The Good Luck Cat by Lissa Warren
In 2008 Lissa Warren witnessed the death of her beloved father from a heart attack. Ting, the living extension of Lissa's dad, is a purebred Korat. My only problem with this book was that Lissa and her parents didn't seek out and save the life of a shelter cat. Instead they spent a huge amount on a purebred cat. Those of us in cat-rescue would save the life of a cat in a shelter, or one we had taken in from one of the colonies, like Charlie,Oscar, Ebony, or CJ to name a few. (I'm still hoping some kind soul will step up to adopt sweet Sweet Pea out at Big T's). Lissa and her parents are obviously well off financially and it never occurred to them to look in a shelter for a cat. That being said, they gave Ting the best life any cat could have.
Less than a year after her father's death, Ting is diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition. Their only option to save her life is to have a human pacemaker implanted in Ting's little cat body. The procedure is performed by the best animal hospital in Boston. Thus begins the story of how Ting helped Lissa and her mother deal with the loss of Lissa's father. When her dad was alive he was "Ting's person". This book does NOT have a sad ending! Ting survives the surgery and her journey back to health helps prepare Lissa for a serious diagnosis of her own.
Beautifully written, this book is not just the story of a spoiled purebred cat and her upscale owners. It is a book about grief, hope, and how our pets, in this particular story, a little grey cat, can not only help us through the tough spots, but enrich our lives and enable us to keep on keeping on, to keep on hoping and to appreciate each day we have, especially each day we have with a beloved pet.
Available in the library, on Amazon, in used book stores and on Kindle, I found myself involved in Ting's life, her prognosis, as well as how Lissa, her mother and Ting become a team - a team that is strong because they have the love of each other. An enjoyable read. Although I found it hard to relate to the social background of Lissa and her mother - one of privilege, in a sense, of entitlement. But if you can get around that aspect, it's a good story about a kitty who overcomes the odds and helps her humans. Read it to read about Ting!
Rescued is twelve stories of rescued cats as told through "their eyes" I normally don't like to read a collection of short stories since I'd rather have a story I can get in to However, this book was recommended by a friend and I got it used from Amazon.
Twelve rescuers tell the stories of a cat they rescued, as seen through the eyes of that cat. Not cutesy. Not adorable. No gimmicks. At the end of the book each author is pictured and there is a short bio for her/him. There is a photo or two of each cat featured - that appears along with that cat's story.
As rescuers we all can relate to more than one of these stories. They are heart-warming, sometimes funny, sometimes a bit sad. But every kitty in each story is indeed a rescue.
If you want a book you can pick up and read a short piece from, this just might be the answer. I think the story of "Rama: Sideways" might just be my favourite. You can find this book new or used on Amazon, probably in used book stores, maybe on Kindle and possibly in the library. Read it and see which kitties are your favs!
If you are able to locate either on Amazon, Kindle, in the library or a used book store A Cat Named Squeeky you will never regret any effort made on your part.
I read this book in one night! The author, Vic Reskovic, has no other books to his name, but his account of how he and his wife came to adopt, and be adopted by a stray little girl kitty whose face, in his words, looked like it had it had been "dipped in a hot fudge sundae, with a cream coloured streak coming down the middle of its forehead and over its nose." Her eyes were so blue the author expected to see clouds in them! Part Siamese, this little girl was quite talkative and Vic and his wife Cindy named her "Squeeky"- a fitting name indeed. They didn't want a cat. But they fed her when ever she showed up. One day she just waked into their house when Vic held the door open. From her appropriation of a blue shawl to finally sleeping on their bed between them, Squeeky went from being a homeless stray to a kitty with two humans of her very own. This author has a humorous side to his writing. I often found myself smiling. I even laughed out loud a couple of times.
Squeaky lived for nineteen years with Vic and Cindy. Would all stray kitties were so fortunate as to find such accommodating humans to love them! You'll need a hanky at the very end, but every bit of the story is well worth any tears. We've all experienced what Vic and Cindy experienced at the passing of Squeeky. Vic has become an advocate for stray cats and lists several organizations in the back who he suggests might be helpful in finding a home for a stray, unless you don't wind up adopting him/her yourself. One of the organizations he lists is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary outside of Kanab, Utah. The largest no-kill shelter in the country, I know from personal experience that Best Friends is a wonderful place and a wonderful organization. Get this book and enjoy every minute of it!
Our trapping/transporting team was BUSY last weekend. Between Friday and Sunday they trapped 19 cats for TNVR!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this project--Our Rock Star trapper Laura, Nancy and Emily for transporting to the Denver Dumb Friends League, Tonni who recovered them after surgery, and Nancy and Jenny H who delivered them back home. All the cats were neutered or spayed and vaccinated, and many were given antibiotics for things like a skin infection, wounds, and an ear infection. Great work team! Now they can spend their time chasing bugs and lying in the sun.
