Power of Purrs

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Power of Purrs

Reflections on a Life with Cats

By Gary Shiebler; Kinky Friedman (Foreword by)

Lyons Press, Paperback, 9781599213101, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2008

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.

About the Author
Gary Shiebler is an award-winning singer and songwriters who has worked with the likes of Patty Loveless, Merle Haggard, Jerry Reed, Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker, Bryan White, and Arlo Guthrie, to name a few. His love for animals--especially dogs, cats, and horses--and his work as a humane educatior at the nationally recognized Helen Woodward Animal Center in southern California-- prompted him to write "The Power of Purrs" and "The Power of Paws." He lives in Fallbrook, California.

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the governor of the heart of Texas.

Praise For 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