animal connections

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 »



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 »



Starting 2013 on a “thrilling” note

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

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 »



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 »



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 »



A Deeper Connection With Animals

My friend and colleague, Dawn Baumann Brunke, is an accomplished writer and soul seeker. We’ve collaborated on a series of middle grade coloring books called Who Lives Here?, which I’m looking into having re-published. Meanwhile. Dawn’s been exploring how humans can connect on a deeper level with animals through her “Animal Voices” book series. Some… Read more »