Posts By: Mary Shafer

Who’s Savin’ Who?

Posted by & filed under almost perfect, Barbara Techel, Darlene Arden, Facebook fan page, Frankie the walk and roll dog, mary shafer, The complete Cat's Meow, week-long discussion, Who's Savin' Who?.

Starting this Sunday morning, I’ll be pleased to share facilitator duties with my great friend and author colleague, Barbara Techel, leading the discussion about special needs pets and the wonderful and unexpected ways they change our lives, on the Facebook fan page of bestselling author and pet expert Darlene Arden! Darlene is a respected animal… Read more »

Remembering Lucy

Posted by & filed under lucy the therapy dog, Rainbow Bridge, special needs.

Lucy wasn’t a special needs dog, unless you count needing a little extra attention every time she entered a room. Lucy was just special. She worked as a therapy dog for special needs people, and I just wanted to share this little memorial from Lucy’s people. Lucy crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, just shy of… Read more »

It’s National Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month!

Posted by & filed under animal abuse, animal neglect, aspca, prevent animal cruelty, prevention of cruelty to animals.

Photo by Jenna Mackenzie April is National Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month. Now, for some of us, that’s actually every day, and I’m guessing that includes everyone reading this post. But I think it’s a great idea to have a month devoted to reminding people that preventing cruelty is important and should be a priority… Read more »

Happy New Year!

Posted by & filed under 2010 disabled pets retrospective, blogpaws, pet bloggers.

Well, 2010 was an active year in so many respects, but it was certainly a banner year for animals! Many, many puppy mills closed down, hoarders raided and the animals moved to sanctuaries where they’d be properly cared for, and FINALLY some legislation with teeth regulating puppy mills in Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma. There were,… Read more »

Progress! It’s Official: People Are Changing Their Minds About Disabled Pets

Posted by & filed under changing mindsets about disabled pets, dog carts, eddie's wheels, pawsible marketing, pets with disabilities.

Animal health specialists, rescue volunteers and medical supply makers all say they’ve seen a growing willingness in the American public to adopt or care for pets with ailments that once would have met with certain euthanization. So says this article in the Winnipeg Free Press. We’re just tickled that it refers to our friends Leslie… Read more »

An Update on Tashi

Posted by & filed under happy birthday tashi, sparklecat, tabby's place.

Those who’ve been following Almost Perfect Pets for a while will remember Tashi, the little gray tiger who serves as mascot for Tabby’s Place Cat Sanctuary in Ringoes, NJ. I’ve blogged about him before, when he came to visit to represent Tabby’s Place at our Prevent Cruelty to Animals Week presentation a couple years ago,… Read more »

Something We Can Do Something About

Posted by & filed under disaster plan, evacuations, hurricane katrina, pet shelters, pets in natural disasters, red cross.

Too often on this blog, we have to deal with sad situations that are out of our control; situations that result in injured or disabled pets. But today I want to remind you that there is one situation that too often results in these things, but this doesn’t have to happen. I’m talking about natural… Read more »