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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
These animals are Killing Me by Katrina Morgan is a light-hearted but perceptive account of day to day life for mom Katrina as she juggles all that is entailed in being a full-time parent to three, a wife, and owner of beloved but often slightly crazy pets. No two days are the same and different personalities (both human and animal), events, mishaps, opportunities and natural disasters affect one situation after another as the author retells moments that have stood out for her with great humor and honesty. From her youngest son’s first day at school, taking a reluctant cat to the vet, a skunk in the hot tub, to lost dogs and a well-deserved holiday in Mexico (what could go wrong there?), the reader will be carried along on the hilarious and entertaining family adventure.
Katrina Morgan has a talent for storytelling and finding the moral or message in just about any situation she may have found herself in. These Animals are Killing Me is a wonderfully entertaining story that had me hooked from the start and soon had me laughing out loud. Anyone who has brought up children or animals or both will detect something uncannily familiar in these 30 accounts of events and episodes. When things go wrong or anxieties and stress threaten to take over, it can be too easy to view life in a negative way. But Morgan teaches us to laugh at ourselves and realize, in amongst the busyness and coping, that it is having those we love in our lives (both human and animal varieties) that is important – and that it is important to notice and treasure the little things and moments. The stories illustrate how animals - with their focus on fun or safety, adventure or comfort - can teach us about trust, determination or acceptance. Morgan often finds she has to give up her need to control and oversee every situation too, when children or pets or husbands appear to have different agendas that can create chaos and disturb even her best laid plans.
My favorite stories were the hilarious accounts of the skunk and the hot tub, husband John’s baseball game injury horror, and the weekend of respite for Katrina when she finally gets time to herself. Most poignant and touching, though, is when Chance, the beloved and elderly cat, after a life-time of loving, teasing, annoying and entertaining his owners, reaches his end days; a time when owners realize how deeply touched their lives may have been by a pet. Funny, moving and entertaining throughout, this book reminds us to notice what matters most and, above all, to keep a sense of humor.