Patrons of the Maine Coast Book Shop and Café in Damariscotta, Maine entered the store on a cool spring afternoon with expressions of stunned disbelief on their faces. A line of people — adults of all ages and children, too — stretched from the front of the store to the rear. “All this for a cat?!” exclaimed one woman. “I guess I should have come out early instead of cleaning the bathroom,” said another as she headed to the rear of the line waiting to see the state’s best known individual after horror author Stephen King.
The hundreds of people who showed up at the bookstore were there to see a 20-ish pound, orange-and-cream Maine Coon cat named Togus at the launch of a childrenÕs book about him, Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home, written by his “dad,” Don Carrigan.
Togus, who his pet parents think is about 12 years old, is famous across the state as the mascot of local TV station WCSH6’s Storm Center broadcast. Togus’ dad is a reporter for the station and does remote updates during snowstorms from the kitchen of the Carrigan home on the Maine coast. Those kitchen broadcasts are what made Togus a statewide celebrity.
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