Making Rounds with Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Author: David Dosa
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401394965
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 240
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A remarkable cat. A life-changing story. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat is the story of a doctor who, at first, doesn't always listen; of the patients he serves; of their caregivers; and, most importantly, of a cat who teaches by example, embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. "Oscar has much to teach us about empathy and courage. I couldn't put it down." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "This book is a must-read. Truly, this is a story that needs to be told." --Fresh Fiction "You'll be moved." --People "This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero." --Publishers Weekly "[The] book, both touching and humorous, isn't just about Oscar. It's about listening and letting go." --USA Today

Making Rounds with Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Author: David Dosa
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 9781401323233
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 240
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A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey. They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with them--until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient's room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it's time to say good-bye. Oscar's gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand. Praise for Making Rounds With Oscar "I love this book -- Oscar has much to teach us about empathy and courage. I couldn't put it down." -Sarah Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "At its heart, Dosa's search is more about how people cope with death than Oscar's purported ability to predict it." -The Associated Press "Beautifully written, heartwarming [...] Told with profound insight and great respect for all involved, this is more than just a cat story (although it will appeal to fans of Vicki Myron's Dewey)." -Library Journal "You'll be moved." -People

Making Rounds with Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Author: David Dosa
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 1401394965
Category: Pets
Page: 240
View: 2562
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A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey. They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with them--until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient's room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it's time to say good-bye. Oscar's gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.

Making the Rounds with Oscar

The Inspirational Story of a Doctor, His Patients and a Very Special Cat
Author: David Dosa
Publisher: Headline Review
ISBN: 9780755318131
Category: Hospices (Terminal care)
Page: 248
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An otherwise ordinary cat, Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people in the Steere House nursing home are about to die. Dr. Dosa tells the stories of several patients and examines end-of-life care as it exists today.

Kitty Cornered

How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home
Author: Bob Tarte
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616201495
Category: Pets
Page: 304
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs. With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.

Final Gifts

Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Co
Author: Maggie Callanan,Patricia Kelley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451677294
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
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In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

Rethinking Children's Play


Author: Fraser Brown,Michael Patte
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 144119469X
Category: Education
Page: 172
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A thought-provoking re-examination of children's play drawing together insights and experiences across fields such as education, sociology, philosophy and psychology to encourage an inter-disciplinary approach.

Every Dog Has a Gift

True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives
Author: Rachel McPherson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110118602X
Category: Pets
Page: 272
View: 513
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BETTY WHITE on EVERY DOG HAS A GIFT: "This book gives us some specific examples of the unique therapy that dogs provide when it is needed most. Enjoy a good read, after which I’m sure you will appreciate your own dog even more.” Inspiring stories of dogs who do good. Anyone who has ever had a relationship with a dog will tell you: They want nothing more than to give love and be loved in return. In Every Dog Has a Gift, Rachel McPherson draws on her experience as the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation, the largest animal-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast, to share the amazing stories of dogs that bring hope and healing into our lives. Much has been said about the heroic roles dogs played following September 11th and Hurricane Katrina in providing support and comfort for the families and victims of these terrible tragedies, but the truth is that millions of dogs around the world are heroes every day. These therapy and service dogs (and often quite ordinary, "uncertified" dogs just like your own!) can: *serve as the perfect audience for kids who need help with practicing and improving their reading skills; *hold troubled families together; *provide a calm and centering presence for autistic children, and *help individuals who have lost the ability to walk to more easily navigate the world. Every Dog Has a Gift is a celebration of the gift that each and every dog possesses: the ability to bring the healing power of unconditional love into our lives.

Throwaway Players

The Concussion Crisis, from Pee Wee Football to the NFL
Author: Gay Culverhouse
Publisher: Behler Publications
ISBN: 1933016701
Category: Medical
Page: 152
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The underbelly of the National Football League: a rare insider's look into the world of arthritis, dementia, and suicide.

Tailored Learning

Designing the Blend That Fits
Author: Jennifer Hofmann,Nanette Miner
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
ISBN: 160728233X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 216
View: 7972
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In Tailored Learning: Design the Blend That Fits, learn about the pros and cons of various training options in the context of a detailed case study that follows a design team (you and the authors) through the development of a blended learning solution for ABC Company. From examining the organization's business goals and training needs, through considering individual objectives and managerial considerations, this real-life example walks you through the process of selecting an ideal combination of training options for a specific scenario.

