Cathy Unruh, Author Of “Taming Me: Memoir Of A Clever Island Cat”

Cathy Unruh–author of “Taming Me: Memoir Of A Clever Island Cat,” longtime animal advocate and former TV journalist in Tampa (who still hosts programs on the Central Florida PBS affiliate)–discusses the factors that led to writing “Taming Me,” her first book. Taming Me As part of this, Unruh addresses the decision to write the story in the voice of Lucy Miracle, the former feral cat found on the Bahamian island of Cat Cay that forms the center of the book’s saga. She also comments on the mission of “Taming Me,” the extent to which he views it as a fable, and the polarizing issues–locally and beyond–swirling around feral cats, the implementation of TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) and more. (www.CathyUnruh.com, www.facebook.com/TamingMeMemoirOfACleverIslandCat)

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ALSO: We spoke briefly with Patricia Massari, co-director of the Tampa location of the Walk For Animals–a national event designed to benefit Farm Sanctuary, held locally Nov. 3 at Curtis Hixon Park–about the nature of the walk itself, as well as other activities and entertainment offered that day at the Park. (www.farmsanctuary.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Tom Papa’s “Pet People” (www.TomPapa.com)

MUSIC: Aaron Embry’s “Raven’s Song,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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