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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #19: Making Rounds With Oscar

Anyone who shares a home with cats knows that felines have certain sensitivities most humans have forgotten. Like dogs, cats often know when their owners are coming home at unusual and unexpected times. Scientific studies by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake have demonstrated conclusively that household pets have an awareness that enables them to connect with "their people" in ways that defy traditional explanations.

An interesting case study is presented in the new book Making Rounds With Oscar, by David Dosa, M.D. (New York : Hyperion, 2010). Oscar, a cat at Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island, knows when patients are about "to cross over," to use the psychical term. Ordinarily, Oscar is, at best, tolerant of human attention and maintains a discrete distance from people. However, whenever someone is about to die, Oscar jumps up on the patient's bed and remains there, providing loving companionship at a time when people most need it. Cynics sneer that the cat is a "harbinger of death," but this book rightly characterizes Oscar's role as care-giving and therapeutic, especially for surviving loved ones who know that he will stay with the dying patient until the end. Oscar's behavior alerts staff to contact family in time to say their last goodbyes.

Here is our YouTube video showcasing this book:

No one should die alone. Thanks to Oscar, the folks at one nursing care facility will always have a loyal friend with them when the time comes. I hope to be so fortunate.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

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