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Paw Prints in the Moonlight: The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and his Cat (Paw Tracks #1)

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A snowy January night. A cat that beat the odds. A man whose life would be forever changed. This is the remarkable story of Toby Jug, the extraordinary cat who thought he was human.

Paw Prints in the Moonlight is the truly special tale of one kind man and the cat that changed his life. Set in the rural splendor of Northumberland, England, this heartwarming and classic book
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2004)
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Luis
Mar 23, 2012 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs-cats-horses

"Paw Tracks in the Moonlight" will tug at your heart and paw at your soul. Toby Jug and Denis share a love that is otherworldly and yet so close to home.
Sharon
I really loved this delightful tale about Dennis and Toby Jug.

Who would think that a book with very little else happening apart from the relationship between a slightly eccentric character and his cat would be so interesting. A very gentle paced story that I really looked forward to picking up, and losing myself, to find out what was happening.

It very much reminded me whilst reading of Noodle. We, as a family, were living in Saudi Arabia for a 4 year posting with my husbands job. Sneak was a s
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Kerrie Sakura
Mar 13, 2012 Kerrie Sakura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often cry at books, but I wept at this one. And then I went and hugged my own cat.
It's definitely worth reading though. Toby Jug was a special cat (and like all cats would relish his story being told) who brought a lot of happiness into the world. That's what made it worth reading, for me - even though it made me sob, it's a lovely reminder that animals can't stay with us forever, but we're lucky that we get the time with them that we do.

Now, go and hug your cat.
Irena
Jan 31, 2017 Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прочетох тази книга на един дъх.
Отношенията между котката и човекът, влюбен в нейния смел, самостоятелен, неимоверно привлекателен характер не подлежат на описание. Въпреки това Денис О’Конър е успял да създаде трогателно и драматично произведение за живота си с Тоби Джъг, котарак от породата Мейн Кун. Историята започва със спасяването на котето като непрогледнало бебе и разказва за неговото превръщане в истински котарак. В това време неговият стопанин минава през терзания и тревоги с нежност, н
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Dawn
May 04, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Lovers
Shelves: biography
I liked this book because there's nothing tacky about it and there's no bad language or sex in it. It is a good, clean read. (It has given me hope that creative writing without sex or swearing in it is still published!)

The book is a bit slow in parts however. The style of writing is clear, but a little dry and boring in parts. Nevertheless there were some quirky bits and what I loved most is Denis O'Conor's tenderness for his pet, and it reveals how people long for something to fill "emotionally
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Irena Milanova
Sep 13, 2013 Irena Milanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Може да звучи ужасно пристрастно, но като потомствен коткар оценявам книжлето изцяло по сантиментално достойнство, а не по стилистично. Разплака ме на няколко пъти, разсмя ме още толкова, значи безспорно ме е докоснало по тънката струна на котколюбивата ми душица. А и без бой си признавам, че подобен род четива, които карат коткофилията ми да избуява, са ми слабост, така че... :3 *отива да намачка котарака* ❤
Devora
Feb 14, 2013 Devora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
От няколко дни си имам нов приятел – не знам как се казва, защото името му е дадено от друг и то отдавна, но аз реших да го наричам Тигър заради пухкавата му оранжева козина. Засякохме се на улицата съвсем случайно и веднага си допаднахме. После, точно както направих и с Жоро преди много години, веднага го заведох да го запозная с баба. Почудихме се се какво да го правим, защото му личи, че не е бездомник, а пък вкъщи никой не обича котки. Накрая го нахранихме и го оставихме да намери сам пътя к ...more
Christine
Aug 25, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing
I first saw this book on GoodReads as a giveaway (I did not win one). When my local library got it, my name was the first on the list. As a lifelong cat lover (as well as other animals) I could not wait to read. If you have ever had a deep bond with a cat, then you must read this book. AS I read the first page, I knew I was in trouble. I knew I could not put down until finished and I didn't. Toby Jug and Denis O'Connor will melt your heart and put great big smiles on your face. Then along the wa ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Paw Prints in the Moonlight tells the story of Toby Jug, a diminutive and charming Maine Coon cat rescued by the author as a tiny kitten, after its mother was hit by a car. From infancy, Toby Jug was an unusual cat, small but curious, cheerful, affectionate, and adventurous. His loyalty to the author was strong enough that Mr. O'Connor was able to take him on walks (usually but not always wearing a harness) and car rides. Toby Jug even accompanied the author on a horseback camping trip -- a memo ...more
Diane
Oct 25, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For animal and pet enthusiasts this is a great story. Not for those who aren't fond of animals, nature, pets. If, however, your love of animals does not extend to cats, you should give this one a try. I happen to share the author's passions for the natural world, so this was my sort of story. If you're new to this genre, be warned that there is always a heartbreaking end. Animals seldom outlive us, and when they do their fate is seldom a happy one, as they mourn our passing, as well as often fin ...more
Kimberly
Jan 30, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful. I read this whole, sweet gem, of a book with a smile on my face, through every page, every section. Any animal lover would take to this book, especially lovers of our feline friends. You will fall in love with the cat, whose name is Toby Jug. A Maine Coon breed.

The true story takes place in England, which was a treat in itself. The descriptions of the countryside, the ancient buildings and homes, the quiet fields, the ponds and streams. Written through each season Spring,
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Bobbi
Jul 22, 2016 Bobbi rated it really liked it
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Marina Nova
Няма да съм напълно обективна. Обичам котките и отношението ми към тях и изобщо животинското царство е изключително топло и дори сантиментално. В тази връзка и мнението ми за книгата е сантиментално. Да, разказът като литературно произведение не е нищо особено, но като история за спасението, приятелството и всичко между тях е затрогваща, вълнуваща и емоционална.

