Saturday, July 4, 2015

I HATE Firecrackers

by Quincy, Fat Cat
from THE FAT CAT series by Janet Cantrell

(See below for a GIVEAWAY--Quincy would like one of you to have a free copy!)

No, I don’t shiver and cringe like the cowardly dogs I’ve seen at the vet’s place. You might not think that fireworks affect me at all. But they do!

They bother me a lot. Who could like them? They’re louder than the motorcycles that roar up and down 14th Avenue SE, Dinkytown, in the summer time, and those are bad enough.

No, I resist the urge to hide under the desk in the office where I spend many of my days, although it is one of my favorite places. When the keyboard on top of the desk is unavailable, I like to curl up there. I save treasures underneath the part with the drawers where I’m sure they’re safe.

But when those fireworks start, they do take a toll on me. I lose my appetite. That’s something that rarely happens, so you’d think the humans would notice that I’m in distress. But they don’t. They think I’m perfectly fine with all that racket. Makes me want to scratch things.

I’ll be glad when they stop. They’ve always stopped eventually, in the past. They will this time, too. Won’t they? Won’t they?

Please leave a comment below WITH your email address if you'd like to win a FREE COPY of Fat Cat Spreads Out. Quincy also wants you to have some Fat Cat sticky notes!)

FAT CAT SPREADS OUT is the second mystery in the Fat Cat series. Please
check Janet’s webpage for links.



A booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Fair seems like the perfect opportunity for Charity “Chase” Oliver and Anna Larson to promote their Bar None bakery business. Unfortunately, plus-sized pussycat Quincy has plans for their delicious dessert bars other than selling them to customers. After tearing through their inventory, Quincy goes roaming the fairgrounds in search of more delights.

But what he finds is murder. 

56 comments:

  1. Quincy, don't worry the fireworks will stop and all will be quiet again. Maybe you can demand the humans to pamper you until everything calms down.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Looks like a fun read. Thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  3. The fireworks will stop. We had a dog who would shake for hours. The vet said to give her a very little bit of whiskey. It did work but then she would not run straight.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. The fireworks in Bloomington - a few miles south of Dinkytown - were really loud last night. Could you hear them?
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  5. I understand, Quincy. My cats & dogs don't like fireworks, either. At least the oldest dog is hard of hearing, now, and doesn't tear the house apart trying to hide! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  6. I feel for you Quincy. Fireworks are not easy on all of us 2-leggers either, especially when they are unexpected. My Grandfather's day after WWI it was called shellshock. This burley Scottsman would tremble from thunder and fireworks. WWII it was battle fatigue. Now days they call it PTSD, and atleast the experts admit it does exsist and try to treat it.

    It used to be fireworks were set off during a limited time and one could adjust or avoid them, but now days it seems they go on for several days and there is no predicting them.

    Hang in there little furry buddy. Maybe try hiding in the basement if you have one. They will go away. Won't they?
    rgiddings54@yahoo.com

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  8. I don't like those fireworks either, Quincy nor do my kitties and doggies. Last night the people across the street started shooting them off at 2 am. It woke us all up---we had to sleep in this morning. This weekend will end in 2 more days---thank goodness. Hang in there. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  9. My kitty-boy couldn't care less about fireworks—fortunately they don't scare him at all!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  10. My dog Bogie is very frightened of fireworks and has to hide for hours. Poor love. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I just got back from the parade and love seeing all these comments! Thanks for coming by, all.

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  12. Firecrackers are upsetting and disturb me very much. I run away. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I still enjoy the fireworks but not so much being in the crowd and traffic to see them. Always look for a comfy place a little bit away to watch. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  14. Quincy here--SHE went to the parade, but I'm here sympathizing with all of you other pets, and people with PTSD, no matter what you call it. Not a good holiday for us!

