Simon Teakettle in the Guinness Book? 

Simon Teakettle plans to apply to Guinness World Records for The Most Diverse Fan Club in the World, as soon as Antarctica is added as the seventh continent in the website Fan Club.

The Fan Club currently boasts 115 species from more than 40 countries on six continents. 

Craig McMahon, who added an armadillo, vicuna and penguins from Chile last year,  is supposed to be doing some work for NASA in Antarctica this fall. Craig's father is a founder of  RESTCo,  one of 20 organizations the Fan Club supports, most of which are involved in animal rescue and habitat preservation.

Simon Teakettle had became famous when he wrote for CATS Magazine, was a frequent “guest” on various CBC radio programs, and was featured in a segment of Animal Planet Canada.

As the website bearing his name became more popular, we set up a Fan Club web page, which quickly filled with other cats from the U.S. and Canada, as well as Israel, Egypt, Greece, Holland, New Zealand, Malaysia and the U.K.

Soon dogs wanted to join, then other pets, and friends added wildlife they photographed, both at home and abroad.

All photos were taken by individuals. None are stock photos, or lifted from websites.

There are bison, bighorn sheep and elk from Montana, a Japanese racoon dog from Okinawa, a skatefish in the Maldives, a seal swimming along the beach at Bray, Ireland.

Elephants were photographed by one friend in Laos and another in Thailand, and chimney sweeps in flight in northern Ontario. 

There are two goats in Kenya named for Simon Teakettle family members. The one pictured below is named Terzo, for Simon Teakettle III. It was a gift from Steve Pitt, one of the most prolific contributors of photos for the Fan Club. They were both donations made through The Creation of Hope, one of the charities we support.

The Fan Club continues the tradition at Simon Teakettle Ink of promoting responsible pet ownership, spaying and neutering, rescuing ferals and older pets who might not otherwise be adopted, and keeping cats indoors.

The current Simon Teakettle spokescat is Q.T. Penny, a three-year-old female rescue. She's featured on the Simon Teakettle FaceBook page, and maintains both the Fan Club and the blog.

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Video of Simon Teakettle demonstrating training results

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Fan Club members come from 41 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces, 2 Canadian territories and the following countries:

Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, the Falklands, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel,  Japan, Kenya,  Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden,  Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

There are more than 250 cats, more than 100 dogs, and more than 115 other species, including: alpacas, alligators, Arctic wolves, armadillo, bears, bees, bighorn sheep, bison,  black-crowned night herons, bluebirds, blue jays, camels, cassowary, chipmunks, chimneyswitfts, cows, coyotes, sand crabs, burrowing crayfish, crows, deer, dingos, donkeys, doves, five kinds of ducks, bald eagles, echidna, elephants, elk, ferrets, purple finch, several kinds of fish, flamingos, fennec foxes, red foxes, three kinds of frogs, geckos, Canada geese, white geese, giraffes, goats, goshawk, grackles, grosbeaks, groundhogs,  three types of hares, hawks, hedgehogs, hens, horses, hummingbirds, iguanas, jackdaws, kangaroos,  koalas, kookaburra, leopards, lemurs, lions, llamas, loons, macaques, magpie, monkeys, moose,  muskrats, opossums, osprey, otters, owls, palm warblers, parakeets, parrots, Patagonian mara, peacocks, peahens, two kinds of penguins, pelicans, pigeons, domestic and wild pigs, pine siskin, porcupines, purple swamp hens, rabbits. raccoons, raccoon dog, white rats, ravens, redwing blackbirds, robins, seals, sharks, sharpshinnedhawks, sheep, skatefish, skunks, snakes, squirrels, starlings, swans, Tasmanian devils, tigers, turkeys, turtles, vicuna,  wild boar, wolves, two kinds of woodpeckers, yaks. 

Simon the Elder: 1970-1987
Simon the Younger, 1987-2006
Simon Teakettle III (Terzo), 2006-2014
Simon the Younger, 1987-2006
Q.T. Penny, born Febuary 2015

Simon was dubbed the cat who owns the company in an article in Business Week which was quoted on CNBC stations in 10 major markets, Simon Teakettle was also mentioned in articles in Cat Fancy and other national magazines.

Simon Teakettle was nentioned on CBC radio network programs for 25 years, beginning in 1981: R.S.V.P., The Radio Show, Basic Black, Morningside, Gabereau, Disc Drive, and Here’s To You.

Simon the Younger exchanged letters with Bill Richardson’s cat on the CBC radio network program Cross Words.

Simon Teakettle is the co-author of the award-winning Mewsings/Musings, which contains back-back humor by Simon and Barbara Florio Graham.

Barbara Florio Graham's article, Training Your Cat Like a Dog, won the $1000 award for best article on training (judged by a vet who specializes in animal behavior), and is now on several websites, including one for student vets.

Simon Teakettle the Younger appeared on Animal Planet (2002 Canadian Pet Awards) broadcast on Discovery and repeated several times over the next two years on the CTV network.