Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs.
With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.
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As a lifelong animal lover, I am always hesitant to read books about animals, as some of them are too much for my super soft heart. I must say I absolutely loved all three of Bob Tarte's books, and in the process, felt like I gained a friend. Bob brings a deeply empathetic voice to animals lovers everywhere. The trials and tribulations of Bob and his wife Linda and their haphazard home full of needy animals was an absolutely joy to read. Bob's hilariously dry wit, his reluctant acceptance of Linda's adoptions which become very much his own, and the process by which his heart cracks open to embrace all of the creatures in their care, bring a very real and engaging perspective. Bob shares a lot of personal history and family quirks, to which so many readers can relate. As I read the book, I kept telling my husband, "You HAVE to read this!!!" knowing that he could relate to being on the receiving end of marriage to an animal rescue fanatic. I'm grateful to know that Bob and Linda are out...
A couple weeks ago, I was home sick from work. How lucky I was to receive my copy of "Kitty Cornered" from Amazon in the mail that afternoon--best get well present I could imagine.
As he does in his previous books, Bob Tarte writes about how animals enter and enrich his life in "Kitty Cornered" The cat cast of "Kitty Cornered" is diverse, charming, and maddening. There's Agnes who plays the role of the stereotypical feline, welcoming interaction with humans on HER schedule. Beautiful Moobie with one green eye and one blue eye not only tolerates veterinary procedures but also manages to turn the experience into a way of getting extra chow. Honest Maynard is never bashful about wailing his needs; Lucy challenges Bob to design a better litter box; and Tina makes a quiet entry into the Tarte home but surprises all with her youthful exuberance. Then there's shy Frannie.
Frannie connects with the author early in the book, but her acceptance of her new home must...
You do not need to be a cat lover to enjoy this book about cats but I happen to be one so this book was extra special to me. Bob describes cat behavior better than anyone since Doreen Tovey. I loved seeing the different personalities of the cats, how they tried to handle each one according to the cats' terms. I like to check into Bob and Linda's life every so often and find out how things are in Michigan. Bob pulls you into their world so easily I found myself reading almost all night to get caught up since the last book. Linda's back, Bob's naps, repairs on their home, and how his sisters are doing, he can make us interested in seeing what some people might consider small problems but Bob and I know they are BIG. Bob Tarte is the only author I preorder and Kitty Cornered shows me I am correct in doing so.
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