I had been planning to read Shawn’s The Kitty for some time now but had never gotten around to it. Being a cat lover myself (fanatic!) it almost shames me that I took so long to read this book. From the title, I was not sure what to expect, but I had a hunch I would connect with this story.
And connect I did.
Shawn’s story will strike hard at the soul of any cat lover who reads it. It’s very simply written, and openly honest. Shawn holds nothing back in telling the story of how he rescued Kitty, and how Kitty then returned the favor by comforting him through difficult times.
So many people take pets for granted, both dogs and cats. I am particularly pleased that Shawn’s work helps to completely shoot down the myth that cats are not loyal and not loving. What he and Kitty shared was pure love. There is no denying that.
This book is a must for any cat lover. They will understand it, feel it, and I personally feel close to Shawn after reading this book, because I’ve been there. All my cats have done the same for me that Kitty did for Shawn. I just never had the brains to write a book about it.
I’m bringing you a Pawsome book that you will definitely enjoy with your family. A well written heart felt story of a family who rescued a stray cat. This story shows you how an animal can provide companionship and unconditional love in a surprising way that some people never thought possible.
Angel couldn’t wait to get started on the book called The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him written by Shawn P. Flynn.
This book would be great for families and to read to your kids. If you are interested in getting a copy of this heartwarming book The Kitty who rescued me after I rescued him follow the links below. I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!! Don’t forget to stop by the Author’s Facebook page.
I hope you will enjoy this book like we did. Would love to hear from you so before you go leave me a message too.
Angel’s Eyes -Persian
When a cat decided that he wanted a new home, The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him by Shawn P. Flynn begins. The male cat turned up when Shawn moved into a new house. Soon it was clear that the cat had decided that Shawn should be his new owner, and the human's life soon revolves around the needs of the cat. Which cat food does the cat like? Is the house cat-friendly enough? Unfortunately, Shawn's private life takes a downward spiral just a while after the cat turned up. Fortunately, however, the cat named Kitty helps Shawn to get through the problems and find joy in life again. It proves that cats are the better people (sometimes)!
I am currently volunteering for and living in an animal sanctuary - where we also have cats - so books like The Kitty by Shawn P. Flynn catch my attention. I love animals and love reading stories about them, too. The story of Kitty and Shawn was very moving, especially towards the end. It was also very surprising to me, and an eye-opener because I never expected such a heart-warming story to come from a man. The words and photos contained in this book definitely give me some hope for mankind - there seem to be some true male animal lovers out there. I would recommend this book to all animal lovers, not just cat lovers - but beware, the end will very likely have you in tears. I read the book in one go!
Meeting Local Authors/Companion Animals
Yesterday I ran down to Blue Umbrella Books to meet local (Enfield, CT) author Shawn Flynn whose book THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him was added to my local authors bookshelf a couple of weeks ago. I enjoyed the book, his account of moving to a new home where a marmalade cat with big green eyes greeted him and soon became his companion through thick and thin.
It's long been known in the medical and psychology fields that companion animals are quite powerful in their ability to help heal and manage emotional, psychological, and even physical injuries and wounds. Nursing homes have been bringing in cats and dogs as therapy animals for some time now. How does it work? An animal is far less complicated than a human being. Animals do not carry with them all the emotional baggage we human beings do. They love unconditionally. They are affectionate and outgoing, quiet, soothing, undemanding. They listen without judgment or overlaying their own experiences and opinions on top of what you may be suffering. They keep their mouths shut and just offer a very simple type of love that reaches deep into the human heart and psyche and asks for nothing in return. We all need that kind of good medicine in our hectic, crazy, self-centered lives where our brains have been trained to argue and disagree with our fellow human beings because we are always right and everyone else is wrong. We're too quick to give harsh or snappy responses. We have lost the ability to keep out mouths shut and think things through, to look at something from another person's point of view. We inflict psychological and emotional wounds upon one another with careless abandon.
