A Glimpse of Holly Lewitas

Holly Lewitas and Spunky

For as long as I can remember, I have loved animals. It was always easier for me to befriend a four-legged critter than the two-legged variety.    

I grew up on Long Island, in New York, in an idyllic time where choices were fewer and therefore perhaps easier than they are today. My parents were both World War II veterans, who believed in the flag, apple pie, and Chevrolet. However, when I entered college, all the forces of the late 1960’s were brought to bear and my idyllic view became much more hazy.

I graduated with a degree in nursing from Plattsburg State College in upstate New York and passed my boards to become a registered nurse. Back then, it was one of the few college occupations readily accessible to a woman. However, my instructors repeatedly told me that my mouth was too big and I’d never succeed in nursing – (she did not explain why) – So—I decided to ultimately beat them at their own game and I opted for management!

I specialized in the fields of psychiatric nursing, developmental disabilities, and home health care. All of that proved very useful when my husband and I founded and operated our own Chicago-based home health agency.

In 1990, I appeared in Who’s Who of American Women.

However, none of those accomplishments could hold a candle to the moment I got one little scared puppy to wag her tail and allow me to take her home.

Years later, when I was suddenly widowed, it was my rescue dogs that were the ones who rescued me. Every day they became my primary reason to get out of the bed. They were that special connection to life that made it possible for me to move ahead and have a future.

When I moved to Alabama, Spunky was my only remaining dog. As you’ll read, we then encountered a significant “cat problem.” I began trapping, neutering, and releasing cats—a lot of cats. It is now years later, and fifteen of them have chosen to stay and live with me. They occupy the house, yard, porches, and shelters. Even my cats have condos!

I have learned many valuable lessons from the gentle, furry animals in my life. I feel blessed, and if I could purr, I would. These special critters are the characters behind my characters. Every single day, one of them makes me smile. We hope they will do the same for you.

Spunky and I thought it was time to share our mysteries. We sincerely hope you have as much fun reading them as we had putting our heads together to create them. 

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