Buckley’s Story was a heartwarming story of a cat and her person.
From the author’s website:
Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier.
Buckley is diagnosed with heart disease after only two years of living with Ingrid, and caring for Buckley through her illness only deepens the bond between cat and human. Interspersed with well-researched information about cat health in general, and heart disease in particular, the author describes the challenges and rewards of managing illness in a feline companion, and ultimately helping her through the final transition. Ingrid shares both the day-to-day joys of living with a special cat as well as the profound grief that comes with losing a beloved animal companion.
Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension.
I really enjoyed reading about the connection between the author and her special kitty. Even as the story turned more serious, the link between them was wonderful. Buckley (as well as her “sister” cat Amber) was lovingly described, and I felt I got to know this sweet, energetic little tortoiseshell kitty.
I also liked looking into Ingrid King’s life as she followed a new career path, and explored alternative medicine as it applies to animals. As a normally skeptical person, I admit to an interest in Reiki and the power of energy to heal. The book briefly passed my comfort level as Ms. King consulted a (psychic) animal communicator, but it wasn’t enough to impact my enjoyment of the story.
The author’s strength isn’t as a writer (although she did a competent job with the book) but as a cat lover with a story to tell, and as an insightful person looking at the relationship between people and beloved pets.
I’d recommend this book to animal lovers willing to walk this path into illness and inspiration. Consider buying this book as a Christmas present for someone in your life that appreciates the bond between a cat and her special person.