Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourselves and your P.A.
Basil: Many greetings to your readers, my name is Basil and I live with my fur siblings Amber, Smoochie, Snowie, Posie and Humphrey. I mustn’t forget to mention the P.A. who is Cathrine Garnell [author] and Dad, who is called Dad! They take care of all our needs [food, water & milk] wants [oodles of love, pats and cuddles, and plenty of treats] and necessities [fresh blankies, lots of brushing, and let’s not forget the clean litter boxes].
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you all come to live together?
Humphrey: I was first on the scene in February 2000, with Miss Mildred, who departed for the Rainbow Bridge in January 2009. The P.A. came to a small local shelter and we were the only two kitties there on that day. In April she went back to the shelter and adopted Posie and Snowie. All four of us were found abandoned and wandering the streets of Nottinghamshire.
In May 2002, 7-month-old Amber came along. Her owners were going to have her put to sleep because they wanted a new leather sofa. Basil was a shelter cat, who had had four homes in two years. Smoochie was a feral.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do any of you have a nickname or two?
Basil: Gosh, we’ve got more names than you can shake your tail at! Some of mine are Widds, Mr Widdairs, The Widdanator or Mr Sweepyfur, but I think that’s enough of mine.
Amber: I get called Mini, Minicat, Minibaby, Boosie, or Keggy.
Posie: Mine are, Bumba, Chubby, Miss Flumpy, or The Flumpster.
Snowie: Snoodal, White, Wation [pronounced wayshun] or The Wationator.
Humphrey: I’m only sharing three of mine Pumpy, Pumpernickle or Humpy!
Smoochie: I have too many. Boochie, Moochbooch, Mr Nibbles, The MacNibbler, or Pootle are the main ones right now. I ignore them all!
Funny Farmer Felines: What kind of mischief do you kitties like to get into? Or out of?
Basil: Mischief? You are too funny; there’s no mischief here, only madcap adventures and wild crazy happenings! For instance, just the other week we had… let’s refer to it as an ‘incident’ in the kitchen, where some mighty strange occurrences happened on the scratch post. We called it ‘The Scratch Post Triangle’. There is always something crazy happening at our house whether we like it or not, but 9 times out of 11 ½ we manage to overcome all, incidents, happenings, occurrences and situations quite well.
Funny Farmer Felines: Would you like to tell us why you are called Bionic Basil? Does this have anything to do with why you sign your name as Dr. Basil?
Basil: I’m called Bionic Basil because the P.A. was inspired after my arrival to write a kids book called Basil the Bionic Cat. I know right, trippy stuff! So basically, I am the hero of the book and in no way bionic in real life. It’s my fictional alter ego who is Organic-Bionic and so that’s how I became known on the interwebs as Bionic Basil. It just sort of stuck.
The Dr Basil name came about because I sometimes post an advice column on my blog called ‘The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil Widdairs’, where kitties at their wits end contact me about their desperate dilemmas and are in need of good sound advice, which I happen to dish out in bucketfuls.
Funny Farmer Felines: We read the Smooch Report page on your blog. We would be interested to learn more about Smoochie’s accident and how he is doing now.
Basil: Smoochie was part of a feral family living at the P.A.s workplace. The mummy cat and her six kittens just appeared one day and the P.A. started to feed them all.
One day Smoochie tried to cross the road and was hit by a vehicle. The P.A. and Dad managed to catch him and rush him to the vet. His back right leg was broken so badly it had to be removed. After the operation, he was taken back to the workplace, as there was an empty dog run/kennel and he needed to be kept contained while he healed. Smoochie was kept in the run for a few weeks while the P.A. and Dad socialized him further. He wasn’t alone. His other siblings were there on the other side of the wire.
After he healed, the P.A. and Dad brought him home and integrated him into our Kitty Clan. They knew if he stayed at their workplace, he’d probably try and cross the road again and next time he wouldn’t be so lucky.
Amber: Smoochie is doing just fine. You would never know he’d had such a horrid accident. When he’s in top gear and motoring around the lawn, even Basil struggles to outrun him!
