Speedy Anderson

“As with all of the Anderson’s works, Angel Cats goes beyond being a collection of warm stories. The messages inherent in this work are ones of personal spiritual recognition and growth.”
--Sally Rosenthal, “The Animals’ Bookshelf,”
Best Friends Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2004

                 Cuddles Anderson

“As a believer and one who lives the message, my heart was touched by Angel Cats. I have long realized that it is not an accident that three-quarters of our lifeline is feline. So read, laugh, cry, and become a more complete human being through the angel cats and the lifeline they provide.”
--Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of
365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Love, Medicine & Miracles

“In Angel Cats, it is not the ‘fog’ but the ‘love’ that comes in on little cat feet. What a delightful collection of stories! There are stories here that warm the heart and that set the soul to pondering: hmmm, are those wings I see in dreamlike wisps coming off of my cat’s shoulders? After you finish these stories, you won’t have to wonder anymore – you’ll be convinced. Thank you, thank you, Allen and Linda, for continuing to remind us of our spirit connection to animals.”
--Susan Chernak McElroy, author of
All My Relations and Animals As Teachers and Healers

“As with all of the Anderson’s works, Angel Cats goes beyond being a collection of warm stories. The messages inherent in this work are ones of personal spiritual recognition and growth.”
--Sally Rosenthal, “Counting Blessings,” “The Animals’ Bookshelf,”
Best Friends Magazine, Nov./Dec. 200

“How wonderful that cats are finally being recognized as the excellent caregivers, companions, and guardians of the human species. And how perfectly presented in this recognition, through the skill and compassion of Allen and Linda Anderson. Once again, in their dedication to the animals who bless our lives, they have crafted a beautiful volume to be kept close at hand for inspiration and to be shared with everyone.”
--Rita Reynolds, author of
Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach us about Death, Dying, and Beyond

“The engaging true stories in Angel Cats support a shift in perspective taking place around the world. More and more people are discovering that animals are not inferior. . . but are instead highly intelligent, spiritually evolved, and genuinely altruistic beings.”
--Marta Williams, biologist, animal communicator, and author of
Learning Their Language

“The Andersons have captured with warmth and love the majesty of cats through stories of the familiar and the extraordinary.”
--Jennifer Conrad, DVM, director and founder of the Paw Project

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Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort

By Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Cats:
Divine Messengers of Comfort

Excerpts from Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort by Allen and Linda Anderson. Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Chapter One:
Is Life Better When We Curl Up Together?
One Lucky Cat -- Donna Francis

My Mother's Cat -- Renie Burghardt

Harley, the Cat Who Changed a Facility into a Home -- Margie Broadrick

The Persistent Princess -- Christina Louise Dicker

The Most Remarkable Gift -- Carole S. Cahill

The Comfort of Cameo -- Toni Eames

Ask Cuddles

Chapter Two:
Do We Get Help to Heal Life's Scratches?
God's Kitty Heart Specialists -- Carol Smith

The Cat Who Made Amends -- Carol L. Skolnick

Nurse Melanie -- Julie Ann Mock

The Presence of Willie -- Judith A. Morris

The Kinky Cat Who Chose Me -- Graceann Maciolek

A Loyal Friend until the End -- Ms. Anastasia Lynn Baima, A.S.

Lil Mama and Her Kittens -- Patty Hall Laswick

Ask Cuddles

Chapter Three:
 Were We Meant to Play with Our Littermates?
Major-League Assistance from "The Sisters" -- Brian McRae

Muse of Mirth -- Kevin Cole

Living with a Dickens -- Judith A. Morris

This Candy Is Reserved for Cats -- Sue Stange

Bam Bam Helped Me Pack for My Vacation -- Darby Davis

A Place at the Table -- Jenny Carlson

Cat's Hair -- Pamela V. Brown

Ask Cuddles

Chapter Four:
 Are Cats Mirrors of the Soul?
My Patient and My Healer -- Laurie Crawford Stone

The Music of Forever Love -- Beverly F. Walker

Tough Guy -- Pamela Jenkins

A Morning Home Alone -- Tim Bellows

A Life Lesson from Two Cats -- Bettine Clemen

Hocus and a World of Ordinary Miracles -- Sally Rosenthal

Ask Cuddles

Chapter Five:
 Will We Hear the Sound of a Heavenly Purr?
The Man Who Got His Purr Back -- Tim Miejan

Tigger Purrs a Love Song to God -- Carole Punt

Bears Are No Match for KittyBaby -- Nancy Strand

Pete's in Heaven -- Niki Behrikis Shanahan

Anna's Three Angels  -- Judith E. Roberson

Mina Goes To the Light -- Lee Crowe



About Allen and Linda Anderson

Excerpt from Angel Cats by Allen and Linda Anderson


Stately, kindly, lordly friend,

Here to sit by me, and turn

Glorious eyes, love's lustrous mead,

On the golden page I read.

