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For The Shelter Shop

For all you shelter retail folks looking for interesting pet-related products to sell in your shops, the product featured here may fit the bill.

For all you shelter retail folks looking for interesting pet-related products to sell in your shops, the product featured here may fit the bill.

If Cats Could Speak, the Things They Would Say...

Their lines are sleek and fluid. They want nothing more than a mousie stuffed with catnip, a warm sunspot, and a teasing feather to bat at. And no matter what they stretch for, their movements are always precise and delicate.

Little wonder that cats have inspired a book of haiku, a Japanese poetic form known for its precision and delicacy. But haikus aren’t usually so funny, or so adroit in poking affectionate fun at their subject. These haikus, however, have a great subject to poke at: the feisty feline and all of her fabulous foibles.

The author, Deborah Coates, has a wonderful grasp on the blasé attitudes and unruffled fur of her subjects. Coates is the human companion to two cats, and the poems contained in Cat Haiku are testament to her knowledge of her pets’ “issues.” For example, everyone with cats knows about the Attending-to-Personal-Matters-in-Public issue, which Coates captures perfectly in this haiku: Visitors come. They/Coo over me. Ignoring/Them, I wash my rump. And what about the issues that led to the need for that public grooming in the first place? Fresh catnip’s no fun./Now, some extremely dead mole—/That’s good to roll in.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the haiku, if you’re a fan of the kitty, you’ll dig this book. Cat Haiku is published by Warner Books and is available from major retailers for $13.95.

 

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