Friday, July 19, 2013
Cat Chat Presents A Book Review: A Forever Home For Athena by Marie Symeou
Hi everyone it's Cody! I thought that since I am a rescue cat, that it is only fitting that I present the book: A Forever Home For Athena by Marie Symeou to you.
I was just a little guy when Mom adopted me, I was probably around the same age as Athena was when she found her furever home.
Being a rescue cat isn't easy. When Mom and I sat down to read Athena's story, it brought back vivid memories for me. Being scared, wanting a home and a Mom of my own. Wondering what happened to my brother and sister. It made me remember the foster home that I was in with my wonderful and loving foster mother. I remember people walking by my cage at adoption events and my two siblings receiving more attention than me! Even Mom had them as HER first adoption choices but neither of them liked her. Only I did! It reminded me of how often we rescue kitties have to turn the "cute" into overdrive in order to be noticed!
It made me sad when I read that Athena and her sister, Lily, were cast aside like trash. Their Mama had died, they were starving, frightened and leery of humans. They didn't know what was to become of them. They found themselves in a shelter full of scary sounds and smells, hoping upon hope that SOME of the humans who came and visited would one day take them away and give them a special home of their own. There were some evil humans that visited that had "black lights" around them that Athena prayed would NOT take her away!
Athena sweetly and accurately describes what rescue kittens (and cats) are thinking and saying from when they are abandoned, until , if they are lucky, they find their furever home. She shares her fears, hopes and insight as to what it is like being a rescue kitty, and what it is like to live with the constant fear that even if she is adopted, will she be abandoned again?
Mom said it didn't surprise her that Athena is so wise. The name Athena is a Greek baby name and it means The Goddess of Wisdom. In fact, Mom said that she first began reading Athena's Mom's blog, because of two things.
1. Mom minored in Philosophy in college (she isn't as clueless as she appears) and she was familiar with the meaning of the name Athena, she knew that Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom, it intrigued her to find a cat on a blog with that name.
2. Mom has a "thing" for Tabbies (don'tcha know!?) My Grandpa Bobo was a tabby, and just what do you think that yours truly is?
A Forever Home for Athena is a sweet, touching and fast-read (only 49 pages) that anyone who has ever rescued/adopted a cat will be able to relate to. Kitties? You will appreciate it as well! Have your Mom/human/2-legger whatever you call them, pick up a copy by clicking here.
Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to 3 different animal charities.
FROM THE AUTHOR: Adopting the beautiful tabby kitten I have named Athena was the best day of my life and I wanted to share our story with others, mainly to raise awareness and the importance of adopting a pet from an animal shelter, rather than buying one from a breeder.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marie Symeou is an author, cat blogger, animal healer and animal rights advocate. Visit her at www.mariesymeou.com and her blogs, www.purrsfulloflove.com and www.catgoddessathena.blogspot.com
Mom and I were not compensated for this review. All opinions are our own. We were sent a complimentary copy by Marie Symeou to read and review.