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The Power of Purrs: Reflections on a Life with Cats
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The Power of Purrs: Reflections on a Life with Cats

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by Kinky Friedman (Foreword by), Gary Shiebler
 
This charming collection shares stories about the author’s parade of cats through his household, including Lucy, a vagabond who came to him near death’s door, as well as Mitten, Rainbow, Johnny Ringo, and others. “It’s easy to get lulled into believing our cats will live forever . . . But I always had a feeling that Lucy’s time with us

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This charming collection shares stories about the author’s parade of cats through his household, including Lucy, a vagabond who came to him near death’s door, as well as Mitten, Rainbow, Johnny Ringo, and others. “It’s easy to get lulled into believing our cats will live forever . . . But I always had a feeling that Lucy’s time with us would be short. As a result, I tried extra hard to make her daily life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I discovered peace in my care for her . . . I loved her not only for who she was, but for who I became when I was with her.”Narratives about cats are always best sellers, and this superbly written memoir of a lifelong kitty conga is going to get raves from readers and even their people.

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“A kind and wonderful storyteller, Gary Shiebler’s love and respect for our whiskered angels is conveyed beautifully in the pages of the The Power of Purrs. The book is pure sunshine.”--Walter Ralph Emery, country music disk jockey and television host “As an essayist, as a songwriter, as a man, Gary Shiebler carries music in his voice. In an age of pyrotechnics, this book purrs. His work reminds us how much we depend on species other than our own, to fill the corners and hold down the couches and run ahead of us, sometimes to show the way.”--Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods "I used to take in stray cats in my barn and name them after automobiles: Cadillac, Chevy, Rolls Royce, and Fiat. I hid the keys and none of my cats ever left home. I love this cat book."--Tom T. Hall, American country balladeer, songwriter, and country singer "I love these books! Wonderful and inspiring stories about our most beloved companions."--Kassie DePaiva, actress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599213101
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.38(d)

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Excerpt:. . . Suddenly, the spell is broken. Not by a blaring car horn or a cranky garbage truck hoisting barrels over whining belts and chugging cylinders, but by a surging collage of thumps and gallops growing out of the back of the house. I always try to ignore it, but there’s no defense against these mischievous stirrings, no covers thick enough to hide under, no bedroom door solid enough to step this restless, impatient tide. Soon, these furry conquistadors will spill into the hallway and lay siege to our bedroom. We try our best to turn them away, but there’s just no stopping the cats that want breakfast. Through sleepy grunts and sluggish groans, my wife and I reach for anything within an arm’s length of our nightstands. Within moments, the air in our once tranquil bedroom is filled with slippers, socks, pillows, Kleenex boxes, and small inspirational books. It’s a noble display, but the cats know that’s it just a matter of time before our paltry cache runs dry. They deftly sidestep our half-hearted barrage and press onward. Soon, they’ll be on the bed, marching up the entire length of our pajamed bodies. Twitchy tails will swish beneath noses, whiskers will tickle cheeks, and toothy incisors will rub against stubbled chins. If we refuse to surrender, the troops will split up. Valuable glass items will be pushed to the edge of dresser tops, phones will be pulled off hooks, and mini-blinds will be systematically dismantled. If those tactics fail to swing our feet to the floors, there’s always Cielo, our cat despising fox terrier and sleeping companion. No better way to propel us towards the kitchen than with a spinning, snarling, predawn brawl on the end of the bed. Once I’m up, the offensive is immediately called off. The battle has been won, this particular morning’s war is over and I, the defeated battleship, am carefully escorted to the kitchen by a now gracious flotilla of whiskered tugboats. When I’m safely in port, they strategically disperse and reposition themselves on counters and breakfast bars and quietly wait for doors to open and silverware drawers to slide out. The familiar metallic puff of the can opener and my slow, wristy grind around a fresh serving of ocean whitefish signals the end of another successful ground campaign but victory will not be secured until all dishes have been filled and cans scooped clean.

Meet the Author

Gary Shiebler is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has worked with the likes of Patty Loveless, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Porter Wagoner, Danny Gilley, Tanya Tucker, Bryan White, Rachel Proctor, and Arlo Guthrie. His love for animals--especially dogs, cats, and horses--and his work as a humane educator at the nationally recognized Helen Woodward Animal Center in southern California--prompted him to write his first book, A Search for the Perfect Dog. That book went on to sell approximately 16,000 copies. Readers fell in love with A Search for the Perfect Dog and Shiebler continues to receive at least a dozen inquiries a week from fans. He lives in Fallbrook, California, with his wife, daughter, and menagerie of household pets.

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The Power of Purrs: Reflections on a Life with Cats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DrTomNH More than 1 year ago
"The Power of Purrs" is Gary's personal account of some of the fine cats he has known over his life, and some of his experiences working with cats and dogs in an animal shelter environment. Gary now lives near Nashville TN and is the organizer of "The World's Greatest Fishing Band" as well as a song writer for some of the well known Nashville performers. If you like his book (he's also got one that focuses on dogs), check out his music, some of which you can buy here on B&N or you can listen any time on Whole Wheat Radio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE POWER OF PURRS is one of those books that you can read in one or two sittings because the writing is so clear, honest, and enjoyable. All of the felines in Shiebler's life are memorable and hilarious in their own ways. This book could make a lover out of any cat hater, guaranteed.