The Art of Purring Book Review and a Comment-a-thon!

By Julia Williams

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.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, which will help lots of hungry kitties and doggies enjoy some really tasty and nutritious CANIDAE pet food in the New Year! Also, please subscribe to the RPO blog so you won’t miss any of our great articles. We offer a nice mix of informative articles on pet care, humor posts, fun quizzes, uplifting stories, interviews with extraordinary animals, and so much more!

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203 thoughts on “The Art of Purring Book Review and a Comment-a-thon!

  1. Thanks for the review on The Art of Purring. Can’t wait to read it, but first The Dalai Lama’s Cat. Thanks so much to CANIDAE for helping out PAWS too!!

  2. Thank you for your generosity to PAWS. From personal experience, I can tell you that the bond between a person and pet is something that is special and unique. I couldn’t imagine being without any of my pets when I’m healthy, but even more so if I was ill in any way. PAWS keeps people and their pets together in times of need like this by providing care and food, and CANIDAE, you are doing a wonderful thing by helping with such a generous food donation. I have purchased your products for my doggies and I know you provide quality in your ingredients so it’s not “just” food, but it is GOOD food. Bless you.

  3. Looks like a really cute book.
    And thank you for thinking of PAWS!
    It is a terrific organization that does just so much good for pets and people!

  4. I get to spend the holidays with Guido! I’m so excited! This is such a great idea that goes toward a great organization! Merry Christmas!

  5. I loved both these books! I’ve read them several times.
    Thank you for taking care of the shelter animals, you all are the best!!!
    Happy Holidays.

  6. I hope Canidae has a lot of cat-food ready, considering the number of comments here. This is a wonderful Christmas gift to needy felines. Have a happy Yuletide and a peaceful new year!

  7. The first book, Dali Lama’s Cat, is one of my favorite books and I recommend it all the time! Can’t wait to read the second. I am not familiar with Canadae, but I love what they are doing!

  8. These books sound incredibly awesome…They sound perfect for a friend of mine who just had to put her kitty to sleep today :( Thanks so much to Canidae who is providing all this food to PAWS, a wonderful charity organization..they do such wonderful work. Canidae is awesome food..I fed it to my dogs for years, until they both needed to go on prescription food! Thanks again Canidae for all that you do.

  9. Mans friend the kitten
    Lives nine lives.
    Man one, three score and ten.
    Man claims the ownership of earth,
    Of every glebe and glen.
    What modest claims do kittens make?
    The ownership of men.

  10. Merry Christmas and a special thank you to all those dedicated to rescuing and caring for and adopting our furry friends. God has a special place for your in heaven.

  11. I am now an official fan of Canidae for nourishing the companion animals of low-income and disabled PAWS clients! Great work!! I also had no idea the Dalai Lama has a cat, what a great sounding book! I’ll have to check it out.

  12. Oh Hai! I am a kitteh who looks just like this! Mai name is Buddha, or Bhu for short. Mai mom sez we can help feed lots of kittehs if we make a comment. I will try to send more furrends over to make even more comments so kittehs can eat! xxoo

  13. Not only a generous donation ,but wonderfully healthy food for shelter animals. Thank you for this Christmas spirit for the fur babies.

  14. Mom always enjoys a good book, but we aren’t so sure we want her snuggling up with cats:)

    Great cause from Canidae – good luck with your commentathon.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  15. The books sound great. I will remember to put them on my “to look for” list. Canidae is doing a wonderful thing with this comment-a-thon. I hope you get lots and lots of comments.

  16. What a brilliant commentathon! And thank you for the review and info about the sequel to the Dalai Llama’s Cat! Take care

  17. This sounds like a book for my sister-in-law. She has 5 kitties. As far as Canidae is concerned my pups enjoy the canned food very much.

  18. Pawesome!

    Woo KNOW I’m all about anything purry!!!!

    Best wishes fur more food fur those khanines and khats in need –


  19. The cat books sound very interesting and I would certainly like to read those. Good luck on the comments.

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  20. Great idea! We know all those animals will appreciate it as will all the volunteers who help them!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  21. Oh! We love a good book and especially one that has a happy end!! We also love it when needy kitties and doggies get food! Thank you for this!! We don’t care if it is food for dogs or cats (we are dogs and cats in our house)…just that no one goes hungry!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!
    Tiny, Ellwood, Ginger, Elioth and Chouchou

  22. Happiest of Holidays to everyone and much success in the coming year. Lots of love and gentleness for all dogs…and ahem….CATS! :))))

  23. This sounds like a book I need to check out. Thanks for the information, and most importantly, for donating food for animals.

  24. What a wonderful idea. Paws up from me. I was a rescue and now I live with my forever family. I love them and nd they love me.

  25. Great! Now I have to go out and buy two more books (since I don’t have the first book)! Thanks Julia! LOL Always looking for good reads, and this one sounds great!

  26. Oh tank you so muchlies Canidae fur da halp you is givings to PAWS! Mommy gots to takes a tour of PAWS when she in San Furrancisco and she say is jus meowvalous da necessary yet often furgotten work dey does fur people in needs. <3

  27. Is that really the Dalai Lama’s cat? It sounds like a wonderful book cos TW is a big fan of the Dalai Lama. Wish I’d thought of that book cos I know someone who prolly would’ve liked it for Christmas.

  28. Sounds like a delightful pair of books. Sounds like I have two new additions on my ‘Want to read’ list!

    And what a fabulous way to help the animals at PAWS as well!!!!

    Thank you for that!

  29. What a wonderful sounding book! I love listening to my kitties’ purr songs. I will be sure and look for the book, and I thank you so much for your generous donation to help P.A.W.S.

  30. I still haven’t read the first one, but I have put both on my short list of to-be-read books. Thanks for this most generous comment-athon!! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  31. Please leave lots of comments for PAWS. They are a great organization and Thank You CANIDAE for helping them out this Holiday Season.

  32. Thank you for the review! I haven’t yet read The Dalai Lama’s Cat, but it’s been on my “buy” list for a while. So I think I’ll have to treat myself this holiday and get both!

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate. Here’s to a successful commentathon and a fantastic new year. :-)

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