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. 🙂

Day at the Zoo

Day at the Zoo by Eric Dowdle – Dowdle Puzzles – 100 pieces

This kid’s puzzle from Dowdle was excellent quality. I enjoy Dowdle’s artwork and this was the first kid’s puzzle of his that I’ve done.

The pieces were thick and sturdy, which is super important in a kid’s puzzle, they’re not always gentle. There were a nice variety of piece shapes and the pieces fit together very well. I love it when a company puts effort and quality in a puzzle for kids, and from this puzzle I would say Dowdle definitely does!

There’s lots of discover when you’re assembling this puzzle, the monkeys are up to their usual monkey business, the penguins are roaming around with the patrons, and the bears are trying to feed cotton candy to the big cats. 😮 This is a great puzzle for kids and thankfully all the pieces were here so I can give this one to my grandson for him to enjoy.

Mom’s gone a bit crazy with the kid’s puzzles lately since she was helping my grandson with puzzles on “puzzle assembly day”. She saw how good he was at assembling puzzles and now she’s determined to find him as many as she can. There will probably be a few more kid’s puzzles than usual on the blog, there’s so many more to assemble every time she comes home from the thrift store! 😁