Based upon the CatDog TV series, this is the first in a line of chapter books that follow the adventures of the half cat/half dog character. In order to avoid the ritual pounding by the Greaser Dogs--Cliff, Lube, and Shriek--Cat concocts a plan to have Dog and Shriek fall in love. Behind Dog's back so to speak, Cat sends a love note to Shriek from a secret admirer to arrange a meeting between Dog and Shriek at a movie (The Dogfather). When this plan backfires, Cat arranges another anonymous meeting at the circus where Shriek mistakenly gets pulled up into a trapeze act, falls down on Cat (which saves her life), but spends time in the hospital. The story ends with Shriek catching on and playing the secret admirer game on Cat to entrap CatDog for another pounding. Dog (whose primary interest is eating) is completely oblivious to all of the shenanigans, while Winslow the rat enjoys seeing the Cat get his comeuppance. The black-and-white illustrations match the cartoon character quality of the story.