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  • Writer's pictureMel Dick

Look at Those Paws!!!

We've spent the last two weeks with our family from Sandpoint. Had a great time and glad they could join us. Couldn't resist including a picture of our grandkids as they were trick or treating in Sandpoint yesterday.

One of my favorite things to do in Key West is to take early morning walks. You see a much different version of Key West just before sunrise. Best of all is walking down a quiet Duval Street, virtually deserted, save for a few revelers looking for their cars after closing the bars at 4 am or the occasional jogger or cyclists on their way to work. The shops are closed, the bars and restaurants devoid of any activity other than an occasional cleaning person. On the way to the beach to watch the sunrise, one encounters others with a similar destination. No matter how early I arrive at the White Street Pier, a favorite spot to view the sunrise, there is always someone there. Maybe, they are simply on their way home or in the case of yesterday, to watch the full moon set as pictured above or to catch a glimpse of the first rays of light framing the palm trees on the beach or an early morning view of a long anchored sailboat.

A special treat this morning was being greeted by one of the Hemingway House polydactyl or six-toed cats as I was beginning my walk. The story of Ernest Hemingway and his six-toed cats began with Snow White, a white polydactyl kitten that Hemingway received in the 1930s. The kitten was a gift from a sea captain named Stanley Dexter. Sailors favored polydactyl cats, believing they were good luck. Their extra toes enhanced their abilities as mousers and provided better balance on rough seas. They are often called "mitten cats." To this day, many of Snow White's descendants roam the grounds of Hemingway Home, and because Key West is so small, it's not unlikely that many of the cats on the island are related.

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