Dogs, cats, birds, snakes, hamsters, fish, horses- whatever our companion animal, reptile, amphibian, avian companion may be- there is no backtalk, no coarse or reckless remarks, no verbal barbs or assaults. There is quiet listening only.
I enjoyed THE KITTY because I work as a medical secretary and often write the letters requesting permission for patients to keep a companion animal in their apartment when pets are not normally allowed. I have researched the topic and have a saved copy of a letter in regards to companion/therapy/emotional support animals in my computer that just needs to have a patient's name and type of companion animal added to it.
I do, quite passionately, believe in the ability of companion animals having the ability to make life better. Any pet owner would also agree. A pet brings great comfort in times of emotional upheaval, personal tragedy, times of anxiety and during illness and injury. I recently injured my shoulder and Revere was a great comfort to me. I was not comfortable lying down, sitting in a chair...basically in a lot of pain with no respite from it as I am limited due to multiple allergies as for pain relievers I can take and anti-inflammatories I can use. Revere laid down beside me and purred when I was in bed trying hard to find a comfortable position for my left arm that I could not even move, which also caused me a tremendous amount of anxiety since nothing like that had ever happened to me before- the near total loss of function of a limb. When I was sitting in the recliner he sat on my lap and tried several times to lie across my injured shoulder but I couldn't tolerate his weight on that joint where the injury was located.
During yesterday's presentation Shawn Flynn read from a list of things a cat's purr can heal- and one of them is physical injury. The purr is both soothing, plus the vibrations produced when a cat purrs can cause the physical body to jumpstart the healing process. It promotes healing- therefore, my cat was trying to heal my injury, not just lying across my chest trying to soothe me.
If you have a bookstore in your city and town that hosts author events I strongly urge you to take an hour or so of your time and go to listen to the author's presentation. An author of fiction writes out of their own imagination most times, but many topics are drawn from real life and the author often has some insight into things that may be enlightening. An author who writes about real life experiences that have changed their lives may have something to say that would be of interest to you. Shawn Flynn has a life changing experience to share, but he's also done the research on companion animals and shares that knowledge with the audience and readers. Those of us in attendance yesterday were able to validate our own experiences with the companion animals in our own lives, where they were past or present.
The other asset to meeting local authors is that you are supporting their work, and supporting your local bookstores/businesses, something that helps your community instead of further lining the pockets of the big box stores and online merchants where you are just a credit card number. You gain a personal experience by connecting to a real person. As an author, I know from experience that meeting people in the community often opens new doors and windows in my imagination and in the whole scheme of life in general. Writer's are like therapists, they enjoy listening to your stories because it gives them the ability to make their fictional characters speak more realistically.
Therefore, please excuse me now, I am going to go give Riley Beans and Revere a cuddle before we go house hunting with Kelly this afternoon. Did the household shopping this morning so my shoulder is a little aggravated...maybe I'll encourage my lighter weight Beans to lie across that shoulder for some healing time!
In the meantime, check out Shawn Flynn's book, THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him. It's available to order from Blue Umbrella Books in Westfield, MA (413-579-5383) and on Amazon.com. I'm sure it's also available at Book Club Bookstore and more in Broad Brook, CT as well, unfortunately I do not have their new address or their telephone number, but that can be found easily enough with an internet search. Shawn also sells his books at events that help raise money for local animal shelters, donating a part of the proceeds to whatever shelter/ homeless pet project that is hosting the event. Please help support these shelters and homeless pet projects who are often overwhelmed with unwanted kittens, cats, dogs, or animals whose owners have passed away or can no longer care for them. Adopt a companion and live a happier, healthier life for it!
Also this week at Blue Umbrella Books, local author Shawn Flynn will discuss the memoir, THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him, on March 11 from 11 a.m. to noon. "The heartwarming story reveals how the pets we love sometimes turn around and care for us," said Martin. "Offering moving insights into the powerful love our four-legged companions offer us, THE KITTY is a must-read for anyone who has ever needed a true friend. As Shawn discovers, sometimes we don't even realize we need to be rescued - until we are."