Thank you so much to DDFL for providing no cost spay/neuters.
Christina adopted Mama Kitty and took her home to live out her retirement years as a spoiled indoor kitty.
Mama is ten years old and has lived her whole life outdoors at Big T's colony. She's never been much for pets or human affection, only allowing an occasional head pat in passing from her caretakers. When Christina started volunteering to feed the kitties at Big T's a year ago, Mama Kitty was smitten, and started acting like a kitten when Christina was around. Christina felt the same love for Mama. In early March Mama went into Family Pet Hospital for medical care for a hurt paw and to have three teeth removed. While Mama was recovering at Deb's house, Christina visited her each morning. And so, as the saying goes, "Once a cat has chosen it's human, game over..."
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the TNR effort a success. Thanks to Laura who planned it, trapped and transported. Thanks to Janet, Tabatha, and Andrea for helping Laura trap. Thanks to Bri for trapping in your colony. Thanks to Nancy for transporting to Denver Dumb Friends League. And, thanks to Jenny H for being on call to transport. We were able to TNR 10 cats from 3 locations. Some of them were treated with antibiotics, matted cats were brushed, and we know of one to two that need more medical care. What would we do with out Denver Dumb Friends League? They are terrific! Thank you DDFL and Tonni too!
CJ from Big T's colony had a wound on his cheek that wasn't healing. Last week Deb and Christina got him into a carrier and Deb took him to see Doctor Molly Abernathy at Family Pet Hospital.
Doctor Molly treated his wound and will see him back for dental care and a follow up visit next week. Meanwhile he is recovering at Deb's house and is loving playtime and sitting on Deb's lap. Yesterday he "helped" Deb play Candy Crush on the computer.
Thank you Christina and Family Pet Hospital for helping CJ. Purrs to Deb for taking me in and giving me lots of LOVE!
Larry was a very unlucky guy until he crossed paths with Jami who saved his life.
After staying up many nights worrying about Larry whose tail had been bitten, or broken off, Jami was successful in trapping Larry last Friday night.
Larry went to the Denver Dumb Friends League clinic on Saturday morning where he was neutered and given an antibiotic shot. His next stop was to visit Doctor Molly Abernathy at Family Pet Hospital. Doctor Molly amputated his severed tail that was raw and very infected. Thank you sooo much Jami for saving Larry's life! Thank you to the DDFL and Family Pet Hospital for the medical care you gave Larry. Larry is recovering with Tonni for now and will return home once he is feeling better.
You were always sooo loved and surrounded by your babies. You were a good Mama. You were your own girl and you let us humans know that you were the boss. Suki let us know that she was ready to cross over to the other side and join her babies who passed before her. Thank you to Mark who took such good care of Suki during her retirement years at Suki's Love Shack. Thank you to the staff at Family Pet Hospital for your kind and gentle care for Suki. Thank you to all of the volunteers who fed and cared for Suki while she lived in the Hood, and to Megan and Katharine for continuing to visit and feed Suki after she moved to her Love Shack. Special thanks to Tonni who spent endless hours on her quest to TNVR Suki. Rest Well beautiful girl. Tansy, Chili, Mark and Jenny will miss you.
A Gift From Bob by James Bowen should really have been reviewed in December since it is about James and Bob and their adventures on the streets of London before the book A Street Cat Named Bob had taken off and they were facing a "skint" Christmas. London sounds like it can be a pretty mean city, like most any city. But the cold and snow, plus lack of funds and having to be out in the weather seem to make James and Bob's prospects for any kind of Christmas at all seem pretty bleak. In his usual straightforward fashion James tells about how he and Bob are out there selling "The Big Issue" and busking. We can get a pretty good picture of what life on the mean streets of London can be like in the winter.
All sorts of characters enter this book, some good, some angels, some not so good. James figures out how to give back to the folks he has met while out on the streets singing and selling "The Big Issue" and sure enough, as he brings positive energy to his own circumstances things begin to look up. Although this book is really a Christmas story, it is excellent for any time - especially when we're tempted to feel sorry for ourselves. James lets us get to know his best friend Belle (best human friend, that is) a bit more. Bob comes through as he always does. I figure Bob must be around twelve or fourteen. He is such an awesome guy! Hope he lives to be in his twenties- he and James need each other. Although it's pretty safe to say James really needs Bob. What a side kick!
I ordered my copy used on Amazon. Paperback, excellent shape. Should be available on Kindle, in used book stores and at the library. If you want to read more about Bob, this one's a winner!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.