The “most embarrassing moment” contest winner

When Leo Glenn won the contest with his story about having to bathe nude in a Japanese hot spring with his nether parts dyed bright red from his bathing trunks, he wrote this response (I asked him what kind of cat he’d like drawn in it):

What a thrill to win the contest! Thank you so much for holding it. It was great fun both to enter and to read all of the other entries. Of course, I had already pre-ordered your book, which works out great. Now I will have a loaner and not have to fret about losing the signed copy. This will be our second autographed book of yours. We are proud owners of an autographed copy of WEIT, with a drawing of our cat Baxter, a former World Cat Day honoree on your website. (He was the cat found by the side of the road with a glass jar stuck on his head.) [JAC: see here for story and photo of Baxter]

It seems only fitting this time to honor our cat Gremlin, who turned 18 this past March. She was the runt of a litter of six kittens born to a stray we had temporarily taken in so she could give birth  in our apartment. We were living in Los Angeles at the time and planning to move back to PA to attend grad school, so our goal was to find homes for the mom and kittens before we embarked on our cross-country road trip. Needless to say, being the inveterate softies that we are, my wife and I ended up with two of the kittens, who traveled with us, camping in Yellowstone and other places along the way, and even attending a primitive living skills course in Montana. They ended up being great travelers, except for the first day, which Gremlin spent sitting on my shoulder and screaming in my ear while I drove–nonstop for eight hours.

Gremlin was just a temporary nickname, because she was the smallest of the litter but had, at the time, unusually large ears. She was the first to open an eye, and she would put her head above the box and stare out at the wide world with one eye and those huge ears. We thought she looked like a gremlin from the movie. Of course, the name stuck. We lost her sister to cancer four years ago, and we thought we were going to lose Gremlin this year, but thanks to our vet and some thyroid medication, she looks as if she may pull through. She is very dear to us. Losing her will be very, very hard. Long story, sorry, but I know you like to have back story on the moggies.

I drew Gremlin, which was hard because she’s a calico and I had to find orange paint, and sent the book. It arrived yesterday, and I had to show the pixture of Baxter (who is still doing fine) and the book, along with a further note from Leo:
Just wanted to let you know that the book arrived yesterday. Thank you so much. Here is a photo of Gremlin (reluctantly) posing with her lovely portrait, although I’m not sure she fully appreciated it. I had already received the Kindle version of your book and have been reading it and enjoying it immensely.



  1. John Hamill
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Fantastic story!

    Any thoughts on when the book will go on sale in the Irish iTunes bookstore?

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    I am not sure if this has been asked but…
    how are things…down there now?

    • Leo Glenn
      Posted May 22, 2015 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Very fortunately, the dye, although stubbornly persistent, was not permanent. It did eventually wear off, but not before providing me with multiple opportunities for embarrassment and humiliation. Although, if it had been permanent, I suppose it could have been a great conversation starter, in certain…very specific situations.

  3. Posted May 22, 2015 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    What fun! Cute kitteh!

  4. Posted May 22, 2015 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Here’s hoping Gremlin’s thyroid goes strong for many more years!


  5. Posted May 22, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    That pic portrays the epitome of feline reluctance:-). She wants to do her own posing, thankyouverymuch.

  6. writerswebwebzine
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on WORDS DROPLETS.

  7. Posted May 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Both Baxter and Gremlin are lovely kitties! I’m surprised that Baxter’s pads are grey. I thought that most white-pawed cats had pink pads. Our similar-looking Big Boy Booker T.’s pads are all pink, but then he is a lttle “light in his loafers” in the best possible way:-)

    • Leo Glenn
      Posted May 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Thank you. That’s interesting about Baxter’s pads. I never really noticed it before, but now that you mention it, it does seem unusual. Maybe someone familiar with feline genetics would care to speculate. Booker T. sounds lovely.

      • Posted May 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

        Booker T. is boneless like Baxter when he cuddles. Not sure where his elbows and knees disappear to:-)

  8. Diane G.
    Posted May 23, 2015 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Yet another touching rescue story; thanks so much, Leo, these things really make my day. 🙂

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