On a late winter’s day in 1972, a kitten soon to be named Dulcy found a woman worthy to be her human. For the next 17 years, Dulcy and her human learned to communicate on a level deeper than language and to comfort one another with affectionate routines that softened the shocks of an inconstant world. (from Goodreads)
Let me begin at the end… As I start to write this book review, the only thought in my mind is: how many of my “cat-human” friends can I give this book to? Seriously. I’m creating the list right now in my mind!
When Dulcy’s human, Dee Ready, gifted me with this treasure of a book, in exchange for my honest review, I was not quite sure how readable it would be. I mean, would Dee have received Dulcy’s words, as Dulcy would desire? If not, Dulcy’s story could go quite awry, which I know Dulcy would not have appreciated. But, fortunately for Dulcy, and for all of us, Dee received the words in the manner they were intended – lovingly; and Dee gave them back to us as they were intended – lovingly. Of course this really was a given, as after all, Dulcy’s human is an “unwhiskered cat”.
Dulcy’s story is a story of love, a love that springs to life when a cat and a human choose each other, guided by a power greater than both. This is the main theme of this uniquely memorable book.
Rather than simply being a linear telling of a chronological story, “A Cat’s Life: Dulcy’s Story”, connects the reader beyond Dulcy’s life, to the life of her human, the person we know to be Dee Ready. This attests to Dee Ready’s skill of storytelling, a gift that enables her to relate Dulcy’s story, without one mention of herself by name, without any explanation as to why she and Dulcy moved or travelled as they did. No explanation was required by Dulcy, who simply trusted her human to lovingly preside over all her needs.
As a reader, I became naturally curious about Dee’s life. I found myself wanting to know why Dee and Dulcy travelled to, and lived in, different homes over the course of their years together. But, I also recognized that this story was not about Dee’s life journey, it was about Dee and Dulcy’s shared life journey. Maybe, Dee Ready will write another story, one that focuses on herself, her family, her career path, her unique life journey. All things I found myself wondering about as I followed Dulcy’s story.
I believe Dulcy and Dee have captured honest feelings, about how special the bonds between cat and human can be. In the sharing of their story, the true wonder of this special bond can be captured by those who have experienced similar relationships, and also by those who have not.
I highly recommend this book, to all who have been chosen by a cat, to be their human. I also recommend it to anyone, who would like to read about the pure essence of a shared love.
Need I even ask my question: “Where is the Joy in this Written Word”? Joy leaps out of the pages of this very precious and unique tale, of a love that lasts forever.