Making Rounds With Oscar Author:David Dosa M.D. They thought he was just a cat. — When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occassionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other wor... more »ds, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stire.
Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.
Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with then--until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposefully into a patient's room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know it's time to say good-bye.
Oscar's gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from.« less
I loved this book. It not only told the story of Oscar, but also about the doctor who took care of people who were in the nursing home. It told the story of the nurses who took care of them, of the families of the patients, and of all the critters who lived in the nursing home. There were several cats, but only Oscar had this particular gift. Such a heartwarming story and you may even shed a few tears as you are reading. For all animal lovers I highly recommend this book.