This is a super short post, but adorable.
Meet Truffles. Truffles has been hanging around the Frank Lloyd Wright house at Crystal Bridges for some time now. He greets visitors, lounges on the sidewalk, explores the garden beds… in short, he seems quite at home.
Truffles wears a collar with his name and a phone number. Apparently various members of our museum staff have called it in the past, concerned that Truffles was lost. I learned that when a new Museum Protection Services staff member called it recently, the owners’ outgoing voice mail message says “If this is Crystal Bridges, don’t worry, Truffles knows to come home.”
Update: Truffles seems to have a taste for fine architecture. He has also been seen hanging out at the Fly’s Eye Dome:
Truffles’s real name is not Truffles, but Hamish. We learned from the owners that they had put the collar of another pet (actually named Truffles) on Hamish when he went outside to be sure he had their number with him in his travels. These days he’s sporting a new collar and a tag with the correct name on it. He is still quite at home on the Museum grounds and has made it his personal job to greet everyone he meets.
In fact, he’s here so much, he’s now our official unofficial spokescat, and the star of this year’s holiday greeting video:
Don’t worry about how Hamish is doing in the colder weather. The Guest Services team got him a nice warm snuggle-sack. Which, of course, he sleeps on top of, rather than inside. Hey, he’s a social guy, he doesn’t want to cut himself off from his peeps.