Paws and Claws


The fluffy, furry, and the winged, the slimy and the scaled of skin, the nice, the nasty and downright weird, are gathered here to entertain, to make you laugh, to make you cry, to make you think, and wonder – why?

Join our Carnival of Animals, and learn things you may never have wanted to know about cattle farming, the truth about Adolf and Binky, and meet the good, bad, and ugly in feline form. There is something here for everyone. So let loose your inner Beast amongst our Beastly Tails.

compiled by Angelika Rust / Cake & Quill

edited by Catherine Lenderi

cover design by Tabatha Stirling

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“As a person who is allergic to nearly every single thing with hair (as well as many without), it may be easy to assume animals and I are not on the best of terms.  And to be fair, it is a little difficult for me to want to get close to that cuddly little rabbit, or that majestic horse, or that loveable puppy when I know that I’ll be sneezing/wheezing, battling against the bulging red eyes, or suffering from the worst of the three, the full-body hive.
Well, you’re wrong.  Because although I know every single one of those things are a very clear and present danger to me, I still can’t pass by a fluffy ball of fur without getting down and motorboating those kitties.
My wife actually likes to talk about how much animals seem to be drawn to me.  Even those out in the wild don’t tend to scurry quite as quickly in my presence as they do for other folks.
I suppose that’s because they know that with my allergies in place, they have the upper hand in any battle?
But the bottom line here is that no matter how much I should run the other way in the presence of any of our furry friends, I don’t.
That’s why I’m so excited for this anthology to be supporting one of my local favorite charities, Bob’s House for Dogs.  In my head, I always like to think of them as being like the final scene in the 1961 Disney animated version of One Hundred and One Dalmatians: a house in the country where hundreds of dogs can run free to their hearts’ content.
The reality is actually a whole lot cooler.
The folks at Bob’s do so many things, from offering what basically amounts to hospice care for older dogs, to helping make senior dogs ‘more adoptable’, and ultimately, they work to try and give more dogs who have found themselves without a home, a forever home.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg on what this mom and pop-style charity gets up to with regards to making the lives of dogs better.  Learn a whole lot more (and maybe give them some additional support) at
And thanks for supporting them by buying this book!”

Adam Oster, February 2017