Sterling’s early years are a mystery. We pick up his life in Bella Vista, a small town in northwest Arkansas. A kind man found him on an office doorstep and took him to the animal shelter. After no one had claimed him for a month, he was offered for adoption.
M was lonely after the death of her husband and was looking for a cat as company. She saw Sterling, curled up on a top shelf, observing all the cats and kittens milling below. Their eyes met. In that moment, Sterling and M knew they were meant for each other.
What breed is Sterling? “Oh, he is a Korat cat,” one person observed. Another claimed, “I have a Russian Blue cat at home, and Sterling looks just like him.” Is he perhaps a new breed? It was soon evident that Sterling had memories and fears he could not explain, and a deep need to be loved and accepted. It took many months before Sterling could believe that M was truly his friend, and that she accepted him unconditionally. Gradually, they formed a bond that lasted throughout their years together.
Sterling was a verbal cat, expecting M to answer when he spoke to her. He listened attentively to what she said, and seemed to understand what she meant. Others were amazed at their interchange. M began to write notes about what she felt Sterling was thinking and saying as he went about his daily life. Thus began the collection of sixty stories in the book, A Cat’s Eye View of Life and Love by Sterling.
Later, Sterling and M moved to North Carolina. A new cat was introduced, rejected, and finally accepted into Sterling’s life. The two cats became best friends and joined with M to form a triangle of love. Eventually, a physical condition, probably present at birth, caused problems that could not be fixed, and Sterling left this world, in peace, and deeply loved.
Sterling’s stories, and everything connected with them, were thrown in a box and shoved to the back of a closet. He was gone! Five months later, on impulse, Marta pulled out the box and began to read, all the way to the end of the book. It was as if he were there, nudging her to share his stories. And so she did. The publication date for A Cat’s Eye View of Life and Love by Sterling with Gentle Self-Help for All Ages is February 12, 2009.
Date: February 12, 2009
Co-Author: Marta Felber
A Cat's Eye View was not Sterling's
first venture into the world of writing.
Explore Sterling's first book,
The Mouse, Ling's First Picture Book.
Sterling gives us a glimpse of the world from a cat's perspective in the following stories:
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