The Power of Purrs

Reflections on a Life with Cats

By Gary Shiebler; Kinky Friedman (Foreword by)
(Lyons Press, Paperback, 9781599213101, 160pp.)

Publication Date: May 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Few things in life can transform, empower, and enlighten our lives the way a cat can. It is a power that can be measured not only by memories and pawprints left on our hearts and souls (and carpets!), but also by the occasional welcome lap naps or an affectionate rubbing up against your ankles when you walk through the door. The Power of Purrs poignantly illuminates that special magic and takes the reader on a heartfelt and often humorous journey about loyalty, love, and how to let go.

About the Author

Gary Shiebler is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has produced and written for such country music legends as Tanya Tucker, Bobby Bare, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Merle Haggard and Porter Wagoner to name a few. 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 inspired him to write The Power of Purrs and The Power of Paws. He lives with his wife, Linda and daughter Hayden in Anza, California, with a host of critters that includes two horses, two dogs, two cats, and one cranky cockatiel.

Praise For The Power of Purrs

“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 

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