special needs pets

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 »






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 »






Are your pets afraid of storms?

You know, I think it varies as much as it does with children and adult humans, whether pets are afraid of thunderstorms. But our recent rash of severe weather got me to thinking about how different it is for special needs pets–especially those with physical disabilities–to cope with this common fear. Winkie and Boo Kitty… Read more »






Woodson and We

John Grogan, author of Marley & Me Most of you have heard of John Grogan. He’s the author of the runaway (pun intended) bestseller, Marley & Me. What you may not have heard is that he’s now got a new yellow lab named Woodson. Turns out Grogan’s a fellow Pennsylvanian (go, Keystone State!), and when… Read more »






Ivan – A Love Story

Every once in a while, Barb Techel over at Joyful Paws lets loose with one of her “Occasional Paws” feature stories. I just had to share this recent one about Ivan the Beagle, because it so perfectly embodies what we’re about here at Almost Perfect Pets. Those of you who’ve been following for a while… Read more »






No More Homeless Pets

One of the most incredible groups working for the humane treatment of companion animals is Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. You may be familiar with the organization through the TV show Dogtown on the National Geographic Channel. (If you’re not, you don’t know what you’re missing!) Word Forge Books, our publishing house, is… Read more »






Help for People With Special Needs Pets

Caring for pets with special needs does not have to be a burden. It can be a richly rewarding experience, as shown in our book Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them. But being the “parent” of pets with physical handicaps or other challenges does require a big heart, patience, and —… Read more »