This headline appeared in the Delco Daily Times on November 3, 2017! "Purr-fect: Ridley cat claws way to top, will appear on international cat calendar"
"RIDLEY TOWNSHIP >> Pat DeRose of Holmes says she was caught off guard, yet delightfully surprised, in September by the letter that arrived in her mailbox. Workman Publishing Company wrote to inform the pet owner that the photo of her 9-year-old cat “Lola” that she had sent in, almost a year before, was chosen to be featured on the “365 Cats” 2018 calendar. The popular 365 Cats calendar has sold 9.9 million copies worldwide.
Married for 44 years, Pat and Tony DeRose have been lifelong cat lovers. Images of cats grace their doormat and appear all over their home – ceramic cats, colorful cats, glass cats, cat pillows, cat artwork, cat statues, cat kitchen canisters, cat vases, cat placemats, cat plates, and many other cat-themed items. Two years ago, Pat was given one of the 365 Cats calendars, which highlight felines from all over the world, as a gift. Each day of the year features a different photo of a cat in a unique pose or with a special backdrop, along with a caption and the name and hometown of its owner. Inside the 2016 calendar, she happened to see an entry form that cat owners can use to submit a photo of their cat to be a possible featured feline on the next year’s calendar. On a whim, she tore out the form and sent in a photo of Lola. DeRose said that she never received a response and she forgot about it.
The following year, however, DeRose bought another calendar herself, because she enjoyed the first one that was gifted to her. When she came upon the form in January 2017, she again decided to enter a photo of her beloved Lola. This time, she chose a candid photo of Lola up on a step stool in an upstairs bedroom, staring out the window. According to DeRose, Lola climbs the step stool on a regular basis to scope out the squirrels and birds outside. Although the declawed Lola is strictly an indoor cat, she instinctively likes to check out the constant array of wildlife outside.
On Sept. 1, DeRose received a letter from Workman Publishing, congratulating her because Lola was chosen as one of the “purrfect” cats with “unique personality and irresistible charm” to appear on August 25, 2018, in the coming year’s 365 Cats calendar."
Read the rest of Pat's story—and see more pictures of Lola—on the Delco Daily Times!