Because it’s the giving season, CANIDAE decided to hold a comment-a-thon to benefit PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support)! I’ll give you all the important details for that below. But first, I want to tell you about a pawsome novel that should be on the bookshelf of every cat lover.
The Dalai Lama’s cat is back, which makes me so happy that I’m purring! Not actually purring, mind you, but metaphorically. I was over the moon when I received my copy of The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, because it’s a sequel to one of the best books I read in 2013.
In that first book, The Dalai Lama’s Cat, I met and fell in love with a witty, wise and mischievous feline who “had me at hello.” She’s every bit as charming in this delightful new book, which also offers pearls of Buddhist wisdom from a cat’s point of view. The principles are sprinkled so subtly throughout the book that you may not even be consciously aware of them, but they will have a lasting impact nonetheless.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring offers gentle but profound lessons about life and most importantly, happiness – where it comes from, how to be joyful not just in the moment but for a lifetime, and how to discover more of the things that make you purr. Although the Dalai Lama’s cat walks on four legs instead of two, the wisdom she uncovers through various events can be applied to all of our lives.
My only disappointment is that the Dalai Lama was absent for most of the book, having left on a trip at the start of the story and returning just a few pages from the end. I do understand the point for his absence – a valuable lesson learned – but I loved the interaction of the Dalai Lama and Little Snow Lion (his affectionate name for the cat) in the first book, and was hoping for more of that.
This is a great read that is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end. I came to care deeply about not just the central character, the Dalai Lama’s cat, but all of the others who reside in McLeod Ganj where the novel takes place. When the last page was turned, I felt satisfied that all of the loose ends were tied up but also a bit wistful; I wanted the sweet cat and her cohorts to stick around for awhile longer, because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
If you loved the first book, this sequel will be equally enchanting. If you haven’t yet read The Dalai Lama’s Cat, I suggest getting them both and reading them in order. You can enjoy one without the other, of course, but you’ll be missing out on a wonderful reading experience. And if you have cat-loving friends on your Christmas list, give them one or both of these books if you want to make them purr!
This book was sent to me by the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
For every comment received on this post (one per person, please) between now and December 27th, CANIDAE will donate one bag of their premium dog food or cat food (up to 200 bags!) to PAWS, a charity whose mission is “to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community.”
PAWS provides needed companion animal services to low-income San Franciscans, including those who are chronically ill, frail, and isolated by disease or age, so they can continue to benefit from the healing power and unconditional love of their beloved pets.
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