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Paw Prints in the Moonlight

The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and his Cat

Denis O'Connor

Thomas Dunne Books

A snowy January night. A cat that beat the odds. A man whose life would be forever changed.  This is the remarkable story of Toby Jug, the extraordinary cat who thought he was human.

Paw Prints in the Moonlight is the truly special tale of one kind man and the cat that changed his life. Set in the rural splendor of Northumberland, England, this heartwarming and classic book will be cherished by people of all ages.  

When Denis O'Connor rescues a three-week-old kitten from certain death during a snowstorm, little does he know how this tiny creature will change his life forever. Against all odds the kitten—whom he names Toby Jug—survives and turns out to be a wondrous Maine Coon Cat extraordinaire. Life with Toby is never dull, and Denis and Toby embark on a series of sometimes comical, sometimes poignant adventures that bring them ever closer together. From the massive invasion of bees at Owl Cottage to the mysterious case of the disappearing tomatoes, Denis and Toby form an extraordinary bond, and the cat that no one thought would live through the night ends up altering the lives of everyone he meets.

With spectacular watercolor illustrations depicting Toby’s many hijinks, this timeless story about the power of pets will captivate readers of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, and Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love.

A snowy January night. A cat that beat the odds. A man whose life would be forever changed.  This is the remarkable story of Toby Jug, the extraordinary cat who thought he was human.

Paw Prints in the Moonlight is the truly special tale of one kind man and the cat that changed his life. Set in the rural splendor of Northumberland, England, this heartwarming and classic book will be cherished by people of all ages.  

When Denis O'Connor rescues a three-week-old kitten from certain death during a snowstorm, little does he know how this tiny creature will change his life forever. Against all odds the kitten—whom he names Toby Jug—survives and turns out to be a wondrous Maine Coon Cat extraordinaire. Life with Toby is never dull, and Denis and Toby embark on a series of sometimes comical, sometimes poignant adventures that bring them ever closer together. From the massive invasion of bees at Owl Cottage to the mysterious case of the disappearing tomatoes, Denis and Toby form an extraordinary bond, and the cat that no one thought would live through the night ends up altering the lives of everyone he meets.

With spectacular watercolor illustrations depicting Toby’s many hijinks, this timeless story about the power of pets will captivate readers of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, and Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love.

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Paw Prints in the Moonlight
WINTER: THE RESCUEThe icy January storm wailed through the crannies and spouts of the large old house as I stared at the scrubbed wooden table in the clinic of the vet, Scott Mackenzie. On the table lay a tragic sight. The silver-coloured she-cat was still bleeding, her flanks heaving with the desperate effort to stay alive. Next to her lay the barely living bodies of her two kittens. With immense difficulty I had rescued them and rushed them here for help.'There'll be nothing I can be doing for any of them. They're all goners!' he said, with professional finalit
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REVIEWS

Praise for Paw Prints in the Moonlight

Praise for Paw Prints in the Moonlight

 

"Touching... Both a wonderful cat story and a portrait of rural England that will satisfy everyone who is or was a fan of All Creatures Great and Small. His charming book belongs on every cat lover's reading list."

--Margaret and Michael Korda, authors of Cat People

 

"If you've ever had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book. If you've never had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book.. Heart-warming."

--Carole Nelson Douglas, author of Cat in a White Tie and Tails

 

“Cat lovers are sure to enjoy this charming story. I know I did.”

--Sheila Roberts, author of The Nine Lives of Christmas

 

"Will tug at your heart and paw at your soul. Toby Jug and Denis share a love that is otherworldly and yet so close to home.

--Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, author of New York Times bestseller Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

 

 “Entering O’Connor’s world at Owl cottage is like stepping into a crystal snowball. Magic happens. A must read for anyone with passion for cats and nature.”

--Helen Brown, author of Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family

 

“Toby Jug is irresistible…Sweet and compelling…a tale as comfy as a visit by the fire at a cozy English cottage, a sleeping cat in your lap.”

--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig

 

"Set amongst the beauty of the English countryside, proving that dogs are not man’s only best friend."

--Pen Farthing, author of One Dog at a Time

Praise for Paw Prints in the Moonlight

 

"Touching... Both a wonderful cat story and a portrait of rural England that will satisfy everyone who is or was a fan of All Creatures Great and Small. His charming book belongs on every cat lover's reading list."

--Margaret and Michael Korda, authors of Cat People

 

"If you've ever had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book. If you've never had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book.. Heart-warming."

--Carole Nelson Douglas, author of Cat in a White Tie and Tails

 

“Cat lovers are sure to enjoy this charming story. I know I did.”

--Sheila Roberts, author of The Nine Lives of Christmas

 

"Will tug at your heart and paw at your soul. Toby Jug and Denis share a love that is otherworldly and yet so close to home.

--Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, author of New York Times bestseller Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

 

 “Entering O’Connor’s world at Owl cottage is like stepping into a crystal snowball. Magic happens. A must read for anyone with passion for cats and nature.”

--Helen Brown, author of Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family

 

“Toby Jug is irresistible…Sweet and compelling…a tale as comfy as a visit by the fire at a cozy English cottage, a sleeping cat in your lap.”

--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig

 

"Set amongst the beauty of the English countryside, proving that dogs are not man’s only best friend."

--Pen Farthing, author of One Dog at a Time

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Denis O'Connor

  • DENIS O’CONNOR was born and raised in England. After retiring from a career as a psychologist, he decided to write this book, fulfilling the promise he made to Toby Jug years ago. Paw Prints in the Moonlight has been translated into Japanese, Italian, and Chinese. O’Connor lives in an 18th century cottage with his wife Catherine and two Maine Coon Cats named Luis and Max. When he’s not writing, he spends his time gardening, bird watching, and listening to classical music.

  • Denis O'Connor
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Paw Prints in the Moonlight

The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and his Cat

Denis O'Connor

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Thomas Dunne Books

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