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Two Perfectly Marvellous Cats: A True Story
     

Two Perfectly Marvellous Cats: A True Story

by Rosamond M. Young
 

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Cat lovers everywhere recognize the qualities of loyalty, patience, sympathy and persistence in their pets. But do they also see the selflessness, bravery and rugged devotion these creatures possess?

The two cats in this delightful and true story not only possessed these qualities, they earned medals in England during World War II to prove it!

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Cat lovers everywhere recognize the qualities of loyalty, patience, sympathy and persistence in their pets. But do they also see the selflessness, bravery and rugged devotion these creatures possess?

The two cats in this delightful and true story not only possessed these qualities, they earned medals in England during World War II to prove it!

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A charming tale of two British feline war heroes, and of the many people whose lives they touched.

Young's (Cat, Thy Name is Edith, not reviewed) first story concerns a homeless cat who was taken in by an animal-loving priest at St. Augustine and St. Faith Church in mid1930s London. From her first day of residence, the grateful little gray-and-white waif, named Faith, attended services regularly, sitting at the feet of Father Henry Ross, a firm believer that cats, too, "can have religion." Over the years Faith endeared herself to the church's many parishioners. In 1940, shortly after Faith gave birth, the church was bombed and badly damaged. Father Ross found Faith in the church's rubble-filled basement, huddled protectively over a kitten. For her bravery, Faith was awarded a special civilian version of the Dickin Medal, an honor usually bestowed on animals showing unusual bravery while serving England's armed forces. Also awarded such a medal was Simon, a cat who lived with the captain of the British warship Amethyst. When the ship was attacked in 1949 while sailing the Yangtze River in China, the captain was killed and Simon was badly injured. The ship was grounded for months, but the still-limping Simon helped save the much-needed food supplies by returning to his mousing duties with a vengeance—this despite the almost unbearable heat below deck. He also kept up the morale of the soldiers and regularly visited the wounded in sick bay. Months later, when the ship returned to safe harbor, Simon's heroism was widely acknowledged, but, sadly, he died before the Dickin medal could be bestowed.

Two perfectly lovely stories, padded a bit to fill up a slim, but nonetheless sweet, volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880158166
Publisher:
Publishing Works, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.52(d)

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