Popular Maine TV personality Togus the Cat, his people and his book will appear Friday, July 22 at 3 p.m. at the Smiling Cow, 41 Main St./Route 1.

Togus will be accompanied by his owners, Don and Donna Carrigan of Walpole, and maybe also Tom Block, former Maine Art Educator of the Year who currently heads the Fine Arts Department at Wiscasset High School and previously taught at Georges Valley High School in Thomaston. “TOGUS: A Coon Cat Finds A Home” was written by Don Carrigan and illustrated by Block.

Carrigan’s book is the true story of how Togus was rescued by Judy Doe, owner of Louis Doe Pet Center in Newcastle, and came to live with Don and his wife Donna. The book was inspired in part by a photograph by local photographer Ronn Orenstein, whose image of Donna with Togus was re-created by Block for the final illustration of the book.

“That photo is really what started it all,” said Don Carrigan, who keeps a framed print of the photo at his workspace in the Rockland VillageSoup office. Carrigan is well known throughout Maine as a news reporter for WCSH 6 in Portland and WLBZ 2 in Bangor; and it was his early morning Storm Center reports via Skype from his kitchen table that made Togus a celebrity … so much so his Facebook page has more than 8,500 friends.

Togus is a 23-pound Maine Coon cat with a personality as big as his body. He will visit his fans from inside his traveling kennel, although Don said Donna takes Togus out and holds him during book signings. “TOGUS: A Coon Cat Finds A Home” was published by Maine Authors Publishing of Rockland and is being sold through locally-owned Maine bookstores, selected gift and other local stores and online at togusthecat.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.