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Are you the best cat/owner look-like? Find out at library’s Feline Fantasy

A cat-astrophe in the making?

The first story hour for cats and cat lovers, along with a Feline Fantasy Parade and judging, will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Decatur Public Library.

Each cat should be in a pet cage or leashed when it comes to hear the story of Punkin, a blond, Persian mix with matching gold eyes that was rescued from a loading dock in California.

Boaz native Sondra Gray and her husband, Walter, adopted Punkin, who became a trucker cat and traveled all over the country with them in a big rig. She tells about their real adventures, including the time Punkin saved them from robbers, through the eyes of the cat in her first book, “According to Punkin.”

From 3 to 5 p.m., Gray will be at the library to “chat with cat and/or big truck lovers” and autograph copies of her book.

When the Feline Fantasy program for cats and cat lovers of all ages begins at 6, Gray will read the section about the robbers from her book, which tells about Punkin’s actions and “cattitudes.”

During the parade, cats will be judged in the following categories: best Punkin look-alike; best trick; best cat/owner look-alike; and best groomed. Each cat will receive a certificate, and winners will be awarded prizes provided by Pet Depot. Afterward, the author will again be available to autograph her books.

Gray, who has written poetry and short stories for young readers for years, attended school and some college in Boaz. She moved to Huntsville in 1964 after marrying and continued her education at The University of Alabama.

She and her husband are independent truckers currently residing in Missouri between trips. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

For more information, call the library, 353-2993.

- Patrice Stewart

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