Genre: Non-Fiction/Pet Loss
Number of Pages: 93
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
Caralee Jardine shares a number of stories of her deceased cat, Oreo. Within this short read, there are ample examples of love, care, and a tight bond between the two.
The stories start from the first time Caralee and Oreo meet to when Oreo eventually goes up to Heaven.
It is clear through Caralee’s words that she and her cat, Oreo, had something special. They had a way of communicating and spending time together that warmed my heart. Throughout the read, there would be times of laughter and times of sorrows, but through it all, there was something in common in every story – unconditional love.
I chuckled when Caralee describes how Oreo would make even the most mundane tasks entertaining. Making the bed? Oreo loved playing within the sheets. Laundry? Oreo loved to curl into a fresh basket of clothes. Bringing in the groceries? Oreo loved to jump and play with the paper bags. Bedtime routine? Oreo loved to curl up in Caralee’s lap and listen to his favorite cat story.
Then there were times when Oreo became sick that melted my heart. When he had bathroom issues, pains, and anytime he felt off up until his last day. That last day was a rough part to read. I never owned a cat, but I have a dog who I absolutely love, and I can easily imagine the pain Caralee felt.
The bond between a pet and his/her parents is special. One that is very challenging to replace or even compare to. They are always reliant on you to take care of them, to provide entertainment, and to give them love.
Though this book is special, the reason it does not receive top marks is the writing. There were several grammatical errors, abbreviation issues, and some of the wording was confusing. At times, I also found the writing to be a bit monotone and stated more like a checklist than a story.
Overall, I enjoyed this read and it is a good reminder of the love one can have for a pet.