Howdy, everyone, and Best Wishes of the Season! Today I thought I’d share a Holiday book-giving list with you, either for gifting yourself or cat-loving friends. These are all classics, and readily available on Amazon or through other outlets. Felix and I recommend them all paws up!
The Cat Who Came for Christmas, originally published in 1987 by Cleveland Amory, was later included in a trilogy by the same author. This is the story of his beloved Polar Bear, found on Christmas Eve and adopted reluctantly by the author, due to his being badly scratched by the frightened kitty. Needless to say, the cat soon won over his rescuer and became famous in New York City. Amory was a well-known writer and humorist, and founded the Fund for the Animals.
Dewey, published in 2008 by Vicki Myron, is the story of a cat who was dropped down a library book return shoot on a very cold night in the Winter of 1988 in Spencer IA. He immediately ingratiated himself with the Library staff and visitors, and became the “mascot” of the library. He lived out his life guarding the Library until succumbing to a tumor in 2006. This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and community.
Homer’s Odyssey, published by Gwen Cooper in 2010, is the story of a blind kitten rescued in Miami FL by the author, and then accepted by her other two cats. Homer moved with his human to New York City and saved her from an intruder and withstood the trauma and separation brought on in the aftermath of 9-11. Although blind, Homer could jump to the top of bookcases and cupboards, and he could catch flies. This is a story of unconditional love and the lengths a human will go to to protect her pet companions.
Trim, Being the True Story of a Brave Seafaring Cat, was a love lament dedicated to this fabulous cat by his human, the famous Australian navigator, Matthew Flinders. The memoir was written in 1804 and has been republished many times, most recently by Nauticalia in the UK. Together, Trim and his master circumnavigated the globe in the very late 18th century, and circumnavigated Australia as well. On their return voyage to England, their ship was captured by the French and the two were imprisoned. Trim met a foul end at the hands of a local native. A rare first-hand account of a seafaring cat!
Bailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat, published in 2014 by Louise Kennedy, is a beautifully photographed journal of life at sea from a feline perspective. This very amusing book combines nautical wisdom and lore, the joy of sailing, trouble-shooting and navigating, and the challenges of being a cat aboard a big boat on the open sea. Bailey is an astute problem solver and observer of his environment and his social world. Fun for landlubbers and salty dogs!
Thank you for those excellent recommendation Maggie.
Thank you to everyone for your comments, purrs and prayers for Stinky. I have decided to hold off on the MRI for now. She will go to her own vet next week which is what I should have done to begin with. I tested her twice and she blinks so I think she can see out of that eye. And she is acting completely normal so I hope that is a good sign. Please keep praying.