A cat with a two-legs is never a slave.  On the contrary, he is a cat with a purpose who is made complete by his privileged position in life.  He chooses and accepts his role, and does his duty. (George)

Jem Vanston’s child-friendly version of A Cat Called Dog is a great read for children and cat lovers of all ages.  With subtle hints on cat-care and the behaviour of ‘Two-legs’ dotted throughout the dialogue, George, a ginger elderly tom-cat, takes on the education of kitten-cat Dog.

Aided by Eric, a one-eyed stray, François the well-travelled feline and the beautiful Miss Fifi, George endeavours to teach Dog how to behave in a way that befits his feline status.

George is fortunate enough to live with The Lady, whom he loves with a passion and would protect with his life if necessary.  All his skills are called into action when a terrible situation arises.  With the willing help of Eric, Miss Fifi, François and Dog, they face the threat that could change their lives forever.

This book has wonderful illustrations by an amazing guy called Greg which capture, perfectly, each cat’s personality.  At only 23 years old, he has a tremendous future ahead of him.  Jem hope that Greg will be illustrating the sequel to the original ‘A Cat Called Dog’ as it features the three kittens who first appeared in Jem’s Christmas story which you can read here and which was so beautifully illustrated by Frances Gilotti :

The sequel should – hopefully – be out next May or June.

Published in paperback by Austin Macauley, with a bright eye-catching cover, A Cat Called Dog is the purrfect book to give a confident reader interested in animals, particularly cats, for a Christmas present.

ISBN 97891784559595

A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.


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