mourn the passing of our dear Eli Shopcat, who died Sunday
afternoon, November 6th, 2016 at age 20. His loving spirit
brought joy to all who knew him.
If any of his friends would like to remember him in a
formal way, contributions in his name can be made to
Dane County Friends of
Ferals, 627 Post Road, Madison, WI
53713. Memories can be shared on his Facebook page.
Adopted from the Humane Society
on April 15th, 1998, Eli lived here at Studio Jewelers
until his passing at the age of 20 on November 6th, 2016.
His adoption story is included in more detail after these
Eli enjoyed helping
everyone. Here he is assisting Lisa with some
In 2013, we celebrated
Eli's 15th anniversary of working here at Studio
He loved sunbathing while
waiting to greet his friends at the door.
He was the king of the
sales floor, always up for meeting new people.
Eli loved dogs! Please
feel free to bring yours in the next time you visit.
Eli was often mentioned in
the news, as in this Madison Magazine page.
He loved helping everyone find the perfect wedding ring.
He liked to remind us that
it's good to look at life from a new perspective!
Being a salescat was tough work!
He was the comic and
stress relief for everyone on staff.
He was always the first to
check out new equipment, and the boxes they came in.
His friends David and
Kelly sent him this great card for my birthday one
Nap time was a benefit of every work day for Eli.
Thank you for all your love and attention you gave Eli over
the years, everyone!
like to add a note we wrote to the Dane County Humane
Society, telling Eli's happy tale):
We here at Studio Jewelers want to share Eli's success
story. Our gregarious feline companion was with us since
1998, working and living here at the store until his death
on November 6th, 2016. He's had many fans, and was a
wonderful shop cat. We all loved him very much.
Back in 1998, Studio Jewelers owner Hanna Cook-Wallace was
a member of the "Claw Committee" (chaired by then-Wisconsin
first lady Sue Ann Thompson), helping raise funds for the
new shelter on Voges Road. While touring the old
Pennsylvania Ave. facility, she met Eli, who was confined
to sickbay with a deeply entrenched sinus infection and
other stray-cat maladies. It was love at first sight.
Previous potential adopters had
been put off by his prodigious production of ropey green
snot, but Hanna was undeterred. Adam Bauknecht, who was
staffing the front counter on the day of the adoption, told
her she was getting the best cat in the place, and she knew
it. Veterinarian Kristin Nelson was instrumental in getting
Eli through his initial health issues. She also became
first in a long line of those who would love to take this
particular handsome brown tabby home with them, given the
Eli lived full time here at Studio Jewelers, and worked as
our official greeter. He never tried to leave the store;
though many of our customers were concerned he'd run out
when they opened the door. He had spent enough time on the
street and had no interest in running outside (though he
did like to sniff the air). He would often stand by the
front door and meow loudly at passing pedestrians, trying
to entice them to come in for a chat (so to speak). He
enjoyed dogs and children, both of whom were welcome to
visit him in the store.
Adam Bauknecht, who filled out Eli's adoption papers at the
shelter years ago, is now a veterinarian himself. Dr.
Bauknecht stopped by every once in a while to check on Eli,
and still thinks we got the best cat in the place. Eli
would get regular massage treatments from staff member Lisa
Roman, (who was a licensed Massage Therapist), to help with
his aches from his life as a