Posts By: Mary Shafer

A visit with author and special needs pet advocate, Barbara Techel

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Some of you are familiar with Barbara Techel through her work with IVDD dogs, begun during her journey with the original Walk ‘n Roll Dog, Frankie. But were you aware that she’s recently published an inspiring memoir about her life since then? I’ve been privileged to know Barb since she and I were both relative newbies… Read more »






Author Interview: Kelly Preston – “Real Dogs Don’t Whisper”

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Today, we’re talking with Kelly Preston, author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons From A Larger Than Life Dog and His Owner. Kelly is Mom to four special needs dogs, whom she writes about in the book, featuring Mr. MaGoo, the most outgoing of the group. What made you want to write your book? Having… Read more »






From Inspiration To Action: Evolution of A Pet Author

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Back in February, I announced here the publication of our friend Barbara Techel’s newest book, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self and the dog on wheels who led the way. Today, I’m sharing an interview I recently did with Barb about how that book came to be. As people interested in… Read more »






A New Treat From An Old Friend!

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So happy to reporting here that our longtime friend and great supporter, author Barbara Techel (mom of the late Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog), today released a special edition of her latest book, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One Woman’s Journey to Her Authentic Self, and the Dog On Wheels Who Led The Way! She offered… Read more »






Starting 2013 on a “thrilling” note

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lost and found book

January was a month of recuperating and getting caught up from being pretty sick with pneumonia, so I didn’t get any blogging done. We’ll just think of February as starting our 2013 here at Almost Perfect Pets. And with it being the start of the year, I’d like to start on a pawsitive note —… Read more »






A Potpourri of Almost Perfect Pet News

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This is our Happy Birthday, America! edition, and we hope you enjoyed your July Fourth holiday. Here at Almost Perfect Pets, we’re always celebrating freedom — from old ways of thinking about pet injuries and disabilities, from prejudice against almost perfect critters. For this special edition, we’ve got a roundup of news to share about a… Read more »






We Interrupt This Blog For A Sad Announcement…

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It is with overwhelming sadness that we here at Almost Perfect Pets share with you the loss of our dear friend and colleague in disabled pet advocacy, Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog. Frankie crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday morning after a brief struggle with congestive heart failure. She left this world only a few… Read more »






Elderly Does Not Equal Disabled

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Author Valerie Lee Veltre Today’s post is by guest blogger Valerie Lee Veltre, author of the wonderful book Moo Kitty Finds A Home. We’re pleased to welcome Val as our first-ever guest blogger, and hope she’s just the beginning of us being allowed to share our platform here with a long line of critter people… Read more »






Some heartwarming stories and a teaser for next week!

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Sometimes I just want to share some good news about our favorite subject here at Almost Perfect Pets. Today, here’s a great piece about special needs dogs celebrating a new dog park that welcomes them. And here’s a whole collection of wonderful news about almost perfect pets who are beating the odds and living happy… Read more »






A Great New Resource For All Cat Parents

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Every once in a while, I come across a book I’d like to share with you here at Almost Perfect Pets. It may not necessarily involve disabled pets, but usually it has something to do with that topic peripherally, or is just a good read for pet parents in general. The one I’m sharing with… Read more »