By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Yes, there really is a day called Defy Superstition Day, and that day is today–September 13. In addition to September 13 being the birthday of my husband, Steven, it is a great day for hanging out with black cats. Well, everyday is a great day for that!
One of my former cats, Gigolo, was all black. Everyone who met him, adored him. So, in honor of Gigolo’s memory and Defy Superstition Day, go ahead and pet a black cat. You may experience good fortune. And one of my new kittens, Karma (she is almost a year old) is all black.
In Great Britain, Australia, and Japan, black cats are considered good luck. In the 18th century, English ships would not leave port without the ship’s black cat. He controlled the weather and provided good luck and protection. Anyone who threw the ship’s cat overboard would be flogged at the very least–possibly even executed. They took their black cat lucky charm very seriously.
Happy Defy Superstition Day!
Many of you know that I write a pet column for Parade.com. This week I interviewed actress Marlane Barnes, who stars in the Twilight movies, Mad Men, and the upcoming Showtime series Masters of Sex. In my interview with Marlane, she talks about the importance of spaying/neutering pets, and her role as ambassador for SpayFIRST!. I hope you will take a look.