Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 613 – Beauty Article

So this is gonna be a pretty quiet Independence Day by Tabs’ standards. He used to go all out, of course. As you can probably imagine, he was all about celebrating the 4th. He lived a life figuratively filled with fashion fireworks, and his flamboyant personality dazzled the night sky on many occasions. He was a regular fixture at the annual Marin County fair every July, which due to current events has been cancelled this year. He would purrform some…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 612 – Beauty Article

Tabs never knew his real dad. He grew up a stray on the mean streets of Mill Valley, and when he came to live with us, it was more of an employer-employee relationship, where I served as his gravy chef, deep-tissue kitty masseuse, fur stylist and executive assistant. But he and El Hub had a very special relationship. It wasn’t really parental, but they had a deep friendship. If Tabs were here, he would wish El Hub a Happy Father’s…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 611 – Beauty Article

When Tabs would walk the halls at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC headquarters, you had to be on guard. It was like being in the military when a four-star general walked by. “Atten-hut! Officer on deck!” He had high standards and demanded a lot. You were expected to work long hours, sometimes even preparing gravy for his midnight snacks. You were also expected to be on call 24/7 for fur maintenance. That’s just the way it was. There was no…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 609 – Beauty Article

Dapper days Fashion journalist André Leon Talley once called Tabs “the daring darling zenith of feline fashion,” and without question, Tabs made his mark in high fashion because of his penchant for elaborate haute couture and his over-the-top sense of style. Side note/fun fact: he once dressed up as a different Victoria’s Secret angel every day for an entire month. THERE WERE A LOT OF SEQUINS. And in case you were wondering, yes, the feathers on the wings turned out…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 608 – Beauty Article

Happy Memorial Day weekend from Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC! Our new CFO (Chief Feline Officer), Pretty Girl Rosie, has continued the company tradition of holding the big Summer Kickoff Employee Picnic and Barbecue. This year, we’re doing it over Zoom, but I know it’ll still be fun. Tabs was a great role model, especially when it came to cutting loose and having fun. Work hard, play hard — that was his motto. And, as soon as it’s safe to,…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 607 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a lover. He loved many things, including gravy, fame, fashion, fabulous fur and fantastic bargains. He was a die-hard budget beauty fan. Of course, he also loved the finer things in life, including Chanel and Dior, but he never turned his nose up at a good deal. After all, he came from meager beginnings as a stray cat on the mean streets of Mill Valley. Even when it came to kitty modeling, he would take any job if…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 606 – Beauty Article

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there — the moms to human children, the cat moms and dog moms and rabbit moms and moms to all the fur kids. And we all know that our kids can be biological and non-biological. Sometimes, our kids choose us, and I was lucky enough that Tabs chose me. He will always be my oldest boy. It’s funny, but even though I was technically his lackey/assistant/underling, I still felt like he was…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 605 – Beauty Article

May Day (May 1st) is also known as Lei Day in Hawaii, and it’s a statewide celebration of the aloha spirit and the giving of the flower lei. No matter which day of the week May 1st falls on, the Lei Day Celebration takes place at Queen Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. The annual event features live music, a stunning lei contest exhibit, hula performances, demonstrations, craft and food vendors, and so much more! Tabs LOVED Lei Day (obvs), and he…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 601 – Beauty Article

You hear a lot about that “it” factor when people describe Hollywood celebrities and entertainers. Like, “Brad Pitt has ‘it,’” a casting agent might say. The superstars all have “it,” whatever it is, and you either have “it” or you don’t. Tabs had it. In spades. For instance, he never just walked into a room. He sauntered. And he never simply ran places. He pranced, sprang or dashed. He exuded 24/7 confidence. He had swagger, and it bloomed from his…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 598 – Beauty Article

