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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440166242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440166242
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


At first glance, this account isn't very different from thousands of other stories...but King has transformed the personal into the universal, making Buckley's tale one all readers will mirror in their hearts.
--Best Friends Magazine

Informative, revealing and moving, Buckley's Story will touch a chord with anyone who has ever shared a special relationship with a kitty.
--Feline Wellness Magazine

In Buckley's Story, Ingrid King leads us through the joys and sorrows of her life with Buckley. 
--CatFancy Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap

"Have you seen the cute little tortie in the back?" Liz asked. Everybody at the animal hospital knew I was patial to tortoiseshell cats. There was something about the beautiful coloring and the distinct personality that is typical for these cats that appealed to me.

"No, I haven't," I responded. "Where is she?"

Liz pointed to the bank of cages at the very back of the kennel, and I went to see Buckley for the first time. And I fell in love. Hard. And fast.

                                                                                          - Excerpt from Buckley's Story

More About the Author

Ingrid King is the award winning author of "Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher" and "Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style." She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her blog, "The Conscious Cat," a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans, has won multiple awards, including the 2013 Pettie for Best Pet Blog.

Ingrid lives in Northern Virginia with her tortoiseshell cats Allegra and Ruby. For more information about Ingrid, please visit www.IngridKing.com or www.ConsciousCat.com.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful, touching story for any cat lover, or for anyone who has ever loved an animal.
Candy L. O'Kelley
Cat lovers, Ingrid King's passionate love for cats shines through beautifully in Buckley's Story Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher.
Dawn M. Kairns
I highly recommend this for anyone who has owned or have been owned-by a cat or other pet.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By KauaiKat on December 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Buckley's Story. Wow! I must say that it made me feel things inside my soul that were waiting to come out. My emotions went from joy to love to pride to understanding to sorrow to spiritual acceptance. The way that Ingrid King describes and paints her picture of the story of this beautiful, lucky little cat is inspirational. I could feel her emotions as I read on. It certainly is a page turner, I read it on a flight from Florida to New York. I could not put it down. She made me appreciate the things that I have in my life and even though she says that Buckley taught her things about life, Buckley taught me things about life too and I've never met her, just by reading her story.
I anguished with Ingrid as she tried to have Buckley fit into her life. I swelled with pride as she described how her cats waited for her at the top of the stairs when she came home. I read with joy as she described her life with her two adoring cats. I cried when Buckley got sick. I was happy when she got better. I don't want to give away too much so I will stop there. This is a wonderful book for any cat lover. They will truly understand and appreciate Buckely as I do. I would have loved to have known Buckley but by reading this wonderful book, I feel as if I do know Buckley. I certainly would like to thank her for the things that she taught me, but somehow, I think she knows!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F. Slack on January 17, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Buckley's Story is an intensely personal journey through a series of life lessons gifted to a deeply caring woman by the life and death of her beloved cat. Fortunately for the reader, Ms. King found relief from her grief in the chronicling of these lessons. The story is spellbinding, by turns uplifting, sorrowful, funny, and profound. It is also absolutely accurate; I can attest to that, because I am the veterinarian who was privileged to care for Buckley.

I love this book, for reasons that go far beyond simply having lived the story along with Ms. King. In the time I spent being Buckley's vet, Ingrid challenged my thought processes in very important ways. Her approach to medicine was very much focused on the quality of life to be gained; a goal we veterinarians all too often unintentionally misplace in our zeal to diagnose and treat. Working with Ingrid deepened and changed my view of what defines compassionate care.

Her experiences were common to many a pet owner with a terminally ill pet. Health care decisions, which many mistakenly believe are simple and straightforward, were often fraught with uncertainty. Guilt over causing stress by the act of treatment struggled with guilt over not treating. Ingrid had to learn to listen to her instincts, and to trust them; and to stand up against those who would judge her without understanding, who would try to convince her to subject Buckley to treatments that they thought were right even when she disagreed. Most of all, she needed to learn how to shed the heavy coat of dread and fear, in order to be able to share the joy of each new day with Buckley.

Buckley's Story will speak to every pet owner who has ever asked themselves, "Is it time yet?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Slakoff on October 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Buckley's Story is not only the tale of a little cat who changed her human mommy's life forever, but is also a book loaded with information about cat health and heart disease. The narrative envelops the reader as they journey with Ingrid through the many medical decisions that have to be made while her heart is breaking over the possibility of losing her beloved little girl forever. However, Buckley proves to be so very much more than that frail little feline in a diseased and failing body. Little did Ingrid know that Buckley had much bigger plans in store for her -- an amazing future beyond her wildest dreams. And all this came about because of this amazing little tortie who stole Ingrid's heart the first moment they met. She had so much to give to Ingrid as well as others that she continues to do so today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethJLB on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
For me, this book was truly uplifting because Ingrid gave Buckley such a loving home and as Buckley's illness progressed, Ingrid worked so hard to minimize the cat's suffering.

I appreciate that Ingrid collaborated with Buckley's vet to ensure the book was medically accurate. As a long-time cat owner, I found the detailed description of Buckley's heart disease and other health problems very instructive.

I agree with Ingrid that cats teach the people they live with valuable lessons. In my own experience, cats have taught me to be more compassionate and less materialistic.

I found myself envying Ingrid's friendship with Buckley's vet. One of the most compelling scenes in the book is the description of Ingrid and Buckley's visit to an emergency clinic. On an "intuitive level,"; Ingrid felt the clinic staff's diagnosis was wrong and she rejected the recommendation that she leave Buckley in the hospital over the weekend. Buckley's vet supported her decision. Ingrid was never a passive participant in Buckley's care and she was not afraid to be skeptical.

I hope that reading this book will give me greater confidence in future conversations I have with veterinarians and that I will cease to be such a passive participant in my pets' veterinary care.

Like other reviewers, I read this book after my cat passed away. My tortie Agatha died on March 16. But I wish I had read this book six months earlier when my cat was diagnosed with kidney failure. Ingrid provides a detailed account of her thought processes throughout Buckley's illness and I believe her account would be useful to anyone whose cat has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
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