A Cat Called Dog is a charming, witty and entertaining novel for cat lovers everywhere Dog is a cat - the only problem is that he doesn't behave like one! Instead he wags his tail, sticks out his tongue and yaps in a manner which is distinctly puppyish. Something has to be done; the pride of cats is at stake! Against his better instincts, George, an old ginger tom, reluctantly decides to take on the enormous task of teaching the confused kitten how to behave like a proper cat. In the company of the cheeky Eric, the mysterious and exotic Francois and the elegant Miss Fifi, George commences his teaching of the cat curriculum, including lessons on the feline 'Holy Trinity': eating, sleeping and washing. But things do not go smoothly. Maybe Dog will find it impossible to change and unlearn all his bad habits? Soon the cats face a more pressing threat, and one that could change their lives forever. The cats' adventures are touching, sweet and fun, and the dialogue is as wonderfully arch and droll as the memorable cat characters themselves.
Issues of identity, loyalty, betrayal, trust and friendship predominate in this mild satire on human nature, making it a bit like Animal Farm - with cats!
Born in 1967, Jem Vanston is a teacher and freelance journalist, and also runs an online editing agency. He writes satirical novels and scripts under the name P J Vanston, and recently won joint second prize in an international short story competition (BCSA), and first prize in another (Global Short Story Competition). He lives in Swansea with his two rescue cats, Honey and Bumble.
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