The Irish roots run deep through the cats of this household. Even though we’re officially unclear about either Tabs’ or Rosie’s true origins, by default they’ve taken on the family’s legacy, which makes them both a quarter Scotch-Irish. Rosie reminded me this morning that Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day. When she found Tabs’ favorite St. Paddy’s Day collar, she tried it on. I think she was also secretly hoping she’d find his end-of-the-rainbow treasure, but he was very secretive about…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 596 – Beauty Article

Dude, I can’t even tell you how many times I watched Tabs climb something or jump on something with a hand on my heart, and just thinking, “Oh, no, he’s gonna fall!” He was just so incredibly awkward when he climbed things, but also bizarrely brave. I guess this is normal cat behavior? He was always that way, too. When we lived in that apartment in Mill Valley, and Tabs was a stray and would come around at random times…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 595 – Beauty Article

Did I ever tell you about the time Tabs caught a bird…on his leash!? Maybe I have, but I don’t think I told you all the sordid details. You see, we were just wrapping up our morning walk. It was a good day. The sun was out. It was clear and warm. Tabs was feeling friskier and more playful than usual. He even climbed one of the oak trees about 10 feet up before plopping back down. As we were…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 594 – Beauty Article

One of the craziest memories I have of Tabs, and I have QUITE a few, was the time we encountered Godzilla! We were on our walk right outside on the oak-covered hill. Tabs was inspecting the trees for squirrel intruders, making sure Harris the cat wasn’t trespassing, luxuriating in the shade, and looking for the rare blade of green grass to nibble (it was summer in California, after all) — you know, the usual. Any squirrels over there? Harris the…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 593 – Beauty Article

Lights, camera, action! Tabs was surprisingly modest about his film career. He didn’t start acting until later in life. Legend has it, after his career-ending injury playing football for the Mill Valley Wildcats, doctors told him to rest and recuperate, but Tabs being Tabs, instead of sitting around, he decided to audition for The Great Catsby on a whim, and the rest is history. I’ve already taken out his Oscar statuettes and buffed them to a gleaming shine in anticipation…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 592 – Beauty Article

The following was a speech recorded in the locker room of last year’s Super Bowl, which Tabs attended: “No guts, no glory. “Sure, you’ll feel butterflies out on that field. It’s only natural, but the best advice I can give to you as a former elite athlete is that when you’re on the field, whether it be the Super Bowl, or the field of life, put your game face on, because you’re a champion, my friend. A champion! Now go…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 591 – Beauty Article

Tabs had excellent table manners for a roguish food enthusiast. Contrast this with PGR (Pretty Girl Rosie), who likes to have food poured over her head when she comes to the bowl… She’s polite about most things, but when it comes to food, she’s got absolutely no shame. Tabs, though, would wait patiently while you prepared his food. Even though he loved to eat, as evidenced by his profound girth. (At the height of his powers, he was a mighty…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 588 – Beauty Article

Oh, boy, I bet Tabs is hooting and hollering in kitty heaven! His team is still in the playoffs! He loved rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, that tabby just loved sports in general. I mean, he loved relaxing, obviously. He spent a lot of quality time napping, but he also loved sports, ever since his days playing kitty football for the Mill Valley Wildcats. And whenever a kitty modeling campaign with a sports theme came available, he…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 587 – Beauty Article

Not to take anything away from Baby Yoda, who has admittedly rocked in that role, but Tabs also auditioned for the part of cute sidekick in The Mandalorian. Yup, we don’t really know for sure why he didn’t get the part, but I suspect it had to do with his long-running feud with Jon Favreau. You see, Jon wrote Chef with Tabs in mind for the lead part, but Tabs turned it down because he said there weren’t enough recipes…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 586 – Beauty Article

When Ryan Seacrest calls you at noon on New Year’s Eve and begs you to fly to NYC before the ball drops so you can fill in for a last-minute cancellation by Justin Timberlake in the big show, if you’re the incomparable, indefatigable Tabs the cat, you make it happen, even if it means chartering a private jet. In the entertainment business, Tabs had a reputation as a fixer. He was the cat you called when the stakes were high…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 585 – Beauty Article