П. П. Всеки, който обича котките и затрогващите истории, ще оцени книжката. :)
Emma
Jul 19, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A sweet book about a man's relationship with a kitten he rescues and then keeps as a pet. However I later discovered that this is a true story. I couldn't quite understand why the author felt it necessary to write this book at all. He has some pompous and pretentious ideas about animals and nature and the descriptions of his relationship with his cat became a little uncomfortable knowing that the events were all factual. Just a bit odd. Another free Kindle read that I'm glad I didn't pay for.
Jan
May 09, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really a sweet biographical story about a man who rescues a tiny kitten and the special bond that develops between the two as Toby grows into a beautiful adult cat. It’s a really fun read for cat lovers, especially anyone with a special cat in their life. It’s cute & lighthearted. It's much lighter than what I usually read. I really enjoyed it.
Gail
Feb 26, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to my mother in the nursing home, and she enjoyed it a lot. It recounts the rescue of the kitten and his first year. The author is a British psychologist and he is very British. It is an enjoyable story especially if you are a cat person. My mother who cannot have a pet had Toby Jug for a pet as long as I was reading it to her.
Steve
Dec 23, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
A sentimental journey with a man and the cat he loves. I read it as sort-of a Christmas book, so the time of the year had a lot to do with my reaction. Don't know if Id recommend it if you're not in the mood. I'll admit, I got misty-eyed when the cat died a the end. (This isn't a spoiler because it's in the chapter headings and seems to be an obligatory scene.)
Bookindle
Jul 04, 2012 Bookindle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
I loved this book! I'm a sucker for anything about cats - and this one didn't disappoint. Toby Jug is the sweetest cat.

A lovely book to read, although I did cry my eyes out at the end. Am looking forward to reading the follow on. I just wanted to hug both my cats at the end!!
Jeanene Palmer
Jul 09, 2015 Jeanene Palmer rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written memoir of a wonderful relationship with a man and his Maine Coon miracle cat...be ready for laughs and tissues...Toby Jug was an exceptional soul...
Susan
Jan 09, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely marvelous book!! Well-written and most enjoyable story of a very special cat named Toby Jug! A must for all cat people and Anglophiles!
Ralitsa  Koleva
Dec 11, 2013 Ralitsa Koleva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others
It took me really long time to read this one, but it was really beautiful story which made me cry at the end.
Susan
Jan 08, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely marvelous book! Well-written, charming and engaging story about a very special cat named Toby Jug
Michelle Emmae
Questo libro è stata una vera sorpresa. Sono stata molto indecisa se dare 3 o 4 stelle, perchè il giusto sarebbe 3 e 1/2.
E' la storia di un'amicizia speciale quella tra Denis ed il suo gatto Toby jug.
In una notte d'inverno Denis salva un piccolo gattino nero e bianco da morte certa. Se ne occupa con amore e dedizione ed il piccolo miracolosamente si aggrappa alla vita con tenacia e sopravvive.
Inizia una storia d'amicizia in cui i comportamenti del gatto sono antropomorfizzati , ma piano piano l
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Patsy Goodsir
Nov 05, 2016 Patsy Goodsir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most delightful books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Denis O'Connor's relationship with the endearing little Toby Jug is enhanced by the most wonderful illustrations of their adventures. It is a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish and I ended up with tears on my pillow last night. Such a special relationship with this special little cat indeed deserved to be recorded and Denis has written his account so beautifully his love for Toby Jug shines through on eve ...more
Ariska
Mar 08, 2017 Ariska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet book, I am happy that I am not the only one sentimental fool. Animals make me happy , the stories of Toby Jug were similar to my stories when I tell my husband what our cat did / how our dog played during the walk / I saw play squirels. However, the last chapter made me "angry", it was unfair. I cried even after finishing the book and I had to cuddle my cat for consoling myself. I know the author loved Toby Jug very much and he wanted to share not only his love but also sorrow.
Carla
Feb 26, 2017 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats
I loved this - picked it up by accident but was enchanted by the tale of Toby Jug. It also had the unexpected after effect of helping my anxiety over my own kitties - because if Toby Jug could survive all that, my two furry idiots are probably tougher than I imagine...
Ferne
Nov 20, 2016 Ferne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written memoir of the rescue by the author of Toby-Jug, a very fine Maine Coon cat.

Kathy
Mar 21, 2017 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story of a cat and his owner and the profound love each felt for the other. I cried at the end but is still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fiulz
Lovely story about a man and his cat. Calm and slow paced but charming. The cat, Toby jug, and his owner form a strong bond that many pet owners will relate to.
G.J.
Jan 12, 2017 G.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A disappointing read. Much as I love animals and indeed books featuring animals, this rather boring book was about a man and his cat, and nothing else really. I found it slightly irritating that it was supposed to be from a young man's perspective ( in his late 20's) in the 1960's , yet you could clearly "hear" the author's voice (a much older man). It just didn't seem plausible for a young man at that time to be living such a secluded life totally devoted to his cat!
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Denis O'Connor trained as a psychologist and teacher. Throughout his career he taught in schools and lectured in colleges and universities. He is retired and lives with his wife Catherine and his two Maine Coon cats in a remote country cottage in Northumberland.
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