I taught Gypsy, and now Kismet, to do the beckoning cat pose… But I don't usually do it myself:
Like the story of Hachiko, the Akita who waited years at the train stop for his owner to return, or the monk who was saved from a lightning strike by a beckoning kitty or "Maneki neko", there are many legends of special relationships between Japanese people and animals. Just one more reason for me to suspect that I might actually be Japanese. ;)
Meanwhile, I'm not in this picture... yet.