A Writing Partner with a Fur Coat

The Christmas rush is in full swing but that doesn’t excuse me from finding time for writing. I might be a little less productive but I am plugging along. I’ve been working on a couple of projects this month while I’m waiting for my edits to come back.

This morning I am trying to get some more ideas down for a story that has been percolating in my brain for a long time. As you can see in the picture below it is always good to have a second opinion on everything you write. Someone to reach out with their hand, err, umm, paw to tell you that may not be the best line for this story. 🙂

My writing buddy cuddles in every time I sit down to write. He demands his 5 minutes of concentrated attention and then he lets me get to work. His patients are limited though and when my arms starts to make to many moves and disturbs him too much he gives me “THE LOOK” and moves on to find another piece of the desk or off to find a softer place to have a nap.

We adopted him a little over a year ago. His mom was left behind when her family moved. Imagine my surprise when I took him to the vet for a check up when we first got him and was told he was Maine Coon Cat.

Here we are a year or so later and I have to say he certainly fits all the profile for a Main Coon. Firstly, he is a big cat. He can stand on the floor and put his front paws on my hip and I am not a short person. He chirps at things out the window, using that distinctive sound Main Coon Cats are known for. If you ask him questions he is known to carry on a conversations with you.

His huge paws have the telltale extra tufts of fur on the bottom around the pads – it is reportedly there for walking in the cold Main snow and keeping his paws from freezing. Our boy will not have to worry about that as I am hoping he remains an indoor cat. Living in Rural Nova Scotia there are animals in the woods behind our house that may cause him harm. He also has the tufts of fur on his ears that give him the appearance of a little lynx. And yes, he has the “M” on his forehead, but the truth is the “M” is because of his coloring and really has nothing to do with his Main Coon Cat heritage.

He is very calm and laid back most of the time, wanting to be near you but not necessarily on your lap, although he does have times when he jumps up and settles in. He loves to play ball with the dog. If you throw the ball they both tear off after it. Usually the dog wins and brings it back for the next throw, but sometimes the cat wins… By the way the cat is bigger than the dog in both body size and weight.

Our house is quiet most of the time. I don’t have the TV or radio going all day, and with only adults in the house there is no screaming or small little bodies running and playing. When the grandkids come to visit the cat is wonderful with them for a little while and then he goes off to find his less hectic space. His usual hiding space is under the duvet on my bed. He normally cuddles in right in front of the pillows and you can’t see the lump where he is hiding. The first time he did this I tore the house apart looking for him and couldn’t find him anywhere. He didn’t even move when I called him. Now, if he’s missing, that’s the first place I look.

Oh yes, he does love water. We have sliding shower doors and if you don’t close them tight he tries to open them and come in. The taps on the main bath sink are the lever type and I have to keep a thick elastic band from the top of the lever down around the faucet or the cat will push on the lever until the water turns on and he has a blast playing in it. I sometimes hear him in there trying to get the elastic off in the day times. The telltale sound of an elastic being plucked. He knows he’s doing something wrong. When he hears me coming towards the bathroom he jumps down from the counter and is sitting in the door way all innocent like. He’s also learned when people come to visit they don’t usually put the elastic back on faucet in the right spot when they are finished with the water and that means he can go in there, push the lever till the water comes on and have some fun. The cat is beyond intelligent.

He is certainly entertaining, and we love him to death. I’m sure someday he will be in one of my manuscripts. Who knows maybe the project I’m fleshing out will have a cat based on him.

Just in case the holidays catch up with me and I’m unable to post next week. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. Happy Holidays to those that have other beliefs. May you enjoy the time with family and friends, – that’s what it’s all about.

Writing Partner

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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1 Response to A Writing Partner with a Fur Coat

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    Your cat loves water? Ours dashes at the sound of it hitting the sink.

    Like you, I always make time for writing. For me, it’s the best part of my day.

    With one week to go until the big day, my three kids keep reminding me how little time is left. Here’s to a Merry Christmas.


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