Signed books will be available after the lecture.
Cat Fanciers’ Federation is proud to present its annual “Peace, Love, & Cats” Allbreed Cat Show from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at the Horgan Arena in Auburn, MA. This event will feature judging of mixed-breed household pets along with purebred cats including the Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Persian, Maine Coon, Scottish Fold, Exotic Shorthair, and more. Spectators can also vote for their favorite cat.
You don’t have to be a fancy feline to enter our shows! Several animal rescue groups with adoptable cats will be there to raise money. Take a chance on our raffle tables, and buy some locally made crafts and items from vendors in the New England area. Meet Robin A.F. Olson, award-winning author of the blog “Covered in Cat Hair and founder of Kitten Associates cat rescue in Connecticut. Robin will also be a guest judge for our household pet class, along with MaryEllen Richards from Willy’s Kitty Angels Rescue.
Hear author Shawn Flynn discuss his inspiration for his book “The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him” on Saturday. Visit with Mowgli, an amazing tripod cat rescued by Forgotten Felines of Maine.
Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for kids 5+, seniors, veterans; free for kids under 5.
The Cat Fanciers’ Federation is a 501c7 not-for-profit organization and is one of the oldest feline registries in the United States. For more information, see tinyurl.com/cffcatshows
Good things come in threes. “Peace, Love and Cats” is the theme of the third annual Cat Fanciers’ Federation All-Breed Cat Show at the Horgan Skating Arena in Auburn May 20 and 21. Mixed-breed household pets will be judged all day Saturday and Sunday along with purebred cats, including Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Persian, Maine Coon, Scottish Fold and more. Special guests include Robin A.F. Olson, award-winning author of the blog “Covered in Cat Hair” and founder of Kitten Associates cat rescue in Connecticut; author Shawn Flynn (“The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him”); MaryEllen Richards from Willy’s Kitty Angels; and Mowgli, an amazing tripod kitty rescued by Forgotten Felines of Maine. Several animal rescue groups will be at the show with adoptable cats, and vendors will have various items for pets and humans.
Shawn Flynn is the author of The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him, a current finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards. It tells the story of Shawn’s newfound best friend and support in a large orange community cat, who he met after purchasing a house with his fiancee in Enfield, CT. To the couple’s surprise, the house came with several outdoor cats who hung around the property, one of them being Kitty—and on the day Shawn moved in, he found Kitty sitting on the front porch as if waiting for him to come home! Kitty became a central fixture in Shawn’s life, helping him through some difficult personal times. The book serves as a thank-you to Kitty for his presence in Shawn’s life.
Please join us at the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm and meet Shawn Flynn, author of The Kitty Who Rescued Me, After I Rescued Him.
Flynn spent over twenty-five years in a market-research career before he stepped away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.
All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for this program, please visit the Circulation Desk, or call 860-763-7512. For more information on library events, please visit our website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Sigmund Freud said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Albert Schweitzer said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life, music and cats.” The French poet and philosopher, Anatole France, said, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” The mutual healing relationship between humans and their animal companions is an age old story, but my guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Shawn Flynn, tells this story anew from the perspective of a modern career professional and how his life was forever changed by a beautiful Maine Coon cat named, “Kitty.”
Shawn spent more than twenty-five years in a market-research career before he stepped away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued. Shawn and his girlfriend, Carrie, live in Enfield, Connecticut, where he takes care of several indoor and outdoor cats. He also volunteers with the local cat rescue group, Enfield Community Cat Project, and was recently designated as the group’s marketing representative. He joins me to discuss his book, THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him.
Shawn P. Flynn, author of "The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him" (Abbe Road, $9.95), will talk about his book about a stray cat that provided love, companionship and healing when Flynn's life took an unexpected turn. Flynn is a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards "Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction" category. He also will give a free talk on June 14 at 7 p.m. at Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle St., Enfield. (Information: 860-763-7510.)