A lot of people just starting their careers as professional pet assistants ask me, “What was Tabs really like? What was it like working for such an iconic figure in the feline fashion industry?” and I usually tell them about Christmas 2016.
Tabs was at the pinnacle of his kitty modeling career. I was juggling working full time as a pet assistant with being a new mom to Connor Claire, who was born in March of that year.
I won’t lie; it was tough. It was a crazy busy time.
Tabs was booked for modeling jobs every day through December, and I normally would have been in charge of managing his schedule — you know, preparing his gravy, booking his favorite photographers for gigs, and making sure he always had a daily appointment with a masseuse in every city for his deep-tissue kitty massage — but I was burning the candle at both ends. Connor was eight months old, and I really wanted a few days off around Christmas.
I asked Tabs for a few days off, knowing full well how busy we were.
Without hesitating, he gave me a week off for Christmas.
Because THAT’s the kind of cat he was. He wasn’t just the greatest kitty supermodel of all time. He was also the best employer I’ve ever had.
Somehow, Tabs still managed to keep every one of his kitty modeling appointments that December. He reached out to his vast network of friends, including his mentor, fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn, who helped Tabs complete his iconic look for Christmas 2016…
The unforgettable “Rainbow Sparkle.” 😊😺
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,