Edmund (Ed or Eddie) the Maine Coon is really a German Shepherd in disguise.
Massive build, powerful presence and with marvellous, rich colouring, he is to the cat world what the Shepherd is to the dog world. A magnificent, intelligent and super-aware animal and quite the king of his realm.
At 10kg he’s naturally no feather and yet his gentle nature and ability to sense when things aren’t right with me or I’m stressed is simply amazing. A soft paw on my arm taking me completely by surprise or his big face peering into my eyes as I wake in the morning after a restless night is gentleness akin to the brush of a feather.
Big and robust in size, he’s the most patient and tolerant of all my cats and puts up with my kitten Molly giving him the hardest of times. She can be frankly annoying as she pesters him, tussles with him, ambushes him, uses him as a high jump. All the while he puts up with her and in so doing, leaves her in no doubt that while she thinks she’s in control, he is absolutely her hero.
He was the first of my cats to be painted because he is also the first member to arrive of my current cat family – the others all came after he did. Plus, he’s also the most devoted.
Edmund – the cat you have when you can’t have a dog!