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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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 573 – Beauty Article

Oh, man! Fall was my former employer’s favorite time of year. It meant the purr-fect combo of comfy temps and low humidity for fabulous fur. In fact, he did all his best fur work in fall. Best kitty modeling fur campaigns, that’s for sure. He loved fall fashion, too. Chunky scarves, boots with the fur (faux fur, of course), and he also had a thing for down vests and cozy ties. I don’t know if you knew this, but Tabs…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 572 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a firm believer in flexibility, both in terms of dealing with surprises in his professional life (like the night we ran out of gravy), and with regard to his sumptuous body. Being a yoga master and a feline fitness champion, he understood the importance of stretching in being able to hit purr-fect kitty modeling poses. Needless to say, he took stretching very seriously — so seriously that his Extreme Tummy Shaping DVD from 2015 is still the bestselling…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 571 – Beauty Article

Of all the things Tabs was, low-carb wasn’t one of them. That cat loved his bread. Sourdough, French, honey whole wheat — if it was bread and I was eating it, I was sharing it with Tabs. It was one of his many enduring quirks. Not a lot of people know this, but Tabs was supposed to be one of the original hosts on The Great British Baking Show. He was cast as the Paul Hollywood character. Yeah, we flew…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 569 – Beauty Article

Serenity meow! As as I’m sure you’re aware, Tabs was a huge advocate for cat-friendly gardening and creativity-stimulating power walks in the great outdoors. He was also the cat who coined the phrase, “purr-fect zen,” to describe the state of becoming one with your garden… While a lot of cats enjoy hanging out in nature, Tabs actually enjoyed gardening. In fact, he grew and harvested his own salads. Obviously, he also drew feline fashion inspiration from flowers throughout his life.…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 568 – Beauty Article

A lot of people don’t know how important cats were to the space race. They call it the final frontier, but the “feline frontier” is more accurate. In fact, some of the greatest astronauts in history were cats. Like Tabs. He was the first American to orbit the Earth wearing a feather boa, and that was just one of his many astronomical feline fashion firsts. He also created the uniforms for CASA, the Cat Aeronautics and Space Administration, and started…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 567 – Beauty Article

Tabs wasn’t simply content being a seafood lover. He loved fish so much that he wanted to know everything about it. He wanted to know everything there was to know about fish because he loved it so much. In fact, among his many careers, he was a sushi chef, a professional bass fisherman and bass fishing lure designer, a marine biologist, and he also starred, of course, in the hit Hollywood superhero movie Aquacat. While studying for his dual degrees…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 566 – Beauty Article

You know how the notion of balance is big these days? Balance at work, balance at home, work-life balance, balancing life, love, career? Well, Tabs was big into balance way before it was en vogue. In fact, one of his first jobs was working in the Marin County Circus. It was there he learned to tune out distractions, focus his chi, and achieve the perfect poise and balance that propelled him to the top of the kitty modeling world. He…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 565 – Beauty Article

It’s official; we’re in the dog days of summer, which reminds me… Tabs was always down with the canines, even though it wasn’t always kosher within the feline community. A lot of people didn’t know this, but Tabs had a secret canine BFF. His name was Chorizo, and they lost touch when Tabs moved to France to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary academy. Tabs also invested in several canine companies and held a majority ownership stake in KONG, makers of…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 564 – Beauty Article

A lot of people don’t know that Tabs was considered a ballet prodigy, among his many other extraordinary skills and accomplishments, and rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 3. But two years later, he won the Novato Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Novato, California. Shortly thereafter, he became the first American Shorthair to be promoted to principal dancer in the Novato Ballet Theater’s 12-year history. As if that weren’t impressive enough,…

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