Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron

Every time I saw my kitty, Minou, this weekend I picked her up. I held her for untold moments, out of sheer gratitude for having a sweet one of my own. And to think a few years ago, I didn’t even like cats.

But, if you don’t like cats?  Dewey’s Nine Lives will change your mind.

And, if you do like cats? If you are already so fortunate as to live with a cat? This book will touch every chord in your heart.

I could only read a few chapters at a time, and then I had to put it down to reflect for awhile. On the magic that Dewey created; on the magic found in these pages between a cat and its owner. For it’s a palpatable thing, this magical relationship. And the stories of the cats, of the people who befriended them, made me cry.

The stories show the vulnerable side of us. The hurting and lonely and aching side of some, the longing for connection from others, and the way that cats have comforted us by their very quiet, peaceful presence.

My copy came with a bookmark. It lists Dewey’s Nine Rules to Live by for Cats and Their People:

  1. Find your place-and make it your own.
  2. Independence is essential, but so are people.
  3. Explore. Life is so much more fun for the curious.
  4. Enjoy the simple things, like cardboard boxes and snuggling.
  5. Every once in awhile, surprise someone you love by jumping on thier lap when they least expect it.
  6. You’re never too old to sniff the catnip and play hide and seek.
  7. Everyone is a potential friend. So always say “hi”.
  8. Just being there is often the best comfort you can give.
  9. Read with someone every day. Even your cat.

When I told my parents how much I loved this book, they immediately told me a story of the kitties in their barn. The way that one of them came home injured, and how he had to be cared for. Reading of Dewey, and the cats that are in this book, naturally brings to mind stories of our own. Do you have one to share? There is a story writing contest here where you can “submit a true personal story about a cat that has touched your life or the life of someone you know; a cat that exemplifies the spirit of Dewey the cat.”

Or, if you’d like to connect with Dewey on Facebook you can click here.

Finally, you can see the trailer of Dewey’s Nine Lives here.

He truly was a magical cat. Probably a lot like the one you love yourself, or would, if you could give in to one.

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9 thoughts on “Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron”

  1. Bellezza, I read and reviewed the first Dewey book sometime ago. It's also a wonderful story that makes you appreciate your own cat more than usual. 🙂

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  2. Suko, I have the first Dewey book which I won as a prize this summer, and I'm looking forward to reading it now that I've read this sequel. 😉 I never knew I'd be a cat lover, but now we have two. They were both rescued, and I think that's what makes them especially endearing. I have a soft spot for abandoned creatures (and people!).

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  3. I love Dewey's 9 Rules! So cute. Maybe I'll have to break down and actually read this book, or even the first one 😉 I love cats, and libraries, so I don't know what has taken me so long.

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  4. Melwyk, it will completely charm you. I think, that even more than cats, this book is about the people. I was totally absorbed in their lives, and interested in the very real way that they live and feel, which was expressed so honestly within the pages of this book.

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  5. Thank you for mentioning this book. As I read the first book, my eyes were moist most of the time, reading about this dear cat who touched so many lives in the library.

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  6. Wonderful review, Bellezza! I'm so pleased that you've become a cat lover and I have to agree that there's just something extra special about a kitty that's been rescued. Both of ours are rescues, both found abandoned and alone. Don't you find that they seem incredibly grateful? Mine are both such loving creatures. I thought Dewey's Nine Lives did a great job of capturing how much our cats mean to us.

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  7. Bookfool, your comment says it all. We love our kitties, and probably they love us as much, and we're grateful for the issue of abandonment being solved all the way around. This book did a marvelous job of capturing cats and those who love them. Do you have a story to submit? I'm sure you have tons, as you've been a cat lover much longer than I. But, I'm catching up, so to speak. 🙂

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