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Saturday, January 1, 2011

MAKING ROUNDS WITH OSCAR by David Dosa

Oscar is no ordinary cat. Usually he is very aloof to the people in the nursing home, but he maintains a close watch on those about to die. This is the true story of an amazing animal which touches everyone and teaches about death, dying, family love and companionship.
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Author’s website
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Author Interview
Other interesting sites:
Can animals predict death
Therapy dogs bring comfort to dying patients
Magazine article

4 comments:

justshellie said...

Emotional and sensitive insights to something that will affect all of us; Alzheimer/dementia. Fall in love with Oscar and learn what it means to be a patient truly loved and respected. Ask yourself and loved ones important questions.

justshellie said...

Come meet Oscar and learn what it’s like to be a loved and respected patient. Even if you don’t like cats, you will fall in love with Oscar. The journey you will travel with Oscar will lead you to questions, answers, and the labyrinth of fear and uncertainty that goes with something that will touch each one of us in one way or another, Alzheimer’s & dementia. Everyone should read this lovable and gentle look into one cat’s uncanny gift to know the unknowable.

dancingcat said...

"justshellie"'s comments are right on. Dr. Dosa learned a great deal about how having a loved one with any form of dementia affects those around them. It is so hard to let go of the person they were and accept the person that they have become.

I cared for many elderly in my family. Although I have had many cats in my lifetime, Lulu, a black and white tuxedo female, getting on in years herself, claimed the role of protector of each of these relatives as they deteriorated. She comforted them, stayed by them, calmed them and became a live "baby monitor." Whenever there was a problem, she would come to get me. In a very dog-like way, she would get my attention and run to the stairs or the hall, then back to me until "I got it" and went to help.

Like Oscar, she literally attached herself to each of these beloved relations when their time came near. It was uncanny. Now that I'm the only one left, six years after the last one passed, she seems somewhat bereft. Even with four other cats in the house, she would rather be in care-giving mode.

Perhaps I should take her to a nursing home as a therapy cat!

This is a fascinating book on many levels. Not only does Dr. Dosa explore the emotions of the families of dementia patients and Oscar's endearing quality of being at hand at the time of death, but he frankly discusses his own battle with chronic arthritis and facing his fears of eventual disabling impairment. This a book for everyone: an easy read and very thought provoking.

T and A said...

I was grateful for the non scientific insight to a medical disease, I learned alot! But the story about the cat was slow and unnecessary.