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I don’t keep an exact record of the number of books I read each year, but my best guess is somewhere between 150 and 200, and at least half of them are cat books. With that many books, the ones that stay with me even years after I first read them are few and far between. Gwen Cooper’s books are in that small group. Her New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey, A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wondercat, was published in 2009, followed by Love Saves the Day in 2013. In 2015, Gwen released the sequel to Homer’s Odyssey, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wondercat. All of these are the kinds of books that not only warm your heart, but actually touch your soul.
Gwen recently announced the publication of a series of short stories, Curl Up with a Cat Tale. The monthly series features humorous and heartwarming short stories about the ongoing adventures of Gwen’s feline family. I reviewed the first story in the series, I Choo-Choo-Choose You, earlier this month.
Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen is Clayton’s story. Three-legged Clayton is a special-needs rescue who quickly established himself as king of the house and has Gwen and her husband wrapped around his three little paws. One day, he teaches himself to fetch – and Gwen’s life has never been the same since.
Told in Gwen’s brilliant writing style, this story will make you laugh out loud at times as you (probably) recognize yourself in Gwen’s inability to say “no” to her adorable little boy. Humorous, but also filled with reflections about how fleeting our time with our precious cats is, this story, like all of Gwen’s writing, goes straight for the cat lover’s heart.
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