Snowie: Smoochie is such a little sweetheart. He’s such a little trooper and just gets on it with it all like nothing bad ever happened.
Funny Farmer Felines: Basil, we understand you wrote a book. We’d like to hear a little about that.
Basil: Basil the Bionic Cat is primarily a kid’s book; however, if you love cats, spy novels and thrilling action, I’m sure that this would be your cup of tea. It’s all supurr exciting with international spies and a secret serum that causes my alter ego to become organic-bionic. It has the most evil bad guys, secret laboratories, weird experiments, psychotic plants and talking mice. What more could you ask for in a book?
The P.A. is working the sequel, and has been for quite some time. Life, living and the day job sometimes gets in the way of the writing. But rest assured the next one, called Basil’s Barmy Escapade is equally exciting, with underwater research facilities, an unhinged Texas Oil Billionaire, pirate ships and a deadly plot to capture stray cats and turn them into a cyborg-kitty army.\
I know, it all sounds completely bonkers, and sometimes I do seriously worry about the P.A.’s rather ‘out there’ imagination. Thank goodness for Dad for keeping her sane, mostly! Find out more here: Basil the Bionic Cat @ Amazon.
Funny Farmer Felines: Is there anything your siblings would like to share with our readers?
Smoochie: I just love my furmilly so much!
Humphrey: Jeez, I’m not sharing a bunch of sentimental sentimentalities.
Posie: Pumpy you can be such a sourpuss!
Amber: Well, I see that I’m going to have to share your extra speshul nicknamewith all the readers at Mousebreath, Humphrey.
Snowie: **GASPS** Oh my Amber, are you really?
Humphrey: Don’t do it, don’t do it Amber! **LOOKS VERY WORRIED**
Amber: Dear Mousebreath readers, the nickname Humphrey doesn’t want you to know is… MOL Only kidding, Humpy, but the look on your face was priceless! BTW, if anyone wants to know the secret name, leave a comment on our blog and we’ll reveal it. It is hilarious.
Funny Farmer Felines: What prompted you to start your blog? Do you mind sharing it with your siblings?
Basil: It was just a natural progression for me, as I’ve been Myspacing, Facebooking, Tweeting etc. for a long time. Starting a blog was the next stage. I’ve had a website since 2002, but it’s not really interactive and that’s what blogging is about, interacting with other blogs and fab kitties and canines.
I don’t mind sharing with my siblings in the slightest. In fact we make a great team, and a lot of the posts wouldn’t happen without their assistance, so really I am grateful that they want to be part of it.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Basil: Not really, we just go with the flow and see what pops up or captures our attention. As long as our readers are entertained and have a little smile/chuckle/giggle or even a fit of hysterics [this has happened] while visiting, then our work is done. We love our readers and their comments, and we do our very best to bring a little ray of sunshine to their day, three times a week! MOL
Funny Farmer Felines: You have a variety of interests on your blog, Basil. Would you like to share them with readers?
Basil: I’d be delighted to share. At the moment, we have several regular features. The Monday Meow which is our Arty-Farty photography showcase/gallery.
Then we have our Wordy on Wednesday feature. At the moment this is called The Pink Flamingo Saga, featuring a totally crazy teleporting pink flamingo who is causing all kinds of mischief and mayhem including getting stuck right into one of our prized cat-mint plants – the absolute nerve of it!
On Friday, we co-host The Pet Parade Blog Hop with all of you Funny Farmers, Love is Being Owned by A Huskie, Barking From the Bayou and our main Host Rascal & Rocco.
Sometimes we like to add a bit of variety and have a Crafting in the Shed segment, The Bloopers of Yester Year, The Saturday Solution, or some completely random posts to keep our readers entertained, as without them there would be no blog.
I’d just like to say on behalf of the Kitty Clan [UK] thank you so much Funny Farmers for inviting us here, to the hub of cats online at Mousebreath.com. We’ve been long time readers and admirers, and to be featured here, for us is beyond pawesome. Thank you most humbly. **WAVING PAWS**
Funny Farmer Felines: Be sure to follow Bionic Basil, Amber, Smoochie, Snowie, Posie and Humphrey’s madcap happenings on that 70s show cast dating.