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Cat & Mouse Press publishing 'Sandy Paws' story collection

Delaware News Desk
Sussex Countian
Sussex Countian

Nancy Sakaduski, writer, publisher and founder of Cat & Mouse Press, known for its local beach reads, announced the publication of “Sandy Paws: Dogs and Cats on Delmarva.”

The book features short stories and light verse set in Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Cape May, Chincoteague and other seaside towns in the Delmarva region.

A launch party is set for 1 to 3 p.m. April 4 at Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

In “Sandy Paws,” readers will meet a cat who thinks he’s a dog, a dog who thinks she’s royalty, and people who are amused, confused and consoled by their pets.

While some of the stories are true, most are fictional or fictionalized accounts. The book includes photos of some of the animals that were inspirations for the stories or poems. For example, at the end of “Running with Joey” by local author Sherri Wright, readers will see a picture of Joey, Wright’s running mate.

Many of the stories are light, but some are poignant. In “Trooper,” a vet returns from Afghanistan, bringing with her a dog that had been injured by shrapnel. Together, they learn to overcome their fear of Cape Henlopen’s sandy beach, which triggers their memories of desert war.

Stories and poems for the book were selected by Nancy Powichroski Sherman and Nancy Sakaduski, who also edited the book. Both are pet owners; Sherman shares her home with two bichon frises, and Charlotte the cat shares her home with Sakaduski. Several volunteer readers also helped with the selection process.

For the cover of the book, Cat & Mouse Press tapped Rehoboth-based Sara England Designs.