Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World

Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World

by Lonnie Hull DuPont


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The True Story of How Two Quirky Stray Cats Changed Their Adopted Human Forever

After years of loving the vibrant city life in San Francisco, Lonnie Hull DuPont reluctantly trades her three-room apartment on foggy, lively Telegraph Hill for a farmhouse on a quiet plain in Michigan. She immediately misses the rhythm and the pace of the city, and the isolation country living brings has her longing for something more.

Enter Kit Kat and Lucy--stray cats who arrive at the farmhouse a year apart and each ask to move in. The antics and oddities of these two strong personalities wrapped in fur bring a new light to the farmhouse and DuPont's life. Kit Kat, an obsessive-compulsive tortoiseshell, can purr her new human into a happier state of mind. Lucy, the playful, leaping Russian Blue who can nail a bat right out of the air, makes her laugh.

From the hysterical process of getting two strange cats to like each other, to the exciting years of watching those cats thrive--and inspire DuPont in the process--this book is an energetic tale of cat and human foibles. Animals enrich our lives, and the heartwarming story of how Kit Kat and Lucy changed one woman's world will leave readers enchanted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727321
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,127,727
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lonnie Hull DuPont is an award-winning poet, book editor, and writer. She is the author of several books, including five compilations of animal stories under the pseudonym of Callie Smith Grant. A member of the Cat Writers Association, she lives in rural Michigan with her husband and their cats.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