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  15. Quincy if you got some room under the desk I would like to join you. I think the fireworks are pretty but the loud boom ones are unnecessary. I dont like loud noises. I will bring a harvest bar to share. I have made 2 batches this week and they are soooo yummy. We can wait out the fireworks with them....maybe I should bring more than 2 but we cant leave crumbs for Chase to find !!!

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  16. I agree with you, Quincy! Fireworks are just too loud! If they were just the pretty colors without all the noise, they would be just fine with me. So far it has been quiet around here today but how long that will last is anybody's guess...

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  17. My cats run and hide when there's fireworks! I'm not real fond of them myself either for that matter.
    Cindysnyder83@gmail.com

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  18. Quincy, it's you're ears, cats have better hearing than dogs!!!that's why i leave my babies @home far from the booms and parades!!!

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  19. j_berson@comcast.net

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  20. I loved the first in this series and am so looking forward to this one. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. bhandy1661@hotmail.com

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  21. Repad the first book and loved it.
    pcrs46@gmail.com

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  22. The two kitties here don't mind them too much, but they're inside and know they're safe. Plus, fortunately, they're not legal in our neighborhoods so there are just a few of them going off.

    Yes, Quincy, they'll stop. It's just never soon enough!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity! I read your first book and have this one on my TBR list. toriacat@yahoo.com

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  23. Quincy will have at someone's July 4th picnic. Would love to read more about his adventures.

    Bettyjo.english@g.mail.com

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  24. Quincy will have at someone's July 4th picnic. Would love to read more about his adventures.

    Bettyjo.english@g.mail.com

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  25. Thanks for the contest! pfistersk@yahoo.com

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  26. Rest assured. They do stop. Unfortunately, in Florida kids have fireworks and set them off before, during, and after the 4th.
    But it does end.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  27. I'm not a fan of fireworks either......got over the 'ooohs & ahhhs' of them.......so i'll be glad to fur-baby sit!!! except, I'm allergic to cats & afraid of dogs........LOL!!!
    thank you for the giveaway............

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  28. Quincy,
    Here's a big hug and an extra treat to get you the noisy 4th!
    bookselr@sbcglobal.net

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  29. The only fireworks we appreciate are those at Disney World and those over the ocean from Disney Cruise ships. The illegal ones blown off close to home make our dogs and us quite unhappy. People have been firing them since the Blackhawks games and continue every night and sometimes during the day. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. We are staying in out of the heat, humidity and away from the mosquitoes and Smokey air. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  30. As the human friend of two "fat cats", I'd love to win. My cats stay inside, they aren't bothered by fireworks. The city has clamped down on shooting fireworks off in within City limits. The amount of fireworks noise is very minimal compared to what we had 40 yrs ago. Its almost non existant. dbahn@iw.net

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  31. You are not alone dear Quincy. Our cat, Keeko, did not like them either. Also, he wasn't very happy with motorcycles. Thank you so much for this book giveaway, I do hope you have a pleasant, yet quiet, holiday.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  32. I loved the book. I hope whoever wins enjoys it as much as I did.

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  33. Oh Quincy, my dear sweet rescue dog Tyler does not like the fireworks nor the storms we have been having. He is much better than he was last year when we first got him. I feel so bad for you sweet fellow. I sure do thank you for giving us this opportunity to win this book!! Thanks and happy (alas not quite) 4th. kayt18 at comcast dot net

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  34. Missi and Rachelle, are you in the running for the contest? Say the word and I'll include you.

    Quincy is SO encouraged by the posts as I read them to him. You are making him feel much better. He may even recover his appetite.

