Cats Around the World

Cats Around the World by Eric Dowdle – Dowdle Puzzles – 500 pieces

We were sorting through some of mom’s puzzles, and my daughter said to me “here’s one with a lot of cats”. My response was “Ugh, no thanks”, but then she said it was funny, so I had to take a look at it. I’m glad I did because this is not only a funny image, but was an entertaining assembly too.

I haven’t done a Dowdle puzzle in quite a long time, when did they start using just the one piece shape? And why in the world are so many companies using only one shape? It’s really frustrating, do they think that’s what we like or want? News flash puzzle companies – we like variety in shapes even if it’s only within a ribbon or grid cut – only one piece shape is BORING to work with.

This puzzle came with a legend that names all the cats and tells where they’re from…

Cats 1

Starting at the bottom in the middle and going around clockwise…

  • Sheriff “Cat” Masterson – Dodge City, Kansas
  • Audrey Hep-PURR-n – Belgium
  • Trojan Mouse – Greece
  • Fat Cat – Wall Street, New York

Cats 2

Starting at the top left and continuing clockwise…

  • “Mew”-stafa – Egypt
  • Mr. “Meow”-gi – Japan
  • MVP (Most Valuable Pussycat) “Go Kitty Wampus!!!”
  • “Feline” Nightingale – England
  • Yassir Ara-“cat” – Saudia Arabia

Cats 3

Starting at the top left again, clockwise…

  • Guillermo del “Gato (gato is Spanish for cat) – Mexico
  • Maurice “Chat”-velier (chat [pronounced shot] is French for cat) – France
  • Bat Cat – Gotham City
  • Coot Cat – Magnum P.C. (Pussy Cat) – Hawaii, USA

Cats 4

Starting at the top in the middle and continuing clockwise…

  • Captain Cat Sparrow – England
  • Lady Lib-PURR-ty – a gift from France to the United States
  • Big Lou – known for his cat calls – New York City
  • Chaim “khah-Tool”-evsky (khah-Tool is Hebrew for Cat) – Israel

Just for clarification, the explanations of the words for cat in different languages were part of the legend, and I copied them exactly.

While I was disappointed in the lack of variety in piece shape, I still enjoyed the puzzle and especially the names and silly faces of the cats. Chaim khah-Tool-evesky makes me laugh every time I look at him, that grumpy face is hysterical! Feline Nightingale’s cranky face is pretty funny too – the ones that make me laugh made this puzzle completely worth it. Just looking at the picture of the puzzle makes me smile. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Cats Around the World

  1. Amy

    Hi Stacey, thank you for sharing the legend. It definitely makes the image come to life. I also hope that we are able to have random cut available for purchase in the future.

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