Power of Purrs: Reflections on a Life with Cats (Paperback)

Reflections on a Life with Cats

By Gary Shiebler, Kinky Friedman (Foreword by)

Lyons Press, 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 songwriter who has worked with the likes of Patty Loveless, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Porter Wagoner, Danny Gilley, Tanya Tucker, Bryan White, Rachel Proctor, and Arlo Guthrie. 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--prompted him to write his first book, A Search for the Perfect Dog. That book went on to sell approximately 16,000 copies. Readers fell in love with A Search for the Perfect Dog and Shiebler continues to receive at least a dozen inquiries a week from fans. He lives in Fallbrook, California, with his wife, daughter, and menagerie of household pets.

Praise For Power of Purrs: Reflections on a Life with Cats

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