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  35. Quincy, our humans like fireworks, but they don't like mosquitoes, so they stay in on July 4th. Very dull people. We hear fireworks, though, because some other humans in our neighborhood have no respect for the law--they start popping firecrackers well before the holiday. When the noise begins, we don't let on we're upset, however. At the first bang, we raise our heads, tune our ears to the correct frequency, and growl, as chiefs of townhome security are trained to do. Then each of us snuggles up to a friendly body to offer protection and comfort for the rest of the evening. So far, no one has caught on that we're faking. And so far, neither of us has lost his appetite. So, Quincy, hang in there. Remember--you can trust your human to keep you safe (even though she sometimes seems to be as flaky as those cinnamon rolls she sells). And if you can't curl up next to her on firecracker nights, you can always curl up with a good book. ~ William and Ernest

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  36. Quincy, I wish they had ear plugs for cats. It's much too noisy for my cat Batman - too bad he doesn't have a Batcave to hide in.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  37. Fireworks are beautiful to watch but so hard for our pets to handle unfortunately. We try our best to give them comfort but sometimes it is hard to determine the best thing to help them. It's sad when the 4th of July falls on a weekend because people don't just shoot them off on the 4th but for several days before and after. Try to find the best way you can to get comfort as I'm sure your owner will do for you. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  38. My cat comes in and is either on my lap or under the desk. I do my best to calm her. We are both glad when they are over.
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  39. Firecrackers are very noisy. I don't like them either.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  40. Thankfully our sweet dog Molly is quite elderly and very deaf so this year was easier for her...she dozed through most of the fireworks going off around here. Our cat Samantha, who passed away a few weeks ago at age 16, never seemed to be bothered by them, and we're thankful for that too. rencw@verizon.net

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  41. Quincy, they will quit. Ask for more hugs.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  42. Poor Quincy. I have several cats and they do not like the fireworks either. Out dogs stay inside and close to a human! I used to have a dog that would cower under the bed until the fireworks stopped. The poor thing just hated them! Looking forward to reading The Fat Cat Spreads Out! Such a fun series! Have a great weekend and thank you for the opportunity. Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  43. I love book with cats or dogs in them. peggy_rose@hotmail.com

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  44. My cat (he could be Quincy's twin!) tried to hide from the fireworks but my dog slept through them. I really didn't appreciate the loud neighborhood fireworks between midnight and 1 a.m.!
    bree62@outlook.com

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  45. Thankfully, our dogs don't mind the fireworks...
    afarage (at) earthlink.net

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  46. One of my dogs runs and hides when firecrackers go off and when there is a thunderstorm.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot) com

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  47. My cats are terrified of fireworks even when they are inside, and I don't care for all that noise in my neighborhood either. Fireworks are wonderful to watch in big parks when people are distanced from the explosion. nyilmaz365@yahoo.com

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  48. There are rarely any fireworks around here. The put them off on the Ohio River here in Madison, Ind. Our cats don't worry about running. Furball and Bandit have lots of hiding spots here on our farm.

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  49. There are rarely any fireworks around here. The put them off on the Ohio River here in Madison, Ind. Our cats don't worry about running. Furball and Bandit have lots of hiding spots here on our farm.

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  50. You're not alone Quincy. My fat cat are bothered by them too. I hope you've recovered. I want to read more about you in book 2, so I hope I win!!
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  51. My puppies & kitties do not appreciate fireworks at all. Neither does their mommy when it gets past midnight. ツ
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

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  52. We don't have many fireworks, but yes both the cat & dog do not like what little we do have out here in the country. But I would love a chance to win this book. Peg Cochran recommended it, so I know it has to be good!

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  53. The oldest girl dog doesn't like fireworks at all and the other girl pup it didn't faze at all. DeeDee just runs under the bed everytime one went off so she is like you Quincy. We would love to read this one and have it on my list to get it in print.

    ptclayton2@aol.com

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  54. TO ALL WHO HAVE POSTED WITHOUT AN EMAIL ADDRESS--IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE DRAWING, PLEASE POST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS--THANKS!

    And many, many thanks for all of the interest in Quincy and his series!
    (Thanks, Peg Cochran!)

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  55. It's been a week, so I picked a winner with random.org this morning. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com, you've won a copy! I'll email you privately also.

    Thanks EVERYONE, for coming by!

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