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