'The Adventures of Harry the Rescue Cat': a true story — with somersaults

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

When the 3-year-old is not dashing about and running from room to room, he likes to aggravate the Cooper's 6-year-old Maine Coon tabby, Winston, by thumping him with his tail.

However, all the dashing, thumping, and climbing is not Harry's best trick.

He also does somersaults.

Yes, a Tuxedo cat that does somersaults.

"He started doing them when he was little," said Cooper. "He started when my husband would begin getting ready to go to work, Harry would notice. And when my husband would walk to the door to leave, Harry would run up and turn somersaults to try to impress him, or to keep him from leaving. If you're a cat person, you know this is very unusual for a cat. You can't teach them to do things; if they do anything, it's because they came up with it."

Harry's antics have kept the Cooper family entertained and amused through the years enough so that Cooper began to tell friends that she was going to write a book about him. Her friends then began asking about the book and if she had finished it yet.

"I didn't set out to write a book about him, but I had it in my mind and after I said it, I had to do it," she said.



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