Review: No Matter What: Caring for Critters Through Hell or High Water

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No Matter What is the fourth installment in Kelly Meister Yetter’s series of memoirs about her life with an assortment of critters, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, donkeys and ducks.

The author spent much of her life in darkness following childhood abuse, and the resulting depression led her to often isolate herself from other humans. Animals turned out to be her salvation: spending time around animals, and helping them, contributed to the healing of old childhood wounds.

In this book, Kelly gives the reader another look into her life. From rescuing baby racoons to helping an injured red tailed hawk to caring for her own animals, Kelly’s life is never dull and often challenging. She also shares stories about helping a local animal rescue organization raise money and going undercover at a pet crematorium.

Meister’s stories will make you smile, laugh, cry and nod your head in recognition.

For me, the central theme of this book was how the loss of Junebug, Kelly’s “love of my life” cat, and the devastating grief that followed affected her. Kelly’s struggle with watching her beloved cat’s decline and ultimately having to say good bye will be all too familiar for readers who have lost their soulmate cats, and while some of those passages are hard to read, they also offer comfort.

Ultimately, No Matter What is a celebration of the many ways the “critters” in our lives enrich our lives.

No Matter What is available from Amazon.

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Sunday Quotes: The Messy Middle

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I would guess that most of us were pretty happy to say goodbye to 2020. However, given how 2021 started, right now it’s hard not to wonder whether this year will really be that much better, which is why it’s more important than ever to hone our coping skills and learn new ones.

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Mews and Nips: Two Rescued Kittens Become Best Friends

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Two kittens rescued separately ended up at the same shelter in New York, and became best friends when Jess Thoren, a fosterer from KittenBnB in New Jersey, took them home. Jess had come to the shelter to rescue another litter of kittens and just knew she had to take little Frankie home as well. Two weeks younger than the other kittens, he quickly became a part of the family, but became particularly close to Dracula, a little black kitten. For more about Frankie and his friends, visit LoveMeow.com.

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