Cleo : the cat who mended a family / Helen Brown
Book | Citadel Press | 2010

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292 pages ; 21 cm
"'We're just going to look.' Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend's new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin. When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn't keep her--until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son's smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed. Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen's family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most"--Cover, p. 4.
Choice -- A name -- Loss -- The intruder -- Trust -- Awakening -- Taming the beast -- Healer -- Goddess -- Resuscitation -- Compassion -- Huntress -- Letting go -- Observer -- Indulgence -- Replacement -- Rebirth -- Risk -- Resilience -- Openness -- The kiss -- Exposure -- Respect -- People and places -- Freedom -- Witch's cat -- Absence -- Patience -- Missing -- Purr power -- Connection -- Forgiveness -- Conversion -- Tough vet, soft vet -- Renewal.
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