Clara the Cat Makes for a Friendly Companion

I have a few different blog posts I’m working on, but for now I just wanted to share some photos of my cat, Clara.

She’s sitting here, curled up on my lap as I type this. Some of my friends poke fun at me because I talk about Clara a lot and post pictures of her on Facebook pretty regularly.

I sometimes joke that I’m the epitome of a single girl — one who cuddles with her cat, talks to her and walks through the grocery store on Saturday nights and buys baking ingredients and cat food. (OK, so I don’t buy cat food on Saturday nights, but I do cuddle and talk with my cat!)

Anyhow, Clara has become such good company for me. I used to have a lot of trouble coming home to an empty apartment, but now that I have a cat, loneliness isn’t as big of a problem. She’s like my little shadow, following me wherever I go and acting as my sidekick.

Most of my good friends also have cats, so we sometimes have kitty play dates and share amusing stories about our furry friends. Clara takes a while to get used to new cats. She usually seems intimidated by other animals, but she loves people. When my friends visit, Clara sits in the middle of the living room floor and soaks up the attention. Like I said, she is good company. And if you haven’t noticed, she’s pretty photogenic, too!

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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