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Shawn Flynn spent over twenty-five years in a market-research career before he stepped away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.
Flynn and his girlfriend, Carrie, live in Enfield, Connecticut, where he takes care of several indoor and outdoor cats. He also volunteers with the local cat rescue group, Enfield Community Cat Project, and was recently appointed to be the group's marketing representative.
Reach out to Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
When a cat decided that he wanted a new home, The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him by Shawn P. Flynn begins. The male cat turned up when Shawn moved into a new house. Soon it was clear that the cat had decided that Shawn should be his new owner, and the human's life soon revolves around the needs of the cat. Which cat food does the cat like? Is the house cat-friendly enough? Unfortunately, Shawn's private life takes a downward spiral just a while after the cat turned up. Fortunately, however, the cat named Kitty helps Shawn to get through the problems and find joy in life again. It proves that cats are the better people (sometimes)!
I am currently volunteering for and living in an animal sanctuary - where we also have cats - so books like The Kitty by Shawn P. Flynn catch my attention. I love animals and love reading stories about them, too. The story of Kitty and Shawn was very moving, especially towards the end. It was also very surprising to me, and an eye-opener because I never expected such a heart-warming story to come from a man. The words and photos contained in this book definitely give me some hope for mankind - there seem to be some true male animal lovers out there. I would recommend this book to all animal lovers, not just cat lovers - but beware, the end will very likely have you in tears. I read the book in one go!
THE Kitty G8 book loved it We have fur babies everything Shawn has stated is true. Unconditional love is the best, I'm a person who thought cats had no emotion but we adopted Roxanne 13 yrs. ago that all has changed Cats are wonderful I love mine so much Shawn has written a warm loving
tribute to his fur family and YES THEY DO SAVE YOU.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I guess I could relate because when I got my first cat, I had no idea how he could steal my heart. It had very touching parts in it about the love they shared. If you love cats, I know you will love this book. It is a small book which is good because I am not much of a reader but I could not put this book down. I can't wait until Shawn Flynn writes more so I can read them. Highly recommended read.
I much enjoyed reading this book. It reminds me of finding the cats that roam my house. I recommend reading this book.
As a cat parent of long standing, I related to Shawn's beautiful story about Kitty: the unconditional love, the healing, the joys, even the heartache. I read this book in one sitting, could not put it down. Looking forward to more of Shawn's writings.
Very heartwarming book. I loved the Kitty and cannot wait for more books like this. Shawn did an excellent job writing this book. I can tell he is a major cat lover and anyone that loves cats is great by me!!!! I do not trust people that don't like cats...lol
This is the very sweet story of Shawn and the (first) stray cat he adopted, Kitty. And, as is so often the case, Shawn rescued Kitty... and Kitty rescued Shawn right back. Highly recommended.
Beautifully written from the heart! Cats are such special gentle loving creatures and Shawn's writing of Kitty's impact on his life through a difficult time proves this. A wonderful read for anyone with a heart for animals.
This is a very sweet and heartfelt story. For anyone who has ever loved an animal, you'll relate to this touching account of how an animal made an enormous difference in this man's life and changed him for the better. It was a quick and easy read and would make a great gift for an animal loving friend or for yourself. Be sure to have a box of tissues by your side ... it plucked my heart strings and its likely to pluck yours too!!
I absolutely loved this book. If your a cat person or even if your not, this is a great read. You will cry, laugh and enjoy the entire book. I couldn't put it down.
What a heart warming story! There truly is nothing like the unconditional love of our furbabies! Kitty knew Shawn saved him and through his unconditional love, he saved Shawn during a dark time in his life! Thank you Shawn for a heart warming read!
