This weekend I was gifted with something I've always always always wanted: A Maneki Neko, or beckoning cat. Westerners tend to think the kitty is waving, but it's actually beckoning, and usually you'll see these kitties somewhere in Japanese business establishments (usually near the entrance), and they are believed to bring good luck to the owner. A raised right paw is believed to attract money, and the raised left paw is thought to attract customers.
My kitty has a little solar cell and the head rocks back and forth as the right arm beckons. It's very very cute, and I got the pick of the litter. :P
These good luck kitties date from the Edo period, namely 1603 - 1868, and there's some interesting stuff about them over on Wikipedia.
This is one feline I know will get along well with the pups, and think of all the money I'll save on kitty litter. Bow wow! Miaow!