"To a Cat,"
By Algernon Charles Swinburne

With velvet paws tucked serenely under his rhythmically purring body, an Angel Cat breathes sighs of contentment. Stretched out on the cushioned window seat in languorous repose, he gazes outdoors to watch birds and squirrels scurrying around in an attempt to entertain him. Then he turns away from the window and patiently scans his territory, where he spies an empty lap. Majestic as a prince, he rises and glides away from the window. Sauntering across the room, he prepares to take possession of the inviting thighs. He sits on the floor nearby with ears perked up expectantly and gazes intently at the lap, flicking his tail from side to side. Then he turns his head away as if indifferent to its allure. Suddenly, with the grace of a gazelle, he springs forward from his hind feet and leaps onto his rightful throne.

Confidently, his paws knead the lap as if it were made of yeasty dough that will rise into a soft pillow underneath him. The Angel Cat arches his back, twitches his whiskers, and gazes with lustrous eyes into the human's face. Within seconds, he closes his eyelids and luxuriates in the touch of fingers that lovingly caress his silky fur and rub his fuzzy cheeks. When the fingers stroke his face, his raspy pink tongue licks them gently, as if to congratulate them on having found their purpose in life. The soothing purr of this charming companion makes the human's cares and concerns float away on waves of vibrating sound.

When the petting is over, the Angel Cat rests. His front legs curl possessively around the human's knee, and his claws retract into the spongy pads of his paws. Immersing himself in the moment, he settles into a Zen-like, meditative state.

For a tranquil minute, or maybe an hour, the cat awaits a tolling bell that only he can hear. It emanates from the mysterious cat consciousness that will announce when these peaceful moments must come to an end. Without a shred of regret, he silently leaps back onto the floor. Then he turns his head, nods, and solemnly winks at the person with whom he has shared this intimate respite. With soulful eyes and the detachment of a Buddha, the Angel Cat telegraphs a message that, as enjoyable as this moment in eternity has been, he has no need to cling to the exchange of pleasure. His friend's hands rest, lonely as winter tree branches, on the still-warm lap that no other earthly creature can fill as completely or sincerely.

Excerpt from Angel Cats by Allen and Linda Anderson.

God's Kitty Heart Specialists
Carol Smith, Saco, Maine

One foggy, rainy October day in 1992, I was walking along a beach road near my house and enjoying the crisp autumn air. Many of the summer vacation homes were closed for the season. With no other activity to draw my attention, I began to watch a black cat who seemed to be trying to keep her baby from running into the road. While she was herding her kitten, the mother cat was also chasing a bird. I chuckled at what this mother cat had in common with all human mothers I know. It is quite a task to protect your young while carrying out family responsibilities.

When I came closer to the cats, I realized by seeing their scruffy coats and thin bodies that they were in trouble. I asked neighbors about them. People told me these cats had been in the vicinity for a few days. All the while, the nursing mother cat had been desperately attempting to provide food for her baby.

I looked for more of this mother's kittens, but I didn't see any. Sensing that the creatures wouldn't survive much longer under these conditions, I scooped up the two orphans and brought them home with me. Little did I know that they would someday return the favor and contribute a crucial element to my health and well-being.

I named the cats Molly and Miss Minnie. After I fed Mother Molly, who was only about six months old, she was able to better care for both her daughter and herself. This mother and daughter had a special relationship, yet they also had distinct personalities. From the moment when I first picked her up, Molly started to purr. Miss Minnie, tiny enough to fit into my shoe, didn't learn to purr for several months. The two cats seemed happy to be together. They played often, and Molly washed Miss Minnie and herself for a good part of the day.

