Since starting my Inspirational Parents interview series, it’s been one of my favourite things to share on my blog. I love the insight into people’s lives and the fact that they put so much thought into answering my questions.
And in case you haven’t noticed, my dogs are quite a big part of the family. So I thought it was about time I did some interviews revolving around pets. This is the first in a series of interviews where pets skillfully answer my testing questions and tell us all about the families they live with.
I’m so honoured that the series kicks off with author Fiona Harrison’s cat Pico. Fiona’s first novel, A Pug Like Percy, will be released on 3rd November. It’s all about a homeless pug who is adopted by a family. When the family go through some difficult times, Percy needs all his canine skills to help them.I honestly can’t wait to read the book, it’s something I know I’ll relate to as we’ve had some difficult times since Bubbles turned up and the dogs have often kept me going. Anyway, over to Pico!
1. What’s your name, what sort of animal are you and what makes you a brilliant pet?
My name is Pico I am a black and white, some would say moggy, I would say domestic short haired cat, which I think makes me a little more exotic than your average puss. That said, my girlfriend Rio is a Bengal with gorgeous green eyes, lovely stripes and a fluffy, soft coat so perhaps us domestic short haired cats aren’t so exotic after all.I don’t know that I am a brilliant pet, otherwise my old owner may never have abandoned me, but what I do know is I have a lot of love in my heart and would do anything for the couple who welcomed me into their home.
2. Tell me about the person or family who live with you
When I was at the centre I heard a rumour that there was a very important lady coming to visit. I heard she was a journalist and was coming to write a piece on the centre. I thought she would be very prim and proper, but Fiona turned out to be down to earth, warm and very loving.
When we met, a funny thing happened as I instinctively knew that she and her husband Chris were the ones for me and I think they felt the same way. Well, they must have done as they adopted me straightaway and we’ve now all been together for four years, and I couldn’t be happier.
3. Pets always choose their families for a reason so what do you love about yours?
I loved my family from the moment I first met them. They were warm, kind, caring and just the sort of family I had hoped to be adopted by. I got the feeling from Fiona that she needed a friend and coming home to live with her I discovered that was true as Fiona hadn’t been in the area for very long and was feeling a little lonely. I was happy to be that friend to Fiona and in return she’s my best friend too.
4. Try as we might to find the perfect family, they never live up to our expectations. What do yours do that drive you mad?
Honestly my family don’t do much to drive me mad! I think if I had to pick one thing it would be that they don’t always understand what I’m saying with my miaows. Chris usually has the most difficulty which usually results in disastrous consequences, but Fiona normally understands what I need, but then we’ve always been in-tune with one another.
5. What do your family love the most about you?
There’s so much to choose! I think Chris would say the way I sit with him when he’s watching Game of Thrones which to be fair I enjoy as much as he does. Fiona would say the cuddles and head-rubs we enjoy first thing in the morning together when Chris is still asleep. That’s our time together for putting the world to rights.
6. What do your family do that they’re really proud of?
I think Chris is proud of the fact he’s started a hefty cycling training programme. Fiona has recently written a book, called A Pug like Percy. As the title suggest it’s about a dog which I’m not very pleased about, but I sat on her lap long enough while she was writing it to know how hard she worked.
7. What do your family do that make you proud of them?
They are both very determined and full of love and fun. When I was at the rescue centre I heard dreadful tales from cats who had been abandoned time and time again. I know how much Fiona and Chris adore me, and know they would do anything for me or any of my other cat friends.
8. How can humans resolve the tragic truth that so many pets are unwanted or mistreated?
That’s a difficult one because I think many humans have such good intentions when it comes to animals. When I was at the tails of the forgotten I saw lots of happy, hopeful human faces who were completely in love with the idea of getting a pet, but hadn’t considered the reality.
The truth is we need exercise, trips to the vets, playtime, love, food, water, cuddles and stimulation. When humans get us home and realise the cold hard truth of the situation they become frustrated with us and with themselves as we are quite needy. So in short, I think if humans could really think about the kind of commitment having a pet involves we perhaps wouldn’t be neglected, abused or abandoned so often.
9. It is said that pets don’t live as long as humans because they don’t have as much to learn. What words of advice do you have that humans could learn from?
Patience! I see it all the time, humans trying to do a million and one things at once rather than just enjoying the here and now. Nothing makes me more contented than a snuggle on the sofa with my family or a cat nap with my girlfriend Rio.
10. What are the little things that make your family one in a million?
The fact my family are the one in a million who seem to have mastered the art of patience!Fiona Harrison’s A Pug Like Percy is out 3rd November (MIRA, £10.99)