Hi, I’m Anna from Annuk Creations. I’m a jewelry artist from Torino, Italy, but actually I’m half Italian and half German (my mom is German and my dad Italian). I have always loved cats -- couple that with a great love for Greece and its wonderful light and colors…
and that’s how Zoe’s story starts!
I fell in love with the amazing world of the Greek Islands of the Aegean back in 1997, on my first trip to the island of Rhodes… And I’ve been visiting regularly ever since. The gorgeous light and color of the Aegean are one of my main inspirations in my work. I have lots of friends on Rhodes, both human and feline… One of my favorite places is a beautiful old Turkish cemetery that is one of my favorite spots on Rhodes. It's a peaceful ancient place with old beautiful engraved tombstones under the shade of old magnificent eucalyptus trees. This place is really dear to my heart and in the summer it's so peaceful and you don't even feel the pulsating summer life going on not far from it outside this little garden of Eden. Many lovely cats have chosen it as their home, and I love just sitting there and cuddling them... and of course bringing them some goodies! My friend Sirpa and other lovely people help the homeless cats living there.
The lovely Turkish Cemetery on Rhodes was my sweet Zoe's first home. I met her there in the summer of 2003... Sirpa and I rescued 7 kittens from the cemetery as they were too small to be on their own. One of them was a sweet calico kitten. We took them to the local Animal Welfare society so that people could adopt them. But I had already fallen in love with Zoe… she was so sweet and I just couldn’t leave without her! Sirpa arranged everything for me: the papers, a cat box, and she took Zoe home for a night before my Annuk Creations departure. Everything was perfect, we drove to the airport and I was allowed to keep my kitten next to me in her box: she had her own seat and everybody was in love with her! I still remember that a steward asked me if I needed water for my kitten (before departure – as they do for human babies!), and at landing the captain asked me if it was “a boy or a girl” and then he said “Auguri” (best wishes).
Zoe was an angel… she never cried, she purred when I talked to her and when I put my hand into the box to pet her… Thank God it was a direct charter flight to Milan. Since then we’ve been happily sharing our home in Torino, in the North West corner of Italy and very close to the Alps!
Zoe’s name is Greek (Zωή), of course. A friend of mine suggested this name, as she said I was “giving her a life”… Zωή is a sweet, lovely girl who brings a lot of joy into my life, each and every single day! She is an only child and a little spoiled I must admit :)… but she’s such a sweetheart!
We live in an apartment and we have a nice balcony with plants, where she loves to spend hours in the summer dozing and daydreaming… it’s her little garden. She is very sweet but she also has a strong personality: she’s a real Greek girl! :)