This is a heart-rending and yet uplifting story about the curative power of our cat friends. And it's essential for any animal lover or for anyone who has suffered. Unlike in John Bradshaw's "Cat Sense" or Abigail Tucker's "The Lion in the Living Room," we aren't treated to zoological or historical facts. There is no discussion of the feline mythos. We do enjoy witnessing a single cat's supernatural ability to transform a man's life. As the proud owner of a 13-year-old Ragdoll, whose resilience and friendship have carried me through many a difficult day, Flynn's journey with Kitty is eminently relatable. The truth is, cats' unconditional love keeps us going. Even when life gets us down, our cats show us how to cope. When we don't see light at the end of the tunnel, their purr tells us what really matters. And when we don't think things can get any worse - and yet they do - we know, when we look into their little eyes, that this, too, shall pass. Even if we've rescued them, cats can rescue us. This memoir is worth a couple hours of your time - if only to reinforce what we already know. Feline companionship is powerful and life changing.
I loved this sweet story. I am a crazy cat lady and have rescued 8 cats in the past 12 years. I still have 6 as 2 have crossed the rainbow bridge.
Once I started to read this lovely story, I could not stop. The author offers the reader his innermost feelings in a way that every one will be able to identify. If you've ever had a companion that has been by your side and made a lasting impression, this story will touch your heart and you'll understand the emotion.
This is Shawn Flynn’s debut novel and is an autobiographical sketch of an important time in his life when he experiences two love stories paralleling in his life. One is with his fiancee, and the other is with Kitty, a ginger Maine Coon mix. Cat lovers will be able to relate to Shawn’s observations and interactions with a cat for the first time ever. The story progresses as he experiences the ups and downs of pet ownership and grows to become a fellow cat lover of several felines.
Shawn Flynn has written a moving testament to the healing power of a feline companion (or two, or three, or...). He states in one place that he was not much of a cat person, but then marmalade Maine Coon cat Kitty entered his life and changed his world. While human relationships have become a challenge in this age of disposable everything, the uncomplicated love of a feline companion can heal emotional, psychological, and help promote the healing of physical wounds. There are those who scoff at the healing power of a pet/companion, but the simple truth is, the love and affection of an animal friend can fill all the needy little chinks in our all too human armor when the world seems like a dark and unfriendly place. Bravo to Shawn for welcoming Kitty into his home, and other feline friends, also. They've got themselves a great Dad.
A wonderfully written story that shares the love we get from the felines and how they leave their paw prints on our hearts forever. Thank you Shawn from one rescuer to another!
I received the book as a gift from a friend who knows the author. It's a nice short story about a first time cat owner learning the nuances of the feline mind while also becoming more clear about his own desires.
A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter.
I loved this book! As a person who has rescued 5 cats over the years, I fully understand the author's feelings towards Kitty. The author obviously understands the inner workings of the feline mind. I spent my entire professional career as a librarian and I know a good book when I see one. This book was written in an easy, flowing style. I highly recommend it to all cat and pet lovers.
Heart warming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!
This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability.
Excellent book!! I highly recommend it. I Couldn't put it down so luckily it was a quick and easy read. also bought the book for a friend and am planning to buy additional copies to give as Christmas gifts this year.
The book was so great I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your story with us all.
If you are a cat lover, this is a must read. It's a quick read, II read start to finish. It shows the bond between humans and their furnbabies and how intuitive our felines are. It's a wonderful example of why we should all consider adopting a cat in need.
A must for all Kitty lovers. You will smile, nod, laugh and cry right along with the author in this quick read. We all have (or had) The Kitty in our lives.
I had been planning to read Shawn's The Kitty for some time now but had never gotten around to it. Being a cat lover myself (fanatic!) it almost shames me that I took so long to read this book. From the title, I was not sure what to expect, but I had a hunch I would connect with this story.
And connect I did.
Shawn's story will strike hard at the soul of any cat lover who reads it. It's very simply written, and openly honest. Shawn holds nothing back in telling the story of how he rescued Kitty, and how Kitty then returned the favor by comforting him through difficult times.
So many people take pets for granted, both dogs and cats. I am particularly pleased that Shawn's work helps to completely shoot down the myth that cats are not loyal and not loving. What he and Kitty shared was pure love. There is no denying that.
