Scheherazade Cat: The Story of a War Hero is a book about a wonderful Kuwaiti cat who was adopted by a soldier at the end of the war there. She became his honored pet, and lived for 15 years.
In 1991, at the end of the Persian Gulf War, Lt. David D. Haines, a U.S. Army chemical weapons officer, was assigned to lead a mission on Failaka Island, which can be reached via ferry from mainland Kuwait.
The mission was to collect any military equipment of value.
It was complicated by thousands of dust-colored, camouflaged cluster munitions, which had been dropped on the island to push out the Iraqi invaders. With them gone, French militia were working to remove the cluster bombs, but it was a monumental task, and the remaining ones posed a significant threat.
While leading his unit across the island one day, David encountered a beautiful Kuwaiti kitten, a black-and-orange-and-white calico, playing with one of these cluster bombs.
It was a dud, and it looked like a little ball to her, but the humans knew it could be lethal.
He ordered a halt, and the unit left the area, but he couldn’t stop thinking about that kitten, so the next day, they lured her and caught her.
This is the image in which David first held Scheherazade:
To find out the details, you’ll have to read the book.
The story has been eloquently written by the soldier’s wife, Stephanie C. Fox, and beautifully illustrated in watercolor by Milena Radeva.
To see a teaser-preview of the book and read about the cat and the people involved, see:
We are currently seeking a literary agent to represent this book to a publisher, so if you know of one who might be interested – or if you are such an agent – please post a comment and tell us!
This is Scheherazade Cat, napping in the sunlight:
About the Author:
Stephanie C. Fox, J.D. has written and published 10 books in a variety of genres, including dystopian science fiction, memoir, history, travelogue, short story, and one of her own creation: short, dark, metaphoric fairy tale about a social issue, such as honeybee colony collapse. Her work can be viewed at http://queenbeeedit.com/books-by-stephanie-c-fox-j-d/