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  • Cat Caught My Heart
  • Written by Michael Capuzzo
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780553762341
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Cat Caught My Heart

Purrfect Tales of Wisdom, Hope, and Love

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In this captivating and heartwarming book, America's premier pet columnist, Michael Capuzzo, shares astonishing true tales celebrating the unique and unbreakable relationship between people and their cats.  Drawn from history and literature as well as from cat lovers--both famous and not so famous-- from all walks of life all over the world, here are unforgettable tales that take us behind the cool, independent facade of the cat to reveal the sweet, sensitive, devoted creature within.  Here are just a few of the cats guaranteed to catch your heart:

Priscilla, who meowed at her apartment door for two days.  Finally her owners thought to check on their elderly neighbor and discovered that she had broken her hip and was unable to move.

Pearl and Skittles, the Keystone Cats, who watched over their household with total vigilance.  Any problem--a clogged drain in the kitchen, a stereo left on at night--and they sounded the alarm, waking everyone in the house.

Murry, the cat who became the constant companion and protector of a young boy suffering from cystic fibrosis.  His devotion was so great that when the boy's health began to fail, Murry seemed to lose his own will to live.

Nicholas, who every day fed the family pit bull; he jumped up on the kitchen table, grabbed a dog bone, and dropped it down to his pal.  Later each day, as if to repay Nicholas, the pit bull happily licked the cat's head for ten minutes.  

Subway, the beautiful orange tabby who not only survived being shot with a shotgun, but later, apparently killed in an accident, jumped out of the box he was to be buried in and frolicked among the guests at his own funeral.

In Cat Caught My Heart you will see cats in all their glory--their unique personalities, their irrepressible spirits, their gentle souls.  You'll laugh at their antics, weep at their passing, and thank the heavens that these remarkable creatures are part of our lives.


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The Feline Scorned

Cats teach us many timeless lessons, not the least of which is this: Beware the woman scorned.  Our cat Olivia, for instance, believes that she really is my husband's master.  She loves him very much, but she rules him with an iron fist.

One late evening when we all retired, we climbed into bed to watch the news.  Olivia, of course, took her rightful place at my husband's side, laying her head next to his on the pillow and her body in the crook of his arm.  This is how he is supposed to spend the whole night sleeping.  When he tired of this and turned over she followed him to the other side.  Not wanting to continue on with this sleeping arrangement, my husband put the pillow over his head.  Olivia, not to be daunted, tried to burrow under the pillow.  When she could not succeed she sat down in contemplation for a minute, deciding what to do.  Ever so calmly she walked around to the other side of the bed and very deliberately walked along his side until she reached his derriere.  There she stopped, promptly and with vigor gave him a firm bite on his posterior as reprimand!  Beware the woman scorned...she walks softly but carries a big bite.

--Anne H. Timpson



  


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Michael Capuzzo

About Michael Capuzzo

Michael Capuzzo - Cat Caught My Heart
Four time-Pulitzer Prize nominee MICHAEL CAPUZZO has won countless awards for his writing, including the National Headliner Award and the Sunday Magazine Editors’ Association award for best magazine story. In addition to authoring four books on animals (WILD THINGS, MUTTS: America's Dogs, OUR BEST FRIENDS, and CAT CAUGHT MY HEART), he has been a nationally syndicated animal columnist for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, and Chicago Sun-Times. Articles he has written for national publications such as Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Reader’s Digest have ranged in subject from swimming among sharks on a dive to recovering Spanish gold to the Vietnamese boat people. He lives in rural New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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