Pussy Kirk often displays leonine manners at the food bowl as he shoulders Pussy Janeway out of the way and snarfs her dinner (boys first, might is right). I wish him to extend this sort of behaviour to the outside world. He must defend the home against our insolent neighbours, who caterwaul in the early hours, leave insults on the front lawn, and spray the plant holders in the back yard. If he is to put them in their place he needs a clear example of the proper attitude to strike.
I first thought of the Maltese lion:
but this creature does not inspire respect (though it brings to mind Kirk's piteous cries when the food bowl is empty).
The Chinese lion, guarding the portals of a restaurant at the cruise ship terminal in Valetta, goes too far in the direction of ferocity:
The ancient Greek lion in the British museum, though impressive and dignified, is a little too distant to convey the right degree of vigilance.
Here is what we need:
One of the four Landseer lions in Trafalgar Square, he frowns down at the milling crowd, knowing that one swat of his majestic paw can quell it.
But here is what we have: