THE CAT WHO WAS A CANINE, complete at 350 words, tells of a spunky dog born biologically feline and his search for a friend who can see the hound inside.
Mistaken for a cat at the animal shelter, this mighty mutt knows that to get adopted he needs to find a dog lover. That’s not going to happen in the cattery. Taking matters into his own paws, he sniffs out a girl in the kennels and tries to prove his poochiness, hoping she’ll take him home. His doggy antics and charm help her realize he’s truly a canine and just the pet she’s been looking for.
This humorous, character-driven picture book for 3- to 7-year-olds, written in the vein of RED: A CRAYON’S STORY and JULIAN IS A MERMAID, is a story about acceptance and being true to your inner self. It’s a tale for everyone who has ever felt that they didn’t fit the label others applied to them.
I am a member of SCBWI and a 2019 #WriteMentor program mentee. I have an MA in journalism and formerly made my career in community newspapers and magazines. I have lots of animal experience as a shelter volunteer and board member and as a pet mom to both cats and dogs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
The Cat Who Was a Canine
I’m a dog, a pooch, a mutt. (Illo Note: cat in appearance)
I live at an animal shelter, which wouldn’t be so bad except for one thing.
They think I’m a cat!
They say, “Oh hello, Mr. Frisky Whiskers.”
I detest being called that, so I growl.
“Pretty kitty is cranky,” they say. “How about a treat?”
I lick my chops and launch into my best tricks—sit, beg, lie down, play dead.
“What a clever cat!”
Ugh, tuna treats.
I. Want. BACON.
I’m fed up with being mistaken for a feline!
Time to sniff out a dog lover to spring me from this shelter. (Illo Note: escapes to hallway)
Hmm, this scent is promising…
Yip-yip, yap-yap, woof-woof, ruff-ruff.
Why’s everyone so excited?
Ah, they must be barking at her. (Illo Note: little girl, clothing or accessories indicate dog lover)
I bet she knows a mutt when she meets one.