A cat's devotion is hard won but unbreakable, as anyone who has ever loved a cat will attest. True, they demonstrate their loyalty differently from dogs, but it is loyalty all the same. Each of the ten felines I have shared my home with over the last fifty years has had his or her own way of fitting into my life, as if each were the missing puzzle piece I'd been searching for.
The good luck cat of the title of this lovely and heartfelt memoir is Ting-Pei, a Korat, which in Thai means "good luck." She is brought into the Warren household by Lissa and her mom to give Lissa's retired dad a companion, one who would entertain him while the women were away at work. Ting turned out to be the perfect fit, and Lissa's father adored the little cat. In fact, all three became Ting's ardent admirers, protectors, and defenders. Ting could do no wrong, even when she did.
But good luck didn't hold out quite as long as hoped. Lissa's father became ill with heart disease, and eventually succumbed, leaving three grieving souls behind: his daughter, his wife, and his cat.