Since Champ has become a Pawthor, he is keen to review books by other Pawthors, and also conduct interviews. Champ was so captivated by Byron Tinker's book, Tortoise Soup, that he couldn't wait to interview this amazing tortie. I couldn't wait to share the amazing interaction between these two animals on my blog. I hope you enjoy it. Over to Champ!
Hi Byron and welcome. I just loved
your book Tortoise Soup. It was such an incredible adventure that I’m sure
readers are as curious as I am about you and your amazing life. If anyone missed my review, here it is.
How did you come to live with Pawthor Nick
Holland and has he been very helpful in getting your book written and out there
Hi Champ! It's a big honour for me to speak to
such a famous dog! My human, the Pawthor Nick Holland, read your story to me
and it was very moving! He bought me from a tortoise breeder called Brian. Us
torties and turtles make great pets, but it's better to get us from specialist
tortoise & turtle breeders, because some people try to sell torties that
have been snatched from the wild! My mum and dad were from Russia! They were
being illegally smuggled into England. The airport people spotted them and
passed them onto Brian, who takes really good care of them.
Phew! Your Mum and Dad were lucky they got rescued. What made you decide to write Tortoise Soup?
I love books, but there weren't enough about us
tortoises. People think we are slow, but
we can do lots and lots! I decided to write a book myself, though I had to get
my pet human to type it all up for me.
This is a secret question – is everything
that happened in the book true?
It all happened! Or was it a dream? After all,
having adventures in our mind is almost as much fun as having them in real
life. Don't tell anyone though, Champ, but it was all true!
I knew it must be all true! Did you feel sick when you were flying with the
wild crane, trying to get back to Ruby? I ask this question because in my book,
when I had to fly with the pigeons, my stomach kept going round and round.
I did feel sick at first, and it was very cold
up there. But I was so excited that I soon forgot how sick I felt.
|Byron eating his annual strawberry!|
I noticed in your book you had a hard time
getting exactly the kind of food you like and are accustomed to eating. So,
what’s your very favourite food in the whole world?
Definitely strawberries! But too many would make
me feel sick, so I only get two a year. One at Christmas and one on my birthday
(July 20th!). It's a very special treat. I also love big yellow
Hmm, strawberries? I've never tasted one but they sound interesting. You were very brave during your adventure, even
when that Miss Scratbakk nearly got you with the big machine. Truthfully, were
you ever so scared you thought you couldn’t go on?
I was! I was so scared I could have put my head in my shell and never
come out again. But sometimes you have to hide how scared you are. It doesn't
matter how little you are, if you have a big heart then you can achieve big
Do you believe in the Anjil for Aminals (that’s
who helped save me from abuse)?
I definitely believe in the Anjil for Aminals! I
think somebody up there in the sky is looking out for us all. That's why we
should all say a prayer for our anipals who need her help.
Has being a world-famous Pawthor changed you in
any way? Has it changed your life? Do you feel you still have all four paws on
I get fan emails from across the world, which I
love! But I try not to get too big headed, or I wouldn't fit in my shell any
more. I got my picture in the local paper as well, but it wasn't on the front
page where I should have been. Oops, my head is getting bigger again!
What’s a typical day for you?
I wake up and exercise, up down, up down, twenty
times. And then my other eyelid. It's hard work keeping in top shell condition.
Then I have a bath in a plastic tub with warm water in it. When I come out my
human has put my food out. I gobble it up and then snooze under my sun lamp.
While I snooze, I'm thinking up ideas for new books. At midday, my human lets
me out of my home (my tortoise table) and I stomp around the house and watch
television. Then it's back to snoozing until supper time, lots of nice weeds
for me to eat, with a bit of lettuce. If it's summer time, I go outside and
charge around the garden – I like that! But I can't stand the cold, so I spend
my winters indoors. I love climbing over things, knocking things over and
digging in the soil. Maybe I should be a tortoise marine? Then when it gets
dark, I go to sleep. Another fun filled day will be waiting in the morning.
|Byron charging around the garden!|
|Two books in one here!|
Now that you’re a Pawthor with two books
(Shellebration and Tortoise Soup), what’s next on the writing agenda?
I think I should be the first tortoise in space.
I'm planning on stowing away on a rocket and blasting into space with my
special human friend Ruby! I want to find out if the moon is made of cheese or
lettuce? When I get back, I will write all about it.
If you had One Big Wish that was guaranteed to
come true, what would you wish for?
I would wish that all anipals would be happy and
healthy, and there would be no more cruelty out there. Because we all have a
lot of love to give, and we only want a little love in return.
I totally agree with you, Byron! What’s your message for other aspiring Pawthors
Don't let anyone stop you writing your story!
People might try to put you off, but they're just jealous because you can write
a book and they can't. Once you've done it, then you'll be a Pawthor for life,
and nobody can ever take that away from you. And maybe your book will make
people happy, and that's the bestest gift of all!
Thanks so much for sharing details of your life
and career with us today. I am sure this will inspire many Pawthors to put paw
to paper and get their stories out to eager readers.
Thank you Champ! I loved talking to you, I hope
I wasn't too slow!
Not at all! I’m reading Shellebration right now
and hope to post a review very soon.
For new readers, Byron lives in the United Kingdom which is a long
way from where Champ lives in California. His guardian is Nick Holland, who is
also a Pawthor. I think he helped Byron with some big words and spelling. You
can follow Byron on Twitter @ByronTinker. You can also buy his books on Amazon,
and don’t forget to leave a review.
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|Byron on a dandelion hunt!|