This book is a must for any cat lover. They will understand it, feel it, and I personally feel close to Shawn after reading this book, because I've been there. All my cats have done the same for me that Kitty did for Shawn. I just never had the brains to write a book about it.
I sit here writing this review with Macy on my desk, herself a 16 year old rescue who played a similar role as Kitty, the star of The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him. We've all been there. We let a furry critter in our life as a pet only to realize that this "pet" transitions into a much loved and cherished part of the family. This is the essence of the Kitty, which is a story of Shawn's finding an orange Maine Coon already living at a home he has purchased. As Kitty stays around, Shawn discovers Kitty is becoming his best friend, standing by his side through many of life's challenges, including a painful divorce. The author does a great job of showing just how much Kitty meant to him. The most powerful and poignant parts of the book for me details how Shawn took care of Kitty as he reached the later parts of his life. Kitty even inspired Shawn to rescue three other cats that all formed part of the family. But it is Shawn's relationship with Kitty that takes center stage. The book is short and you can probably finish it within the course of an evening. My only wish for this book is that it had been a bit longer but it is a great story. I needed a book to show me good in the world after reading some heavy and depressing books. This book, about the impact a cat made on one man's life, is exactly what I needed. It is a heart warming book that will make you smile.
Shawn's touching story is a must for cat lovers of all ages! A true gem! Thanks Shawn for sharing this.
If you have ever experienced that deep,unconditional, never wavering love of a cat you will thoroughly enjoy reading this book. The bond that developed between Shawn and Kitty and the love and the respect they had for each other is heartwarming. How much Kitty effected Shawn's life in such a positive way is uplifting. From page one I was hooked. I smiled, I laughed, I cried and I did not put the book down until I read every page.
I absolutely loved this book!!
Easy reading. It goes to show you how great he is to rescue and give them such a great home and love!! I definitely recommend getting this book.
I had the privilege of meeting Shawn recently at the cat show in Auburn Ma. What a lovely, personable man. And his book, is well worth the read. You can clearly see his love for Kitty, and how Kitty became such a part of his life. It's an Everyman story, only about cats. Shawn's life story is interwoven, very skillfully with Kitty's. In fact originally Shawn wrote down the story for himself, and it was so popular with his family and friends that he decided to publish it. As a life long cat lover, I felt that Shawn had written MY story. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed!!!
I loved how u took cared of the cats and been a animal lover. The last chapter hit with emotion bc I also have a cat that is 18 years old and his name is Smokey but I also call him kitty so when ur cat had pasted away made me cry bc my cat and I have a strong bond like u and ur cats. I am 14 years old and loved the book. Have a question for u tho. How is sqeaker and gypsy doing if u still have them?
Very good. Easy to read and I totally related to his relationship with his cat.
I just read this wonderful touching story - being a cat lover myself I can relate to every written word. I am so glad that Shawn shared his story and I look forward to reading more from this new author.
Excellent book and a quick read. Very touching and high interest. Anyone who loves kitties needs to read this!
Is a must read book. The Kitty is a beautiful story that teach us,humans what is compassion.Kitty always be there for his owner during his difficult times and loves him no matter what. He just like a pillar for his owner, support him. It is a really nice story and I would like to thanks the writer, Shawn P. Flynn for sharing The Kitty with us. I really recommend this book.
I met Shawn at a Cat Show in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago. We talked about his book and I bought it. I loved it. He is definitely a cat lover and a sensitive person. His story is so moving. I could relate to him and his Kitty. Great book!! Great read !! Recommend it highly!!
i loved this book as much as a streetcat named bob! loved it from beginning to end
A wonderful, beautiful book on the love by Shawn for his Kitty and the absolute love for Shawn by Kitty. Yes it fantastic to hear their story of a fellow cat guy who continues to live with rescued cats and is active in the rescue community in his hometown. Thank you for sharing your story....thank you for the love Kitty knew to the end....
