Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys


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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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5 Comments on No Matter What: Caring for Critters Through Hell or High Water (2023 Review)

  1. i dont know what i would do without my dogs. i dont have very many close friends anymore, i had to move back home to my home state and buy a house so that my mother could live with me over 20 yrs ago so that to take care of my mother. it was a 24/7 job. so i had no social life at all. only my dog.

  2. My cats are always my best friends and especially right now! They offer companionship, comfort, love and so much more. I grew up in a suburban Chicago apartment and we weren’t allowed pets expect birds, fish, turtles, snails and salamanders. I had all of those but, though I loved them all, you can’t hug a turtle. I have made up for not owning a cat in a big way since I’ve been an adult.

  3. I have to agree about animals being a salvation. No matter what I have gone though, cats have always been there for me.

  4. Good for you, Kelly, that you’ve found the true answer toward curing ailments, loneliness, and every
    thing else. Animals are the cure for whatever ailes you. And if you don’t have an ailment animals are just the best way to just brighten up your life and your home. I’m so happy for you, Kelly, that your life has taken a turn for the bright side of life. Good Luck and enjoy all you animal family members.

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