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

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”

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 »

A New Treat From An Old Friend!

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 »

A Potpourri of Almost Perfect Pet News

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…

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

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 »

We’re A Trend!

When we published Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them, there was no other book available that was devoted solely to the stories of special needs pets. Within a year of its publication, there were three other similar titles. Conventional wisdom in the publishing industry is that if there’s no other book… Read more »

Go, Gizmo! A Sweet, Blind Girl Grabs the Spotlight

Who says “almost perfect” ain’t good enough? Certainly not Gizmo, the sixteen-year-old, blind cat who snagged an unlikely 14th place in the Cat Fanciers Association cat show in February. She had just about everything going against her, including the fact that she lives at the NatCat shelter in Spring Valley, California. But she didn’t let any… Read more »

The Conversation Has Begun

I’m truly heartened to see that the conversation around special needs pets has truly taken hold of society at large, at least in most developed countries. I’ve seen more and more newspaper, magazine and online media outlets covering this topic, and wanted to share a few of the latest of these with you here. Tulsa… Read more »

What We Can Learn From Old Animals

  No one who’s lived around an aging animal or person can argue that age often brings with it many forms of disability. When those disabilities get too difficult, it’s easy to turn away, not wanting to see. But Philadelphia fine art photographer Isa Leshko has made it a point not to allow us that… Read more »