Thursday, November 29, 2012


It's been a while since I've shown some of these pictures, and some have never been posted before at all.  It will give anyone who is not familiar with the size of Maine Coons a reality-check.

Here are people -- some short, some tall and some in-between -- who have all taken on the hefty task of holding Dante.

Carm Cole (aka Crazy Cat Lady Carm)

 Randy Cole (Carm's husband)

Della Graham of Jondelcoon (Maine Coon breeder)

John Graham (Della's husband)

 Dante's Daddy

Kelly, Vet's Assistant

Neighbour, Zach

Petsmart Customer

Petsmart Employee #1

 Petsmart Employee #2

And, as an extra added bonus, here is Dante's hairball which he gifted to me two Christmases ago.  Note that he even wrapped it in green ribbon.

Ribbon is one of Dante's favourite foods, so it was even more touching when he gave it back to me.

Dante's Hairball, measures 8 inches long

So how many of you could take on the task of holding the mighty beast?  Think carefully before you answer.

(Pee Ess:  We are aware of the dangers of cats eating ribbon, and have actively discouraged the practice, much to Dante's dismay.).  


Angel Prancer Pie said...

HaHaMeow! He has the same look on his face in every pic! Our Mommy says she would luv to pick him up and love on every inch of him. He's adorable!

Fuzzy Tales said...

I might be able to heft him up, but I don't think I could hold him for long. LOL.

Great pics, Wendy, they really do show how GIGANTIC he is.

And he's so good-natured to allow all that. :-)

But I'll pass on an 8-inch hairball, that's just gross. LOL.

Hannah and Lucy said...

My goodness what a big fur ball - at first glance I thought it was a kind of lizard!! We think you must have to do weight training before picking Dante up! Does he sleep on your feet?
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Now that's a hairball!
Well, Dante is beautiful in the arms of humans of about any size!

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

All those people handling Dante, and none of them are me.. :( That's OK, I get to look at pictures of him all day long :)

Anonymous said...

Clearly, Dante is not purrleased with all that holding! Talk about the look of " I'd whack them if I wouldn't get caught!" Purrs to Dante....and stop eating ribbon, my before me sister Tasha loved it too, not good for a cat. Just sayin'....

da tabbies o trout towne said...

hole lee ba jezuz dood..ewe bee de size oh a lion...

N seer ee iz lee yur mom iz rite...ribbons....noe...trout yes, string.....noe...mackeral...yes...floss...noe....flounder...yes....N grate werk on that hair ball by de way

Marg said...

I know Our Person couldn't lift that big boy up. Those are great pictures. Dante is such a good boy to let everyone hoist him up. Take care.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Oh we love those pics and Sascha may not let me leave this page for a while.

p.s. Thanks for the comment, but only one per person counts.

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Mom dreams of holding magnificent Dante one day!

Pretinha said...

Dante é realmente grande, eu adoraria segurá-lo também.

Colehaus Cats said...

My Goodness, Dante is handsome! In every photo he looks....well, unimpressed...but everyone else looks thrilled to hold him! Great gift there, pal. We're inspired now! Purrs from your friends at

Katie Isabella said...

Dante, besides being Looooong and Biiiiiig and heavy you look more than ever like a lion!!! You are so patient and such a good boy. How my mom would love to hold you. (I wouldn't mind myself). How much do you weigh?