Wordless Wednesday – Big Paws, Big Heart

Legend - Large Paws Large Heart

Welcome To Wordless Wednesday At Create With Joy!

Quote Of The Day
If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then,
How could his human remain possessed?
Winifred Carriere

Fun Facts About Maine Coons

Maine Coons are considered the “gentle giants” of the cat world.
They are an extremely popular cat breed whose
Ancestral origins are shrouded in myth and mystique!

One popular folk tale explains how they got the “Maine” in their name.
Marie Antoinette – the Queen of France – was executed in 1793.
Before her death, many say she attempted to escape from France to America
With the help of Captain Samuel Clough.

She boarded Captain Clough’s ship with her most prized possessions,
Which included six of her favorite Turkish Angora cats.

Although she did not make it to America alive,
Her cats safely landed on the shores of Wiscasset, Maine.

There, they bred with other short-haired cats and eventually,
Evolved into the modern Maine Coon Cat which we love and adore!

Stay tuned – now that you know how the “Maine” came about,
Next week we’ll look at the mythology behind the “Coon”!

Today’s photo features Legend,
One of the Gentle Giants at Create With Joy!

Wordless Wednesday – Week of June 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

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92 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday – Big Paws, Big Heart”

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  1. Chavonne H says:

    What a beautiful gorgeous cat! Love the saying, it’s very true.

  2. veronica lee says:

    Very interesting facts! Love the pic of Legend and the quote too!

  3. Hello! Thank you for hosting. I love seeing your kitties too!

  4. Loving the cat facts!

  5. Liz says:

    So cute! Happy WW.

  6. Charlotte says:

    Gorgeous photo! x

  7. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Legend looks so relaxed and cute, I like the caption too

    Have a pawtastic week 😉

  8. Mystery Case
    Twitter: msmysterycase

    Gorgeous photo! Thanks for linking up at Mystery Case, have a fantastic week.

  9. Great photo, and I love the Marie Antoinette tale.

  10. Danielle Royalegacy
    Twitter: Royalegacy

    What lovers your cats are!

  11. Beautiful kitty and wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! Happy WW to all.

  12. Crys Wiltshire
    Twitter: CrysWiltshire

    Such a beautiful cat. I don’t think I have ever mentioned this on here before, but Maine Coon is a type of cat we would love to get one day. My husband met one a few years back in college and just fell in love with the breed.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I hope you and your husband have the opportunity to get one – I have lived with several wonderful breeds but since falling in love with my first Maine Coon – I can’t imagine life without one!

  13. Judy Haughton-James
    Twitter: james_judy

    Lovely picture of Legend and interesting facts. Thanks a lot for hosting.

  14. Meryl says:

    Beautiful cat, great shot. My what big paws you’ve got!!

  15. Heather McD
    Twitter: heathermcdougle

    Such a beautiful cat! Looks so cuddly!

  16. Sarah Halstead (@InTheMomentWith)
    Twitter: inthemomentwith

    Aww. So cute.

  17. Alissa Apel
    Twitter: AlissaApel

    I love the angle on this one!

  18. Ai Sakura
    Twitter: Aisakuraharuka

    Oooo I am intrigued to find out how “coon” came about!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  19. Steph says:

    Such a beautiful cat!

  20. Judith C Evans
    Twitter: judycevans

    Fascinating story! Legend has such soulful eyes.

  21. Evelyn
    Twitter: betteronabudget

    I love the “firm paw down”! Legend is in charge! 🙂

  22. I bet those giant paws can really hugs your heart!

  23. Rosey says:

    That is one gorgeous picture.

  24. Anne Kim
    Twitter: kimmie_1980

    Such a cute kitty!
    Thank you for hosting your blog hop and I look forward to joining in again next week.
    All the best,

    A Spicy Boy, A Cat, and My Fat Ass

  25. Sophia Loren says:

    Awwwwww! Love your paws! My kitty brother, Alvarado has super big paws. They are awesome.

  26. Aww! I love that photo – feels like your kitty is reaching out through the screen to say hello!

  27. @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman
    Twitter: pamelamkramer

    Oh what fun! Gotta love those kitty paws. Thank you for hosting. Hope to see you soon.

  28. I never heard where they got their name! My mom has a Main coon cat and it is the most gentle (and quite large) cat I have ever seen 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      The stories get even better – and the tales even wilder!
      Would love to see and hear more about your mother’s cat.
      Once you meet a Maine, they truly steal your heart!

  29. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to hear/read the rest of the story! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  30. kewkew says:

    Lovely photo and very interesting story. Thanks for sharing

  31. Kitties Blue says:

    Legend is so exquisite, Mom wanted to jump through the computer screen and give him a big smooch. Our angel Daphne was part Maine Coon and our Giulietta looks like she could be as well. Thanks, as usual, for hosting WW. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  32. Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    Twitter: Hobo_Mama

    So interesting! You’ll enjoy my WW today. I have a two-headed Maine Coon. 😉

  33. Sparkle
    Twitter: sparklecat

    I weigh less than 5 lbs. – I am a little cat! Boy Maine Coon kitties sometimes weigh FOUR TIMES what I do – and they are not even overweight!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Wow, Sparkle, I know Somalis are svelte, but I had NO idea you were THAT petite!
      (I think Tsunami’s head weighs 5 pounds! It’s huge!)
      Yes, Legend is right around 20 and Tsunami is bigger and longer than he is –
      And neither of them are fat!

  34. Angie S. says:

    What a beautiful gentle giant! 🙂 Have linked up with a happy WW!

  35. joyce says:

    very cutie kitty…

  36. Monica
    Twitter: OlderMommyStill

    Awhhh…love this, he’s gorgeous! I never knew the story behind Maine Coon Cats, very interesting and I am happy they survived the voyage!

  37. Marie
    Twitter: athenacatgoddes

    Beautiful pic! I love taking photos of my cat and her outstretched paws too 🙂

  38. Maine Coons are simply wonderful and my life is made all the better for having one in it!! Great picture of Legend and I love the books in the background too!

  39. adinparadise says:

    Love the quote, and Legend is absolutely Purrfect, 🙂
    Here’s my contribution to Wordless Wednesday:

  40. Cinnamon
    Twitter: vluvscinnamon

    Good point. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

  41. Melanie
    Twitter: violetsbuds

    Lovely quote. Thanks for hosting the link up!

  42. Michele
    Twitter: crazyforinfo

    Benson was jealous so I added him to my WW too. Just love kitty paws


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