Toby Jug


Author: Denis O'Connor
Publisher: Constable
ISBN: 1472111761
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
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From the bestselling author of Paw Tracks in the Moonlight comes a new adventure with Denis O?Connor and his beloved cat Toby Jug. When Denis receives a call to help an abused and starved racehorse called Lady May, he has no idea how this new bond of friendship will shape his life. Toby, Denis and Lady May?s adventures through the Northumberland countryside tells a special story filled with love, laughter and loss.

Adult Development and Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives, 6th Edition

Biopsychosocial Perspectives
Author: Susan Krauss Whitbourne,Stacey B. Whitbourne
Publisher: Wiley Global Education
ISBN: 1119299004
Category: Psychology
Page: 424
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Newly updated, Adult Development and Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives, 6th Edition incorporates material that the authors, Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Stacey B. Whitbourne, believe is essential to students understanding this rapidly-developing and fascinating field of study. This text focuses on three key themes: a multidisciplinary approach, positive images of aging, and the newest and most relevant research. Much of what students will read comes directly from Susan’s classroom teaching of the Psychology of Aging course; she continues to incorporate her day-to-day teaching of the course into the text, which keeps the material current, fresh, and engaging.

The Healthy Aging Brain

Sustaining Attachment, Attaining Wisdom
Author: Louis J. Cozolino
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393705133
Category: Medical
Page: 396
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Written by best-selling author Louis Cozolino, who has a track record of translating neuroscientific research and data into understandable and engaging prose, this book is the first to demonstrate that the brain can age and change, in a positive and healthy sense, with time. It arms therapists as well as consumers with strategies for maintaining and enhancing a healthy brain throughout their lives.

Twisted Whiskers

Solving Your Cat's Behavior Problems
Author: Pam Johnson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780895947109
Category: Reference
Page: 166
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Discusses common behavioral problems in cats and offers solutions using techniques that are in tune with a cat's natural instincts

Catify to Satisfy


Author: Jackson Galaxy,Kate Benjamin
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
ISBN: 0399176993
Category: Pets
Page: 272
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"Tried and true strategies from Catification Nation"--Cover.

Cats & Daughters

They Don't Always Come when Called
Author: Helen Brown
Publisher: Center Point Pub
ISBN: 9781611737547
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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The author opens her heart to Jonah, an adorable Siamese cat who, with her son getting married and her daughter setting off on a dangerous personal quest, is just what the household needs during a time of major change.

The Smart Parent's Guide

Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents
Author: Jennifer Trachtenberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439171899
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 336
View: 1610
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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do! “ Moms and dads need expert guidelines, especially when it comes to their kids’ health. This book reveals the inside strategies I use myself—I’m a parent, too!— to avoid critical, common blunders where it matters most: in the ER, pediatrics ward, all-night pharmacy, exam room, or any other medical hot spot for kids. These tips could save your child’s life one day. Even tomorrow.” –Dr. Jen Making health care decisions for your child can be overwhelming in this age of instant information. It’s easy to feel like you know next to nothing or way too much. Either way, you may resort to guessing instead of making smart choices. That’s why the nation’s leading health care oversight group, The Joint Commission, joined forces with Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg on this book: to help you make the right decisions, whether you’re dealing with a checkup or a full-blown crisis. The Smart Parent’s Guide will give you the information you need to manage the pediatric health care system. Dr. Jen understands the questions parents face—as a mom, she’s faced them herself. She walks you through everything: from how to choose the best ER for kids (not adults) to when to give a kid medicine (or not to) to how pediatricians care for their own children (prepare to be surprised). Her goal is your goal: to protect the health of your children. There simply is nothing more important.

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher
Author: Sue Halpern
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101616067
Category: Pets
Page: 320
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A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life. At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to. Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats


Author: Thomas Stearns Eliot,Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547248271
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical "Cats." Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler.

Wesley the Owl

The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Author: Stacey O'Brien
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416551735
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 229
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Chronicles the author's rescue of an abandoned barn owlet, from her efforts to resuscitate and raise the young owl through their nineteen years together, during which the author made key discoveries about owl behavior.