1 A House and a Cat 15

2 The Journey 25

3 Cat Men 36

4 Mothering 48

5 KitKat 57

6 My Feathered Friend 69

7 The Blue Cat 77

8 Donna the Pet Expert 88

9 The Results 99

10 Lucy 107

11 The Great Indoors 122

12 All Creatures 136

13 My Catalyst 148

14 Anxieties Old and New 159

15 Ten Miles 170

16 That Year 176

17 The Surf Shack 188

18 Game On 203

19 Older, Sweeter, Crankier 214

20 The Texans 226

Acknowledgments 233

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Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I especially enjoyed how Lonnie Hull Dupont interweaves her life story with that of the lives of two country cats with very different preferences and personalities, Kit Kat and Lucy, who come to live with her and her husband. Lonnie's love of animals is evident as she describes various events and what the cats teach her about themselves--and herself. She writes with vulnerability. Her relaxed, reflective writing style made it easy for me to get thoroughly wrapped up in the story. I couldn't help remembering the cats of my past who found their way into my life, as well as the five cats who currently share my home. When I finished the book, I wanted to read more, and was delighted that the book contains information that helped me locate the compilations of animal stories under her pseudonym of Callie Smith Grant. I've ordered several of them. Kit Kat and Lucy is an excellent read for anyone who loves to read about how animals affect the lives of the people they come to live with.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
This was such a rewarding and lovely book to read that I’m getting one for my mother, too! The stories and even lessons learned are just what any heart needs. Funny antics, sweet moments, heart breaking times and all through it are comforts of animals we sometimes take for granted. Everyone would love reading this – I highly recommend it! This author puts her heart out there and tells us how her world was changed by these two fabulous felines. Even the secondary characters grabbed my heart and made me smile! (Alberta!) Loved every minute of it and is now a bookshelf keeper.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, KIT KAT AND LUCY is a really really fun story that I totally loved. It made me laugh, and it made me cry. As I read this story, I shared parts of it out loud with my family. My dad loved what I read so much he asked to read the book next. Memoirs aren't exactly my genre of choice, but I loved this author's voice and getting to know more about her adjustment from city girl to country girl and about the cats that she loved. It gives me hope that the stray cat that adopted our family might someday move into our house and our hearts instead of being content to stay outside (or maybe it just relishes it's freedom). Animals are truly a gift from God and they shower us humans with love. We've always had a pet, usually dogs, but are adopted by a cat or two or stay for a time then move on. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals (especially cats!), memoirs, and country life. It is hilarious! 5 stars!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
When we lived in the country we had lots of cats. They each had very distinct personalities and they never ceased to amuse or surprise us. I am an animal lover, any kind of animal. I was drawn to this book by the cover and of course the fact that was a personal story about a person’s beloved pets. I have to admit I was a bit concerned. Many books like this are, well to put it politely, boring and mundane. Also my past experience with several has been the author talking more about themselves than the pet the book is supposed to be about. This book was anything but boring! I found it entertaining, humorous and I learned many new things I did not know about cats and why the act the way they do. The author had the perfect balance in sharing personal history about herself and her beloved cats. They complimented each other. Kit Kat and Lucy were both rescues that found the DuPont’s. Like most felines they waltzed into their lives and claimed the family lock, stock, and barrel. I applaud Ms. DuPont for her openness about her depression and anxiety. The story wrapped around my heart about how Kit Kat and Lucy responded in very sensitive and amazing ways to comfort and uplift her. Ways that only a pet owner would believe and understand. I related as since my husband’s death, I for the first time experience panic attacks. My dog Bill helps me with his show of canine concern and love. The cat’s antics and manipulation of their “skin parents” were hilarious. For me it proved the old saying, “You don’t own cats, they own you.” This book was a joy and a blessing to read!! I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions are my own.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Lonnie Hull DuPont has left San Francisco behind and has moved to Michigan. She really feels very lonely and wishes she was both with other people. Then 2 cats show up and change her life. Kit Kat comes first then Lucy. Will these two cats get along? Anyone who loves cats should make sure that they do not miss this book. It is a treasure and a treat to read. I enjoyed this book very much. Right now I have 4 cats and I love each and everyone of them. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by revel Publishing Company and these are my opinions.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy. As an animal love I was very excited to get the opportunity to read this book. I'm not sure that Kit Kit & Lucy turned out to be what I expected. I was expecting an interesting novel. What I received was a very well written and a little humorous memoir. Although I made an attempt to 'get into' the book so that I could write a review I was not able to finish. I am leaving this book on my book shelf and if I get a chance I'll pick it up again and give it another try.
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
An adorable story of a family and their beloved cats. A story of hope, love and the unconditional devotion that pets give us. A story of how a beautiful stray kitty named Kit Kat made her way into the hearts and home of Joe and Lonnie (the humans of the story). Perfectly written, this story paints the ultimate picture of how beautiful a relationship can be with a pet. Not only did Kit Kat help Lonnie with her anxiety but she built a trusting relationship with both her and Joe. Being a stray she was put through a lot of tough struggles, but she persevered and became one of the best pets that Lonnie had ever had. This story is excellently interwoven with the story of Lonnie's childhood with her present. She had several things to deal with as a child: adoption, a tense home relationship, and the loss of some of her favorite pets. She definitely had a tough life and had anxiety to prove it. Having Kit Kat around helped her to lessen her anxieties and gave her someone to share her days with since Joe was gone at work all day. A beautiful love story that grows even more with hilarious anecdotes and situations that will keep you turning to the last page. When the gorgeous Lucy ends up on their doorstep as well, things get a little crazy trying to introduce the very independent Kit Kat to the new kitten. Eventually all turns out for the best. Even though there are some very sad situations throughout the book, love is the greatest emotion I felt. The bond between human and pet is such a beautiful thing, the author delves in deep here and really gives you a sense of her life and how much her babies mean to her. Overall a great book! If you are an animal lover this book is definitely for you. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
This is a cat lover's book. The author details her move back to the country after being a "city girl" for a couple of decades. She talks about her newfound cats in her rural Michigan home, as well as her past and life with cats and a husband in general. The back cover reads like the author discovered the joys of cats late in life, but I think it is more accurate to say she rediscovered them, as her frequent remarks about her childhood attest to her long love of animals, particularly cats. I think the strongest points of the book detailed how the cats helped her through anxiety and depression. Also, she is very good at painting a picture of how animals move with her words. I particularly enjoyed how she described the banty hen and later, the cardinals. Overall, this is a good book, but not a compelling one. I had no problem setting it down and going away from it for a week while reading other things. However, although I like cats and most animals, I am not a cat person, and I think the appeal would be much greater to a real cat lover. I also felt that although the end of the book did actually end with some closures and new beginnings, it didn't feel like the end of a book so much as the end of a chapter. I received this book from the publisher for a review, but all opinions are my own.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
