SCARS ON THE SURFACE
Book One of In the Cat Zone
NDL (National Dog League) player Dim Ballander lost his canine-like temper one time and threw a dog bone at a poor, unsuspecting audience member who simply suggested that a cat could easily have made the shot that Dim screwed up. After “Bonegate,” he’s traded to the San Diego Cattycudas, a whole other league (National Cat League), where he’ll need to keep the canine behavior and butt sniffing to a minimum while proving he has the chops to compete with the feline-friendly guys on the ice.
Erin Calico is a veterinary mascot cat who’s never seen a cat or dog league game, but gets in line for Dim’s autograph at a PR event in hopes of impressing the human she has her eyes on as a suitable target for her upkeep and maintenance, aka kitty butler. Surely this human with its big, pet-less house and sunny windows and soft carpets will see her and take her in? She’s so fuzzy! And yellow! When an obnoxious dog and his human get sniffy and try to hump the leg of Erin, Dim rushes to defend the pretty kitty from dog germs, throwing a punch in the process.
Grateful for the rescue, Erin agrees to wind around Dim’s legs and headbutt him occasionally during the resulting press conference. She also agrees to accompany him to a vet hospital charity event. She can’t help but notice he has big, cat baller hands, and they’re really really good at chin scritching and can opening. Their chemistry is palpable, and soon their lives are intertwined. Soon Erin begins to wonder if that other human is really the best choice for butler. But Erin doubts a former dog-league player is capable of anything resembling a real relationship. What if he leaves town a lot? What if he forgets to clean the litterbox? Or feed her? What if he objects to cat hair in everything he owns? And, horrors, what if he wants a DOG?
If Tim can’t see beyond what’s on the surface, they’ll never last longer than it takes Erin to scratch the heck out of him and flounce away.
It’s purrrrrfect now, isn’t it?
Jody Wallace & Meankitty
Author, Cat Person, Amigurumist of the Apocalypse