I was looking through some old pictures of Tabs from last Christmas, like this one. He was so happy because he’d just redecorated his office… Oh, and this one: this was his outfit for the company Christmas party… Simply put, he was a fashion genius. The coat was custom made from the actual red carpet for the 85th Cat Academy Awards in 2014. That was the year Tabs won the Oscar for Best Cat Actor… Every year, he pulled out…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 583 – Beauty Article

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…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 582 – Beauty Article

Have you ever been to a Duke’s before in Hawaii? Well, you may not know this, but that chain of restaurants started out as D & T’s, for Duke and Tabs, back when Tabs was doing a lot of kitty modeling work in the islands, and he partnered with a local surf guru/restauranteur. Everyone in the islands knew Tabs primarily because of his surfing ability, but he also had a successful line of custom kitty surfboards. Basically, if you were…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 581 – Beauty Article

It has been called the greatest inter-species partnership in kitty modeling history — the friendship between Tabs and Gerard, the award-winning Parisian turkey model. It all started when Tabs was recovering from the career-ending tail injury he suffered during the 2006 feline football season when he played for the Mill Valley Wildcats. One day during his rehabilitation, Tabs received a letter from a fan in France who had been following his feline football career. That fan turned out to be…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 580 – Beauty Article

This time of year always reminds me of one of the most astounding acts of selflessness and courage I’ve ever seen. The year: 2012. The place: New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The night before the parade, disaster struck the team in charge of the company float for Tabs the Cat Industries LLC. The float wasn’t going to be ready in time because the white roses the team special ordered from Belgium got held up in customs, so…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 579 – Beauty Article

I feel so lucky to have been able to work with one of the most iconic figures in feline fashion history. Tabs was a fiercely fashionable cat who cared just as much about his coat as he cared about his accessories. He was also the first cat to make affordable fashion-forward feline felt merchandise for the masses, thanks to his huge distribution deal with Target. He was a legend in the feline fashion community. He really was. His Gorgeous Glistening…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 578 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a real dynamo, in more ways than one. He was also a skilled dynamo operator. Dynamo, as in one of those emergency radios with the hand crank you can turn to juice them up. I’ll never forget the time we lost power at the home office for three days, and Tabs kept the entire office running through sheer force of will and gravy-fueled feline ingenuity. If you heard him tell it, he would say that he did what…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 577 – Beauty Article

Got a message from Tabs today via The Rainbow Bridge: These amateurs. They don’t understand the level of dedication and commitment one needs for a true work of Halloween costume art. Take, for instance, the year I dressed up as the Queen of Hearts/Queen of Everything. I watched so many royal biographies that fall, and I actually lived in character as a royal for, not one, not two, but three weeks. Honestly, I don’t think my assistant thought I was…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 576 – Beauty Article

Tabs met Heidi Klum through Tim Gunn, his mentor, and from the moment Tabs met Heidi, they hit it off. Every year she invited him to her annual Halloween party, but with him being a workaholic and all, his schedule just never allowed for him to make it, except for that one year… Picture it: Los Angeles, 2011. Tabs was booked for a kitty modeling campaign in LA with Dolce & Gabbana, but at the last minute, famed photographer Steven…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 575 – Beauty Article

The days are getting shorter… Tabs became more of a night owl in his senior years after his retirement, up at all hours, but he still managed to stay busy and productive. Of course, I made it explicitly clear to him that I could not chauffeur him between the hours of midnight and 3, but he took it upon himself to find alternate means of transportation to his gigs. Like Uber Black for Cats… I would just hear the click…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 574 – Beauty Article

Tabs’s relationship with birds was complicated. On one hand, he deeply believed, to the core of his being, that he was a birder. Not a mouser, but a birder 100%. This, of course, was all fine and good till he actually had to work with birds. I can’t imagine how challenging it must have been to pose alongside a coworker, while also wanting to gobble them up. But Tabs was a consummate professional. He never actually ate a bird on…

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