Haiku for a small gray cat

I was going through some files today and ran across this little poem — a long haiku — I wrote about Idgie. I wrote it three years before Almost Perfect came out, and can see the beginnings of my frustration with people’s attitudes toward special needs pets. Art is kewl. I need rain or at… Read more »

Idgie Has A New Pal

Barb Techel and her little girl, Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog, have become Skype pals of Idgie’s and mine. Wanted to share Barb’s blog post over at Joyful Paws on the subject with you. I never would have believed how creating Almost Perfect has changed my life, especially through all the wonderful people and… 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 »

Contest Winner Announced!

Hey, thanks to everyone who wrote in with their guesses on who’s older, Idgie or me. The correct answer — according to my source — is that it’s me, by 4 years. The first one to send the correct answer was my friend and fellow creative, Tony Gleeson. Tony’s a professional illustrator, bibliophile and all-around… Read more »

Double Birthday, and the gift is for YOU!

Bewildered birthday girl: 48??? I don’t THINK so… Today I turn 48 years old. I have no idea how that happened. But at least I’m in good company! The Birthday Queen awakens from her nap on the windowsill. Joining me in our birthday celebration is Idgie, who turns 7 today. We don’t really know what… Read more »

Be Kind to Animals Week is Coming!

That’s right! May 3-10 is National Be Kind To Animals Week in America, and we’re celebrating with our own little event right here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania! The birth of humane education as a national effort dates back to 1915. In that year, “Be Kind to Animals Week” was inspired Dr. William O’Stillman, leader of… Read more »

Almost Perfect: The book

Okay, time for a little shameless self-promotion. After all, my new book was the reason I started this blog, and I want to make sure you all know about it. Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them just came out in October from Enspirio House, an imprint of Word Forge Books. This… Read more »