Vicki Tiernan & Ruby

Vicki Tiernan – San Francisco, California

Ruby playing with sticks

Ruby flying

Ruby on wheels

Vicki & Lulu

Vicki Tiernan, Author

“Well, nothing’s going to keep you down, now is it?” With that statement, Vicki Tiernan understood the meaning of courage and perseverance, as she watched her dog, Ruby, overcome severe affliction in the form of degenerative myelopathy, a debilitating disease similar to multiple sclerosis in humans. When Ruby refused to accept anything less than full-bore joy in life, just the same, the determined pooch became a beloved and inspiring presence in the lives of anyone she met. Though Ruby has now gone on to a place where she doesn’t need her useless legs anymore, Vicki shares her story with us in Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them. Through this tribute, Ruby will continue to inspire anyone willing to open their minds to her uplifting message.

Professional Background

  • Current: Medical Transcriptionist (self-employed)
  • Several years’ experience as a writer/editor for Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, a nonprofit agency
  • Writing has appeared in Far West Laboratory publications
  • 1974: B.A., Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Volunteer Work and Other Activities

Vicki is a long-time member of the San Francisco Dog Owners Group (SFDOG) and has served on its Executive Committee.  She has organized park clean-ups and coordinated social and educational events for dogs and their guardians.  Her writing has appeared in City Tails, an SFDOG publication.