We’re back from our blog break for now. Our regular schedule will resume when we return from BarkWorld/MeowWorld with all kinds of awesomeness.
Out of the mountain of cat books I read every year, only a handful rise to top. They are the ones to savor late at night under the covers after a long day. During a gut-wrenching time last month, when I wasn’t sure Merlin would live another week, I sought and found solace in a little book called Toby Jug by Denis O’Connor. It’s a follow-up to his bestselling Paw Tracks In The Moonlight which I adored about the true story of his black and white Maine Coon, Toby Jug rescued as a kitten during a snow storm. The author, a retired teacher and psychologist lives in the bucolic English countryside of Northumberland with two Maine Coons. Toby Jug has long gone to kitty heaven but he continues to act as a muse for his cat dad who still misses him very much.
In Toby Jug, he recounts his adventures with his cat and other animals during the span of one year, 1969 when he lived at Owl Cottage, a charming, old stone cottage with storybook gardens. It may have been the ‘Swinging ’60s in London” but in rural England it could have easily been the 18th C. The writing style is so beguiling and transporting I don’t care if some details are likely embellished. All I know is this book brought me much needed peace and comfort at a difficult time. No matter what your state of mind, if you like a good heartfelt cat story about the human-animal bond with quiet wit, Toby Jug is for you. And don’t read this on an empty stomach, O’Connor spins bland British cooking on its ear.
Merlin gives Toby Jug his best 4 Paws rating and I’m grateful he’s still around to do his book reviews.
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FTC disclaimer: We received a review copy which in no way influenced our views. Our reviews are always unbiased.