food, tuna, in a dish at the back door. Unfortunately, the food has not yet been touched. Although it appears that options may be running out for Trgovich in her attempt to find her beloved cat. Even if Trgovich is unable to be reunited with Blu, she continues to hope that someone else may have found her cat and is taking care of her.
The name of the painting, “My Wife's Lovers”, was coined by Birdsall's husband, who found his wife's fascination of cats to be both endearing and humorous. According to rumours, Birdsall was said to have possessed up to 350 cats at any given time. The felines were given their own floor in the Birdsall's mansion in Sonoma County. Those familiar with the family have also stated that Kate Birdsall hired servants specifically to tend to her cats. When creating the painting, Kahler spent nearly three years observing Birdsall's cats, taking note of their various personality traits and behaviours. Ultimately, this “research period” helped the painter create an authentic representation of each of Birdsall's beloved animals. Featuring such love and dedication on the part of both the commissioner and the artist, it should come as no surprise that “My Wife's Lovers” became the central attraction during the auction.
Stories such as this happen all too often, and the fact that pet owners have so few options available to them when attempting to locate their lost pets is precisely what makes these stories so sorrowful. Hopefully, Trgovich will experience an immense stroke of luck and be reunited with her beloved pet. After all, the bond between a pet and its owner is quite unique, indeed.