Scattered throughout her tales of the adventures of Kit Kat & Lucy, DuPont also shares stories of childhood pets as well as being the brief guardian of a banty hen named Alberta. Taken as a whole, this collection of memories was cute but altogether I didn't find it a flat-out laugh riot or non-stop insanely, wildly interesting. Reading it, I had a definite "guess you had to be there" feeling in my mind. I still enjoyed the stories and the reading experience as a whole but likened said experience to that little life truth of mothers generally finding their kids way more interesting than anyone else will. Dang, that sounds harsh when I say it like that but still, that's the feeling I got from a lot of this. But let me close that little criticism with a high note and say that I got a kick out of some of DuPont's pun-tastic work... such as naming Chapter 13 "My Catalyst". Thumbs up from me there! What I did particularly appreciate from DuPont's stories of her feline friends was that their combined tale does reiterate the idea that though animals can sometimes seem neurotic, requiring pet parents to get creative with our problem solving, the attention and love our critters give us make every moment of stress so worth it in the end. :-) While there are some sad scenes near the end of this memoir -- we are covering the span of many, many years here -- DuPont kindly closes on a warm scene, so while you may need a few tissues for a few pages, you can safely save the rest of the box.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Life Changing Love Lonnie DuPont's life was changed by a new relationship that brought her love, companionship, and lowered her anxiety. If you make the assumption that this is the tale of the author and her husband, Joe, you would be wrong. Instead, these life changes occurred after Lonnie and Joe adopted a stray cat, named Kit Kat. Or rather, Kit Kat adopted them. This book is an endearing collection of true stories the author experienced after a cat came to be a part of her and Joe's life. The couple had recently left the bustle of San Francisco to live in an isolated farm house in Michigan. Lonnie had been used to rubbing shoulders with large numbers of people daily. Suddenly, she found herself spending lots of time alone each day. Joe's daily one and a half hour commute left lots of uninterrupted hours of silence for the author. Then Kit Kat entered their lives, and everything changed. Kit Kat made an incredible journey of several miles in order to stay with them. This small furry animal had a definite personality, and both the DuPonts enjoyed learning Kit Kat's likes and dislikes--and she definitely had them. Lonnie reveled in the love that one little cat could give, and she shares stories of the different ways that took place. She also describes the deep affection Kit Kat and Joe develop for each other. Later, a second cat, Lucy, also chose them for her family. They had a lot of concerns about bringing another cat into their home. Lonnie shares all the things they did to make sure Kit Kat would adjust to becoming a two-cat household. The team that Kit Kat and Lucy make, along with their influence on their owner's lives, is described in a charming way. She even tells how the two cats "taught" Joe and her to play games with them. This is a sweet book about the DuPont's life after becoming cat owners. The author shares some dear stories that will touch your heart, and make you want to get a cat if you don't already have one. Adopting first one, then two cats really did change Lonnie's life, and her tales about how that happened will delight you. She also reminisces about other animals that passed through her life in her childhood, as well as, during her growing up years. All in all, this is a great book for any animal lover, and if you aren't, you may find your attitude changed after reading this book. Lonnie really pours out her heart in this memoir. The author makes a very good case that not all family members walk on two feet--some have four paws and fur! I highly recommend this 5-star book. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Kit Kat & Lucy, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kit Kat & Lucy is a sweet, at-times funny, and heartwarming memoir about author Lonnie Hull DuPont told through her many meaningful interactions with the animals in her life. Though Kit Kat and Lucy are the stars of this narrative, Lonnie discusses many different kinds of animals who have crossed her path and taught her life lessons along the way, with a theme of the healing power of animals ringing true throughout the book. Lonnie's writing jumps around a bit, often connecting several stories together in one chapter that follow a similar theme. This is often beautifully done, but is admittedly sometimes confusing and abrupt, making these stories a challenge to follow. At times the author goes on for a bit simply stating the facts about the mundane happenings pertaining to her cats' behavior, which may seem a bit dry if you are not cat-obsessed. However, she does share a few practical bits of information that may actually be of use to some cat owners who read the book. Other parts contain heartfelt, poetic interweaving of major life themes - death, loss, change, fear - told through the comforting presence of animals and nature. Overall, Kit Kat & Lucy is honest, relatable and a treat for anyone whose life has been made better because of a furry friend. I received a free copy of Kit Kat & Lucy as part of the Revell Reads program.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lonnie lived for many years in San Francisco and loved the history, hills, weather, and views. Living in the heart of the city for so long, she realizes she missed the rural lifestyle and animals where she had grownup. She and her husband, Joe, decided to move to Michigan. They bought a very old house that was quite large and they loved it. Joe, being allergic to cats, they decided not to adopt any, but one day, a stray cat latched onto Joe. Surprisingly, his allergies were not bothered by the kitty. They named her Kit Kat and she was a tortoiseshell. Joe quickly taught the kitty how to use the litterbox and a scratching post. They grew to love her so much as they learned her many quirky ways. Lonnie has always been a worrier, but she discovered that being around animals calms her. One day, a beautiful Russian blue kitten showed up at their door. Not knowing how Kit Kat would react, they knew they had to keep this beautiful little girl. They named her Lucy and after some time, Lucy and Kit Kat became good friends. The story follows the lives of Lonnie and Joe as their loving kitties become total family to them offering so much love. This is a delightful story of how kitties become so close to us and are like family members. The love they give us is unconditional and everlasting. It made me laugh and, yes, it made me cry. I hope readers will take the time to read this book. It’s like a balm for the soul. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this memoir from Netgalley, Lonnie Hull Dupont, and Fleming H. Revell Company in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me. Kit Kat and Lucy is an excellent rendering of how a critter can change your outlook, your life, simply by existing in your world. I also enjoyed the honest assessment of the OCD cat - I have had many a pet in my 67 years, each different, each individual, but all loved and an enrichment to my life. I'm sure cats, birds, chickens, fish and dogs do much more to improve the quality of our lives than we every could do for them.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The book is written in the first person by Lonnie Hull DuPont and her relationship with animals, mainly her cats, which actually found her and her husband, and we are about enter into an in-depth look at their lives. The story does begin in San Francisco and when Lonnie and her husband Joe for financial reasons need to relocate and head back to where she hails from in Michigan. They move into a money pit of an old house, but Lonnie feels she has returned to her roots, but Joe has a long commute every day to work. During this settling in time a stray cat shows up and they try to rehome her, only for her to find her way back to them, so Kit Kat has a home. Of course, life has twists and when a Russian Blue kitty shows up, and no one can take her, they end up with their second cat, Lucy. From the descriptions of these cats, I was looking up Russian Blue and wanting one, now I already have two dogs and a cat, so no I don’t need another, but it is in the file. I know that animals give unconditional love, and these little darlings are no exception, I love how they sense our feelings and sickness, and they are right by our side, she deals with depression and loss with the help of these gifts from God. This is a heart-warming book, and I for one wanted it to continue, but I had to say goodbye. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.