Never Say Never, Again.


The older I get, the more truth I find in adages I’ve dismissed as clichés my entire life.

Don’t judge a book by its cover,

Youth is wasted on the young,

No good deed goes unpunished,

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone (or are those just lyrics to a Cinderella song?),


I’m the woman who proclaimed she’d never have cat portraits on her walls…

…or ever dress up as a “sexy” cat.

white cat, Blofeld's Cat James Bond

Never make a flat pet (I never saw the need)…

…or go to a dog wedding (or any pet wedding for that matter).

Flat Pet, Flat Cat

For the record Kip totally recognized his flat self as some sort of cat…he was on-guard, approached gingerly and smelled thoroughly.


Talk about having pie on my face.

July 12th, 2012 found me and Flat Kip at Manhattan’s legendary Jumeirah Essex House Hotel on Central Park, for  the most expensive dog wedding ever with pet celebrity/spokesperson Wendy Diamond’s rescue pup Hope as bride.

It was all for a good cause – the Humane Society of New York – and everything for the wedding was donated (so it was the value of the wedding that made it the most expensive, not the actual funds spent).

Kip was technically part of the wedding party, but not everyone thought Flat Kip was as cute and funny as I did. I was hoping he’d at least get a bow tie to sport. Perhaps I should have put him on wheels?

James Grant, Tamar Arslanian, Bo Roberts
Anyway, what we really need to talk about here is how I ended up meeting two fab guys who made me feel like the belle of the ball!

Oh, did I mention one of those men is a male model with whom I danced all night?  Oh yeah, you heard me. I certainly never thought that would happen.

Hope Diamond Most Expensive Dog Wedding

Me-wow, as Kitty Softpaws would say (and if you have to ask…never mind).

It wasn’t but a few days later I heard about the computer rendered image of  Christian Grey.

For the record I have NOT read 50 Shades of Grey. Primarily, because I’m not a suburban Mom (no offense) but mostly because a single girlfriend advised me not to unless I had someone to come home to…if you catch my meaning (dear lord, I sound like an episode of Happy Days.).

50 Shades of Grey

OMG BO ROBERTS IS CHRISTIAN GREY! I mean come on people. The resemblance is uncanny.

Sadly, it was not meant to be (15+ year age gap not withstanding). The lights of Hollywood beckoned Bo back to the West Coast where he has most recently posed for the cover of a magazine.

Shirtless male model

A gay men’s magazine. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

And as for the white cat get-up. I was invited to a (Dirty) James Bond party, and in an effort to put a never-before-worn white dress to good use, decided to dress up as Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s cat (the character after which Dr Evil was modeled).

Dr Evil's model

No one got it. But I still think it was a good idea. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What have you said you’d never do or would never happen and have later had to eat your words?

james bond movie poster

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  • Misaa

    Great read!! You’re always up to some fun adventures in the city!

  • annameow

    Great article…Bo went quite nicely with my morning coffee, thank you very much! (YUM!)

    • Tamar

      LOL! Happy to hear it was appreciated! 🙂

    • Tamar Arslanian

      happy to oblige 🙂

  • jmuhj

    In some ways, life DOES get better. 😉

  • HAHAHA! Have not read Grey either…don’t even know what it’s about. I’ve been living under a Photoshopped rock. …I LOVE that cartoon though! I might have to make one with the dog-cat reversed.
    ; ) Glogirly

    • Tamar

      come out ONCE in a while at least! LOL!

    • Tamar Arslanian

      Come on! You haven’t even HEARD off the book 50 Shades of GREY? oh dear. sign of too much photoshoping!

  • The crazy ragdoll cat lady

    I said I would never get married, it really wasnt one of my dreams (I always wanted to be a mother, though!). Here I am, married at 23 (but no kids in the near future, I am still too young for that. haha)

    • Tamar

      Isn’t that the way it works? best laid plans and all that! I thought I’d be married with kids by 25! Look at me! LOL!

    • Tamar Arslanian

      isn’t it funny how things work out? i always thought i’d be married with kids by 25! oh well! best laid plans and all that!

  • Golde

    Never a dull moment up your way! The PM here has never read that book either but she’s a rural Mum, maybe that makes a difference. Sorry your fella had to fly the coop but your’ll have your nice memories and some good pics!

    • Tamar Arslanian

      well i try! LOL yes it was fun! i hear the book is um..frustrating unless you have someone to…use it on?

  • Deb Barnes – Zee and Zoey

    LOL!! Love this post on every level… need I say more?
    Thanks for sharing some delicious photos and welcome to the dark side!! I, for
    one, am glad to see that you have succumbed to the clichés that you never
    thought you would!! And who am I to judge? I’m running an election campaign
    with cats as the candidates…

  • Haha…love the posting! While I’ve heard of “50 shade of Gray,” I have yet to read the book as well. 🙂

  • Robert Feldman

    Great blog = great person. Thank you!