Had the pleasure of meeting Shawn at The Garden State Cat Club Show/Expo last month. Finally got a chance to read his book & could not put it down once I began reading! With each turning of the page you get more engrossed in the tale of Shawn and Kitty and need to know more. A great, heart-warming story that any cat owner can relate to, which will make you both laugh and cry.
I received this book as a gift after the death of my boy cat. It is a beautiful story and well written
I loved the story of Shawn Flynn and his four legged housemates. He perfectly captured the bond that exists between ourselves and our furry children. The love and support that Kitty and Shawn shared is relatable and unforgettable. A must read for all ages.
Just finished reading this for the second time ! !! Really enjoyed it ! Recommend it to everyone !
I have never considered myself a "cat person" -rather an animal person. But I am rethinking this after reading this heartfelt book. What a nice read that reveals that the love of our special family members makes an amazing difference. Shawn Flynn captures his story and creates a setting that enables his readers to visualize and feel the moment. His caring heart is revealed and paints a beautiful picture that genuine love does rescue us.
I purchased this book over the weekend for a friend at a book signing. Author Shawn Flynn is extremely personable, genuine, and passionate in his love for animals. In giving the book a read for myself, I could immediate relate to the detailed yet unassuming descriptions of everyday routines as well as the highs and lows of life. As Flynn describes his truly unexpected discovery of the unconditional love of a pet and our human connection, this candid writing of his own circumstances is validating on so many levels. An easy and pleasant read that I highly recommend. Also, makes a beautiful gift for any animal lover (especially of cats), foster parent, or rescuer.
Loved this book. Could not put it down after I started reading it. I work in cat rescue, and could see many similarities that we deal with also. Highly recommend it for anyone who loves cats.
Luv'd this book! It reads as if it is a personal letter - Dear _____, let me tell you what happened to me - and once you begin, you can't stop.reading until the very end. You'll hold your critters tightly after taking in this heartwarming story.
I purchased this book at a cat show where I met the author. I read the book in one sitting. I could not put the book down. The story touched me deeply. Shawn has put into words the profound connection between human and cat. Shawn's story is relatable to anyone who has ever loved and cherished a cat. I highly recommend this book for any cat lover.
A must read for cat lovers. Once I started had to read the whole thing. If you have ever loved a cat with your entire heart you really need to read it. You will understand the feelings Shawn and Kitty had for each other.
Such a heartwarming story that brought back memories for me as I had to put my cat down when he was young.
I loved this poignant true-life tale of the love between a man and his cat. Anyone who has ever had a special bond with an animal will identify with this special book.
I loved this book! The journey through his life made for an extremely good read. Everyone should read this book, falling in love with an animal, with life and with a person makes life easier. Life truly is worth living and this book shows the hurdles life throws us, and Shawn has used his love of cats to go through the hard times!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was a delight to read and really touched my heart. Shows how what you give out to a pet, you usually get back in spades. Well written and I could tell it was written from the author's heart.
WHAT A HEARTWARMING STORY! A WONDERFUL READ ~ I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL.
Loved it. Wonderful book. Highly recommend it. Identified with the part where he had to put Kitty down. Had to put our Mr Whiskers down yrs ago. I felt Shawn's pain.
Ginger Kitties always seem to know when they're needed and where..
Awesome read for anyone who has ever felt the unconditional love of a pet!
I have never considered myself a "cat person" –rather an animal person. But I am rethinking this after reading this heartfelt book. What a nice read that reveals that the love of our special family members makes an amazing difference. Shawn Flynn captures his story and creates a setting that enables his readers to visualize and feel the moment. His caring heart is revealed and paints a beautiful picture that genuine love does rescue us. I highly recommend every animal lover take the time to read!
A heart warming account of a cat who chose to live with Shawn. Their relationship subtly changed as Shawn and Kitty became best friends over time. As a long time cat owner I know how this works. The unconditional love shared with a pet is the best thing that can happen to you. I would highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to his next book as well.