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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat (original 2010; edition 2011)

by David Dosa

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Title:Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Authors:David Dosa
Info:Hyperion (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa (2010)


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Wonderful book! Delightful and so readable. The story is not only about Oscar, a nursing home cat who sits purring with every patient in their last dying hours, but it's also about dementia and Alzheimer's and how we all might take a new look at it. Some of the content might help caregivers and family of people with dementia. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
This book was not what I expected. Oscar really only played a minor role in the story. The book was mostly about Dr. Dosa learning how family members dealt with dementia patients. Animal therapy, being one method of coping. The stories were personal and interesting and I liked the writing style. I learned a lot through Dr. Dosa's personal journey, but I would have liked to hear more stories about Oscar. He is the reason I purchased the book. ( )
  jguidry | Dec 27, 2016 |
A collection of stories of patients dying of dementia and the impact one black and white cat had on their lives. Oscar is one of the resident pets at a bustling nursing home in Providence, RI. It wasn't long after he came to live there that residents attendants both began to recognize his strange gifts. Typically standoffish, Oscar would stay with patients who were in the end-stages of their illness. Oscar's presence in a room came to denote that patients immanent death.

One of the doctors describes how Oscar's ministry to patients came to mean so much and his loving attention eased the transition for many. This is a heartwarming book but most of it is stories from the family of patients rather than about the cat himself. ( )
  Juva | Jun 25, 2016 |
The Author is a Geriatrician Doctor who was working in a nursing home where Oscar made his home...A rel treat for animal lover's of all ages. The story was intriguing and a unanswered mystery to those who knew Oscar....Did this cat really possess an extraordinary gift........as instinct.....A wonderfully written book....Heartwarming..... ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Whilst this was a gentle, compassionate book it was more about a doctor (the author) treating his patients with dementia rather than focusing on Oscar and his ability to predict when someone is about to die. The story didn't really go anywhere except to show how family members deal/don't deal with losing a loved one to dementia. I found the background stories of Dr Dosa's patients interesting and, should I ever end up in a home similar to Steele House, it would be nice to know that there was a cat like Oscar there, but overall I didn't find the book a satisfying read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
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This book, both touching and humorous, isn't just about Oscar. It's about listening and letting go. It's also about the inner workings of a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients, the people who work there, the rhythm of their days, and the six other cats who also call it home, cats who also bring comfort to the dementia patients but do not share Oscar's talents of premonition.
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Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.
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When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little cat with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.… (more)

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