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Reading about Dewey the Library Cat

Updated on April 21, 2013

As I was looking through the cat section on the shelves, I found a book titled Dewey. I read the summary inside and that is when I got interested in looking through it and reading bits and pieces of it because my brother wanted to read it.

One a cold winter morning in Iowa, someone dropped off a little kitten who was not in such good health. His toes were frostbitten and he was thin. So the director of the library he was dropped into decided to keep him. Since then he was kept at the library and raised among lots of people who learned to love him. He even became known in many countries and states and cities as Dewey the library cat. Among the countries who were interested was China, they even sent camera crews to go see him at the library. He filled a void in the directors life that probably not many others could fill as easily.

Even the number of visitors went up as soon as Dewey arrived at the library and that is good in many ways, whether it was to see the cat or just to check out some books. He was able to sit in laps and people who went to the library were able to relax. This was something that you didn't see in many libraries so this made it more interesting to happen at that library. Even though now there are actually more stories like this that wasn't known before.

I love cats and just to be able to read a story like this was touching. Of course, like everything else in life old age came upon Dewey and he died, he lived to be 19 years old and that is probably a long time for a cat to live. Even though he may not be there physically they say that they can still feel him in a certain way. At that library they have a picture of him to remember him and that is sweet.

This is one story that really touched my heart and even as my brother started reading it he started to like it and looks forward to finishing it. Do you know of any other similar stories like this? Have you heard about this one special cat?


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      Priscilla 4 years ago from El Paso

      My brother even liked the story. That story will always stay in my head.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have read this story before I cannot remember where.. it was fascinating then and still is.. I am so glad you posted this hub.. what a delight to read about Dewey