About the Anthology

Almost Perfect contains essays by eleven contributors from three countries. Some veteran writers join with several new voices to bring you inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking stories of domestic pets unlike any you’ve ever met. Allow yourself to believe once again in the power of the positive as you follow the many ways in which helping and loving “less-than-perfect” critters helps their human counterparts appreciate what it means to be fully alive.

Editor: Mary Shafer
ISBN: 978-0-9771329-2-8
Pub Date: September 15, 2008
Retail: $12.95
Genre: Contemporary non-fiction
Category: Animals
Binding: Softcover
Trim/Extent: 6 x 9/128 pp., 25 photos

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Synopsis: The first book of its kind to focus solely on stories about disabled pets and their human companions.

Everyone loves a story about well-muscled retrievers barreling after thrown balls or elegant, longhaired cats commanding the attention of all in a room. But what about those less fortunate companion animals, whose experiences have robbed them of the wholeness of their “perfect” pet peers? After all, it’s easy to be happy when life has been safe, kind and protected, but it takes a special kind of critter to triumph over brutal circumstances that would make most people give up. In Almost Perfect, eleven writers share true tales of courage, ingenuity, perseverance and inspiration on the part of companion animals that have become disabled either through hereditary/congenital conditions or injury. Meet Simon, a three-legged barn cat whose indomitable spirit and unquenchable purr propels him through an unbelievable string of difficulties. And Cagney, a paraplegic rat who serves as muse to a surprised grad student. Then there’s Pink, a Mexican Hairless dog with remarkable healing powers.

You may laugh, you may cry, but you’ll certainly never forget these heartwarming stories of animals who have overcome physical limitations to live happy, productive lives that enrich those of their human companions.

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What people are saying about “Almost Perfect”:

“This touching collection of essays isn’t “almost” anything–it clearly hits the mark. These courageous pets offer a shining example of what it means to not only rise to challenges, but to succeed with wags and purrs. The talented authors keep readers smiling even through misty eyes. Bravo!” – Amy D. Shojai, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, author of 22 pet care titles including co-editor of “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul” and “Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul.”

“These wonderful stories about special needs animals and the compassionate people who care for them exemplify the unique human/animal bond. Opening up our hearts to the unconditional love of animals also brings the sorrow of losing them; these stories make it clear why it is worth taking the risk!” – Jan McHugh-Smith, President, San Francisco SPCA

“Wonderful stories! They will make you laugh, make you cry and overflow your heart with emotion. The special needs pets in this book and the people who love them will amaze you with their devotion to one another. This is a book that shows the true meaning of affection and commitment on every page.” – Kaye Powelson, Owner and Founder of Kittywhiskas online cat club

“If you aren’t an animal lover before reading this inspirational book, you will be afterwards. And if, like me, you’re already owned by a couple of pets, it’ll remind you why these faithful companions are so important to us.” – Jamie Anderson, singer-songwriter, composer of “When Cats Take Over the World”