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Buckley's Story

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"Buckley's Story" is the story of how one small cat changed the author's life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, B ...more
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Published September 25th 2009 by (first published September 1st 2009)
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Ingrid King
Oct 14, 2009 Ingrid King rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever loved a pet
I am the author of this book.

Buckley's Story is a story about the important role animals play in our lives by teaching us universal lessons about opening the heart and living a joyful life.

It's also a story about how one small cat changed my life in ways I never could have imagined.

And it's a story about how caring for a cat with a terminal illness deepens the bond between cat and human, and how to cope with losing a beloved pet.

And finally, it's a story about the soul connection between animal
Deborah Barnes
Any of us that has had the privilege of sharing the unconditional love and devotion that a pet can bring to our lives, will surely come to fall in love with Buckley, a sweet, joyful, and wise beyond her years little cat that was the inspiration for Ingrid King’s book, Buckley’s Story.

Buckley was a stray cat with a deformed left hind leg that was brought by chance into the veterinary hospital where Ingrid worked as a manager. Falling instantly in love with this inspirational feline who had no con
Have you ever not wanted to read a book at the same time you wanted to read it?

Sounds a little crazy I know, especially for the beginning of a book review. But let me explain and encourage you to read this book.

"Buckley's Story, Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher" is a book about a cat lover's journey as she watches her beloved cat's health decline. It also deals with the aftermath of losing that cherished pet and how one handles it.

This book touches on how people can and do connect with their
Haley Mathiot
Buckley’s Story by Ingrid King
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: Ingrid adopts a kitten named Buckley while she is still working in an animal hospital. Eventually, she leaves and starts her own business, as a Reiki healer, someone who transfers healing energy to a client. As cats are able to sense energy in a room or in a person, Buckley becomes her assistant healer, as she is able to sense where more energy is always needed, and Buckley becomes a healer-cat. Buckley’s story is the tail (pun i
I will say right off the bat that I am a sucker for animal stories. I love them. And so, on the one hand, I can be extremely biased toward any type of animal story. On the other, I can be more critical because I am such a fan. I knew when I agreed to read and review Buckley's Story that it would be an emotional experience for me. I too am a cat person and I have been a parent to three cats over the last almost twenty years. As author Ingrid King did, I have had to make the humane and yet agonizi ...more
Buckley's Story is a touching story, and a look at life between a cat and its master. The author first met Buckley, a tortoiseshell cat who walked with a gimp, while she was managing a Veterinary clinic. She soon fell in love with him. Originally the office greeter-cat, but when Ingrid left her job at the clinic to start her own business, Buckley came home to live with her, and her other tortoise shell cat Amber. After an initial orientation period, the two cats established their own ground rule ...more
I got this book as a first reads book. I was really excited about this book, I thought it was going to be like a cat version of Marley & Me, but it wasn't nearly as good. It had some good life lessons, like living in the moment, and Buckley seemed like an adorable, joyful kittie, but I wasn't a fan of the author's writing style, and some of her views were just weird. I've never really believed in the whole "healing energies" thing, and that seems like a large part of the author's life. The p ...more
Laura de Leon
This was a heartwarming story of a cat and her person.

I really enjoyed reading about the connection between the author and her special kitty. Even as the story turned more serious, the link between them was wonderful.

I also liked looking into Ingrid King's life as she followed a new career path, and explored alternative medicine as it applies to animals. As a normally skeptical person, I admit to an interest in Reiki and the power of energy to heal. The book briefly passed my comfort level as M
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Ms. King's relationship with not only her cat Buckley (the subject of the book), but also Amber. Being a cat owner myself, I certainly could identify with many of the descriptions of life with cats! Having faced the death of a number of my feline companions through the years, I could also share her feelings of loss. However, I do not share the new age-type spirituality woven throughout the book- thus my rating of 3. For me, that detracted from the story. I'm su ...more
I knew this book would be sad consider it deals with the death of a pet. I still wanted to read it. I had a tortoiseshell cat named teefus who died back in October. Reading about Buckley made me think of Tee alot. this was a good book. not sure I agree with all the Reki stuff but still a good read.
Alasandra Alawine
Wonderful Book very inspiring and heartwarming. This is the story of a little cat, Buckley, who lived her life to the fullest. Even though she only had three years with Ingrid and Amber she made the most of them and hopes to come back in a new body to spend more time with them.
I probably read this *way* too soon after my BearCat's medical drama, but an excellent book nonetheless.
Too bad that Buckley wasn't around much longer, but she was a great Tortie.
Lady a bit of a kook, but awesome cat story
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I'm a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. I publish the E-zine News for You and Your Pet, covering topics ranging from conscious living to holistic and alternative health. I write and edit the popular blog, The Conscious Cat, where I share information to help you consciously create a happy, healthy life for yourself and your pets. Please visit my website at for mor ...more
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