Today is a difficult day for me – it’s the six month anniversary of Buckley’s passing.  It’s hard to believe that six months have gone by already.  I still miss her each and every day. 

“Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher” tells the story of how one small cat changed my life in ways I  never could have imagined.  It’s the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat I met while managing a veterinary hospital.   Buckley challenged me to overcome long-held emotional patterns and taught me and everyone who came into contact with her universal lessons about opening the heart, following intuition, and living a life filled with joy.

In her memory, and to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing today, I would like to share a small excerpt from the book with you.  This is the description of our first meeting:

“I went to see Buckley for the first time. And I fell in love. Hard. And fast.

   She was a small cat, and she immediately came to the front of the cage and rubbed up against the bars. When I unlatched the door to her cage to pet her, she practically threw herself at me – something I came to call “full body love” as I got to know her better and realized that this was one of the many ways she would demonstrate her affection. This little cat loved with her entire being. It took several minutes of talking to her and petting her before I even noticed her deformed left hind leg. It bent upwards at the knee at a ninety degree angle. Our veterinarians were unable to determine whether this was a congenital birth defect, or whether it was an old injury that had never healed right. It certainly did not seem to bother her, nor did it slow her down. She barely had a limp, and she used the knee of the bent leg to push off when she ran and jumped. Her “disability” definitely was a non-issue for her – she didn’t know the meaning of the word. After a while, I didn’t notice it anymore, either. It was just part of who she was, and I was always surprised when people asked about it.”

“Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher” will be published later this year.

5 Comments on A First Peek at “Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher”

  1. Ingrid – I send you warm thoughts and good energy. Losing a beloved pet is truly one of the hardest experiences I’ve had. I miss cats who passed many years ago still.

    I look forward to reading more of Buckley’s Story!

  2. Thank you for your comments, everyone – it means a lot to me to hear from you, especially today.

    Linda, I love the W.B. Yeats quote, thank you for sharing it with me today.

    Susan, aren’t cats the best teachers when it comes to love? I’m glad you enjoyed this first peek at “Buckley’s Story”.

    Renee, thank you – today was definitely a day filled with wonderful memories.

  3. Dear Ingrid,
    What a wonderful way to honor dear Buckley’s life by sharing her story. It warms my heart to hear of her “full body love” demonstrations of affection. I have learned from my cats some very wise things about love and communication!
    I look forward to reading “Buckley’s Story”. Thank you for the first peek!

  4. Ingrid,
    I wish you a day of happy memories as you celebrate your dear Buckley’s life. I can’t wait to read more! These kinds of milestones have always been challenging for me, too. I try to keep in mind one of my favorite quotes by W.B. Yeats — “A brief parting from those dear is the worst man has to fear.”
    Warm Purrs,
    Linda Mohr at http://www.lindamohr.com

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