Harry at Home

As I promised last week, I am going to give you a peek at my home life in Harrot Reef Manor.  The manor house is a huge yellow Victorian with white gingerbread.  It has hardwood floors in some rooms that are so slippery that, if I run fast enough and then lean just right, I can slide right into the next room.  I love this game because it makes my charge, Nikki, and our roommate, Heather, laugh.

The most important cupboard in the house is the “The Magic Cupboard”.  This is where my food and treats are kept.   All I have to do is sit in front of it and stare at Nikki, and she will feed me.  Of course, if that doesn’t work I can always use my magical powers (as long as nobody’s around)!

In the afternoon, Heather gets my brush out and calls, “Brush, Harry, brush”.  I know then that she will brush my long, luxurious fur and I will trill and purr.  When she is done I head-butt her hand and rub my cheek against hers.

I  can hardly wait until after dinner when I hear Nikki pick up the latest Agatha Christie mystery that we are reading together. She calls me to the living room where we share the purple chair that is soft and cuddly. The crackling of the fire in the fireplace is soothing as I listen intently to the sound of Nikki’s voice reading just for me.

Well, that’s an average day in my life at Harrot Reef Manor.  I hope that you’ll come to visit us soon.

Next week:  Please join us for an interview with Sir Aslan, Harry’s grandfather.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond.

Meet Dewey

Dewey

Hi there! This is Harry coming to you from the top of The Fence.  The final cat character from the first book of the Harry the Wonder Cat series is the fastest cat in town…Dewey!  Come on out here, Dewey.

Dewey:  *skids to a stop in front of Harry*  Hey, Harry!  How’s tricks?

Harry:  *smiles* Just fine, Dewey, and I see your still living in the fast lane.

Dewey:  It’s the only way to live!

Harry:  Speaking of living, thanks again for your help in the last mission.

Dewey:  Sure, anytime Harry, you know that!

Harry:  Just a couple of questions.

Dewey:  Okay…shoot!

Harry:  You being the fastest cat, it was only right that I used you as the runner in the case.  How do you keep in shape?

Dewey:  Well, that’s easy…a lot of calisthenics and walks on the docks.

Harry:  I can see the calisthenics, but what do walks on the docks do for you?

Dewey:  *licks his chops* Why, all the fish I can eat, of course!

Harry:  *lets out a deep laugh*  Of course!       *clears his throats and waits for Dewey to stop laughing at his own joke*       Do you have another mission planned?

Dewey:  *shrugs his shoulders*  Well, right now I have a date with a salmon.  Excuse me.  *dashes towards the docks*

*Harry stares after Dewey*

Well okay then.  There you have it.  My three pals who co-star in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond, which you can preorder  on Amazon now.

Next week, it’s an exciting day at home with yours truly.

Meet Ollie

Ollie

Hi everyone!  Harry here.  Today we have the big guy and my good friend, Ollie.  Now Ollie is one cool cat, as you’ll soon see.  So, without further ado, here’s Ollie!

Ollie:  Thanks, Harry.  Appreciate the kind words.  *shakes Harry’s paw*

Harry:  Anytime, Ollie.  So, my burning question to you is this: what was the hardest thing about this mission?

Ollie:  I would have to say trying to get away from my guardians.

Harry:  Oh?  Why was that?

Ollie:  They want to keep me caged up.  They say it’s for my own good.  So they keep fixing my hole in the screen.  Every time I get it big enough for me to fit through, they fix the dang thing.  * through clenched teeth* Talk about frustration.

Harry:  Yeah, I can certainly see where that would cramp your style.  *shook his massive head vigorously*   Now that the case is over, what are you going to do?

Ollie:  Oh, you know me.  I’ll probably spend more time allowing my guardians to make over me.  I especially like when they pet my tummy.

Harry:  *rolls his eyes and mumbles*  Disgusting.

Ollie:  *looks suspiciously at Harry*.  Excuse me?  Did you say something?

Harry:  Why no.  You must be hearing things. *clears his throat*  I want to thank you for being with us this week.

Ollie:  *shakes Harry’s paw*  My pleasure.  What do you say…next Saturday night at The Fence?

