Our Dave - the rhyming children's picture story of a very special cat who is looking for his forever home - turns one on Thursday 30th September 2021!
Sadly, it's also 1 week since the real life Dave the cat took his final sleep at home with us. So I thought it fitting to remember that Our Dave is based on the real-life story of Dave Woodthorpe: my best buddy and desk companion.
Real life Dave started his life in the cat shelter as a kitten. He was then adopted out to a family, who kept him for 5 years and then mysteriously moved house and decided not to take Dave with them. So he ended up in the cat shelter again. We know this from the cat shelter who had the information from his chip and from their attempts to get Dave back to his previous family.
The above photo is the screenshot I took of him on my phone when I was scrolling the cat shelter website. My life changed at that moment.
How they couldn't want him, I don't know. He was literally the best friend I've ever had. But their loss was our gain.
His story pulled at my heart strings and made me thing about all of the other cats in the shelter with similar stories of loss and loneliness. As it was coming up to my partner's sister's birthday, and as she loves rhyming picture books, we decided to immortalise Dave's story in a book, and dedicate it to her.
I'm blown away by the amount of support I've received for Our Dave and also how much love the real-life Dave has received from children all around the world. It has warmed my heart.
To mark the one year anniversary of Our Dave here are some never-before seen photos of real-life Dave, and the pages in the book that they inspired.