Most true animal stories will break your heart, and Buckley's Story by Ingrid King is no exception. At the same time, when pet lovers take the time and energy to share the story of their beloved animal, they're sharing the love and joy that animal brought to their life. King's book, Buckley's Story, is subtitled Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher because of the lessons the author learned in three short years from her beloved Buckley.
King first met Buckley at an animal hospital in Virginia, where she worked as office manager. The tortoiseshell cat immediately captured King's heart, and in the next year, Buckley's spirit pushed King to spread her own wings, going into business for herself. She started a business called Healing Hands, doing Reiki for animals and humans, but it took her a couple tries to make the big step of bringing Buckley home from the office, and adding it to her small family, Ingrid and her cat, Amber.
Unfortunately, Buckley had health problems, and over the next couple years, they only grew worse. But, Buckley had taught Ingrid lessons in that short period of time. One lesson involved enjoying every day, and focusing on the joy of life. So, King says, "Rather than telling the story the way it was - she had been diagnosed with a serous heart condition and had been given a poor prognosis - I choose to tell the story the way I wanted it to be: she was a happy little cat who was enjoying her life to the fullest."
Anyone who regularly reads animal books will know where Buckley's Story ends. Even so, it's always inspiring to read of the love that animals bring into lives, and the changes they cause. Ingrid King choose to tell Buckley's Story to share those lessons of day to day life, lived with joy and love.
Ingrid King's website is www.ingridking.com
Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher by Ingrid King. iUniverse, ©2009. ISBN 9781440166242 (paperback), 132p.