- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 3, 2005

“Familiarity breeds kindness; knowledge engenders respect,” said Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States, speakaing up Tuesday on behalf of foreign correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer’s latest book, a work of feline history titled “When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats” (Andrews McMeel Universal).

The more you know about cats and other animals, the more you love them — and then it’s impossible to mistreat them, was his message. “Cat books are huge best sellers,” he added propitiously.

Cats, it would seem, bring the world together. Hostess Esther Coopersmith had managed, as usual, to entice a bevy of current and former diplomats to attend the party she gave for her one-time traveling companion. The two women had been to Burma together, with Miss Geyer intent on researching cats’ connections to royalty. (After covering so many of the world’s hot spots, she writes in her forward, “cats looked pretty good to me compared to humans.”)

At the party, the humans were looking pretty good, too, including the ambassadors of Thailand, Burma and Singapore as well as a number of prominent media and social figures, many of whom proudly showed off photos of their darling pets.

Among them: Alice Sessions, wife of judge and former FBI Director Bill Sessions, with a picture of Tut, her exotic Egyptian Mau, who has dark gray polka-dot stripes on its back and a copper-colored belly.

Ann Geracimos

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