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Dosa, a geriatrician with a strong aversion to cats, tells the endearing story of Oscar the cat, the aloof resident at a nursing home who only spends time with people who are about to die. Despite hearing numerous stories about Oscar's uncanny ability to predict when a patient's time is nearing, Dosa, ever the scientist, remains skeptical. Slowly, he starts to concede that there may be something special about Oscar. Dosa starts to pay more attention to the cat's decidedly odd behavior, noticing that Oscar seeks out the dying, snuggles with the patient and family members until the patient passes; with others, he smells the patient's feet, sits outside a closed door until admitted, or refuses to leave a dying patient's bed. Dosa discovers how powerfully Oscar's mere presence reassures frightened or grieving family. Ultimately, the good doctor realizes that it doesn't matter where Oscar's gift comes from; it's the comfort he brings that's important. This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero. (Feb.)
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This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero. --Publishers Weekly
Oscar captured my heart, and Dr. Dosa opened my mind. This extraordinary book offers a physician's perspective on death and dying, as well as insights on family love, companionship without question, and the life lessons that only the old can provide. As if that weren't enough, it proves the old adage: there are no ordinary cats. --Brenda Copeland, editor --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Oscar was born in 2005 and is a therapy cat at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, RI, a 41-bed unit which treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Teena in Toronto
I bought this for my mother-in-law who just lost her husband to dementia. She was very comforted by the stories, and Oscar himself. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Deb
Loved this book Made a believer out of me buyers will be sure to enjoyPublished 9 days ago by JONBOY
Very touching. Very educational. I work on a memory care nursing floor it heled me with my job.Published 1 month ago by Pamela Patrick
I found this story very touching and very comforting. I would recommend this to anyone that knows someone living in an Alzheimer's facility.Published 1 month ago by LP
Awesome! Cats are so smart. This was the best book. I've read it several times. My cats know when someone is sick and will come and comfort them. Oscar is a treasure.Published 2 months ago by MJP
i bought about 10 of these and I give them to my patients who have family with alzheimer's, I love this book and I love OSCARPublished 2 months ago by love firstclass