Harry:  Sounds good.  We’ll get the whole gang together.

That’s all for this week, folks.  Don’t forget to see Ollie and the others in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond starring yours truly.   Next week, our guest will be Dewey, the fastest cat on the block.

 

Meet Little Bea

Little Bea

 

You all know who I am, and for those who don’t, I’m Harry the Wonder Cat of the series by the same name. Last week I got together with Denise, the author of my book, and decided that we should introduce my three cat co-stars.

Today, we are going to meet that irrepressible dynamo, one of my favorite KitKats….Little Bea! 

Little Bea:   Thank you, everyone.  Oh, I’m so happy to be here in the spotlight with you, Harry.  *swoons at Harry*

Harry:   Yes, well….*clearing throat*  How  did you feel to be selected to help with this caper?

Little Bea:   In a word, honored. 

Harry:   Why is that?

Little Bea:    I often get overlooked because I’m the youngest, the smallest and a girl.  This time, I was called to duty and I did my job well, don’t you think?

Harry:   Yes, I certainly do.  In all honesty, Little Bea…

Little Bea:   *rolling her eyes*  Just Bea, please.  I’m not so little.

Harry:   You’ll always be my Little Bea.

Little Bea: *blushing*  Really Harry?

Harry:   Yes, really. *pats Little Bea on her head*  So, moving on…I was going to say that we took advantage of your size.  You got into places that the other bigger cats couldn’t.

Little Bea:   Yes, I did.  *obviously proud of herself*

Harry:   What’s on your agenda now…since you’ve completed this mission?

Little Bea:   I’m waiting for you to call on me again!  I’m ready anytime you are. *looking anxiously up at Harry*

Harry:   *laughing*  We’ll see, Little Bea!  Thank you for being with us today.

Little Bea:   *swooning*  Oh anytime, Harry!

 

That’s all for this week, folks.  Don’t forget to see Little Bea and the others in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond starring yours truly.   Next week, our guest will be Ollie.

What Makes Harry Tick

We want you to know a bit about Harry the Wonder Cat and what makes him tick.  He is a Maine Coon, so we thought that we would give you a little background on the breed.

Maine Coons,  otherwise known as “Gentle Giants”, is a special breed of cat…or so Harry says (and we all know how special he is).

Let’s start with the outer cat.  Maine Coons are extremely big for a house cat.  The average male Maine Coon typically weighs in at 15 to 25 pounds, but they have been known to be up to 35+ pounds.

They can get to be about 40” in length. (No, that ’s not a typo…40”!)  The world’s record is held by a beautiful Coon, Stewie (pictured below) who measured 48.5”.  (Seems a monster next to Harry’s puny 38”, huh?)

Stewie – Longest Cat
Guinness World Records 2011
Photo Credit: Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records
Location: Reno, Nevada
Also Pictured: Stewie’s Owner Robin Hendrickson

There are some who claim that Maine Coons are the biggest or certainly one of the biggest domesticated cat breeds in the world.

Some other physical traits are:

1. Both their bodies and their heads are rectangular in build, unlike their smaller, sleeker counterparts.

2. A Maine Coon’s medium to long fur has three layers to it to protect them from the cold.

3. Maine Coons have a luxurious mane and square face, making them resemble a small lion.

4. The tail of a Maine Coon is long in length and covered in long fur, making it look bushy.

5. As is true with Harry, a Maine Coon’s eyes have a wisdom of the ages, revealing natural intelligence.

6. Their ears are normally larger than their counterparts and have tufts of fur growing out of them.

7. Their paws are unusually large with tufts of fur between each “toe”.

Male Maine Coons are certainly one of the sweetest breeds.  They are ready to show off their comical antics at a moments notice.  Maine Coons do not normally communicate like other cats.  When they talk to you, which is often, they do it by trilling and singing.

The Maine Coon has a mystery all their own based on many legends. We will share them with you in later posts.

Our thanks go out to:

Guinness World’s Records

boredpanda.com

mainecoon.org

Next week:

Harry interviews Little Bea from his new book, “Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond”.  Please join us.