A few years after Molly and Miss Minnie had come to live with me, Molly started a strange new routine: Each night, she awakened me from a sound sleep. When I awoke, I'd notice that my heart was racing and my blood pressure and pulse were soaring.

I decided to see a doctor about my health, but even with prescribed medication I continued to feel poorly. On a few occasions, I passed out during the day; upon returning to consciousness, I found Molly licking my nose to awaken me. Molly continued to nurse me in this way as I went on with my busy life.

At one point, I noticed that Molly began to sleep closer to my head at night. I was sometimes awakened by her whiskers tickling my face as she brushed my cheeks and listened to my breathing. I'd roll over and go back to sleep, only to have Molly awaken me with her whiskers again. Around then, I began to take a new medication. When it began to help with my heart condition, Molly stopped waking me up at night, and I slept peacefully for many years.

Miss Minnie grew into a lovely, bushy-tailed, gray-and-black-striped coon cat with double paws. She looked much like her mother, although Molly was mostly black with a little white. Miss Minnie was not the kind of cat who would cuddle with me. In fact, after she was spayed she became aloof and self-centered.

I was surprised, then, when Miss Minnie started to change her standoffish ways. In the fall of 1997, when she was about five years old, Miss Minnie started to awaken me during the night. Just as the naturally loving and caring Molly had done years before, Miss Minnie began the strange ritual of walking up and down on top of my body to wake me up. At first I would check to see if she needed anything. It was perplexing to me that she never left my bed all night. If she woke me with her body walk and I didn't get up, Miss Minnie would sit on my chest and lick my face. It was as if Molly had taught her this routine.

There was an additional perplexing issue. Harold, an orange four-month-old male cat, had joined us in March of 1994. He was not healthy, physically or emotionally, and Miss Minnie resented it when Molly gave Harold her motherly attention. After all, Miss Minnie had been an only child. She didn't like the fact that Harold slept with me, and she usually jumped down when the intruder came onto the bed.  But during the fall of 1997, Miss Minnie stayed by my side and continued to fulfill her mission, despite her resentment of Harold's presence on my bed.

My heart condition still seemed to be controlled by the newest medication, so I continued to work long hours at my job. Then one day, when I went for my usual beach walk, my heart began to race and beat irregularly. I managed to get back home and call a nurse friend. She checked on me and quickly whisked me to the emergency room.

After being admitted to the hospital, I was hooked up to a heart monitor. All that night, the nurses came in repeatedly to awaken me. I realized that this was what Molly and Miss Minnie had been doing for me over the years; my cat nurses must have known when my heart beat too rapidly or stopped beating during the night, and that was why they'd awakened me. Now that I was ill and had time to reflect, I realized that I had two cats who were angels. I thanked God that they had come into my life on that damp day in October years before.

In the summer of 2003, Miss Minnie started to sit on my chest again. It was uncomfortable. Even though I pushed her down, she would return.

I changed doctors in September of 2003. After a visit to my new doctor, he called to say that the monitor I'd been wearing over the weekend showed that my heart was stopping for eight seconds at a time, several times each night. "You need surgery today," he said. I suddenly realized that this was what Molly and Miss Minnie had been trying to tell me by waking me up during the night and walking or sitting on my chest. After I explained to my cardiologist what these cats had done over the years, he said, "Your cats were pacemakers." I really believe that these wonderful animals served as my heart monitors. Until the doctor put an implant in my chest to monitor my heartbeat, my cats kept me alive.

Molly and Miss Minnie remained my primary caregivers throughout their lives. Over time, I've learned to listen to my kitty heart specialists more carefully. I discovered that they were far smarter about my health than I was. I also slowed down the hectic pace of my life. Molly and Miss Minnie seemed to know that I had started taking better care of myself, and they eventually showed less concern.

As it turned out, Molly also had a heart condition. She died in her sleep - a loss that is still painful to me. Sometimes it makes me sad to think that, had it been possible, an implant might have helped Molly, since she died with the same condition I had.

I am also thankful that Harold found his way into our lives. The doctors' treatments and Molly's love healed him, and now Miss Minnie and Harold have each another as companions. They both miss Molly very much. They consoled each another after her death, and for months Harold continued to call out for Molly.

As for my heart today, I know I'm doing better. Since my last surgery and the implant, Miss Minnie hasn't sat on my chest once.

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