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Our Amazing Cats: Short Tales of Feline Inspiration, Adventure and Humor Paperback – November 18, 2012
About the Author
Dr. R.J. Peters is a retired health care professional who started an animal rescue shelter in 2002 and has since worked with more than 1,000 cats and dozens of dogs. Her mission has shifted from the exhausting aspects of field work to educating others about the needs of pets in peril and offers hope and guidance in saving lives.
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With cat ownership now topping dog ownership and videos of cute cats and kittens circulating the Internet, it’s the right moment to be reading R.J. Peters’ delightful, moving anthology, OUR AMAZING CATS: Short Tales of Feline Inspiration, Adventure and Humor.” This series of thirteen stories by cat lovers about their felines presents accounts of cats rescued -- often saved from euthanasia -- to become their owners’ beloved companions. There’s Twister, a little cat with a neck deformity that prevented her from eating properly, restored to health by Peters who took her with her on her travels, at one point tying her to a rock – which Twister then began dragging despite her small size. Beaster, a cat author Christine Houde cured of a serious enzyme deficiency, turned out to be a nurturing presence for kittens born into the household (“When my queens had kittens, they trusted him to baby sit and he would get into their nest boxes, curl himself around their babies, bathing and cuddling them.” (35) Radar, Peters’ favorite cat, emaciated when she rescued him, his long fur horribly matted, turned out to be very smart and accompanied Peters on speaking engagements. “He became so popular that adoption requests increased….” He died at eighteen with Peters crying by his side. I leave you to order and read this book; the cats I just sketched will stay with you, as well as Goldie, the cat who knocked on doors when she wanted to get in, Ciego, R.J. Peters’s blind cat, Karlos A. Kitty who, the morning of the 9/11 disaster, “strutted into the kitchen and without a moment’s hesitation jumped straight up into my arms and clung to my neck with his forearms, head-butting me fiercely and nuzzling me hard.”Full disclosure: I have had a personal correspondence with R.J. Peters ever since getting my last two cats. I don't think this review would be different if I didn’t know her.
My favorite line from one of the stories:
Kittens are cuter than puppies, mostly because they don't poop on the rug.
I love this book because as a collection, you can read as many or as few stories as you like at any time.
I read one story before bed every night, until I finished the book.
I'm already looking forward to the next volume! There must be a volume 2 ...
This book is worth every cent!