The Conscious Cat – April 23, 2010 – Ingrid King (PDF / Online)

Midwest Book Review – Victoria Kennedy (PDF / Online}

Lemon the Duck – July 3, 2009 (PDF / Online)

The Pet Book Lady – June 21, 2009 (PDF / Online)

Dogear Diary – June 20, 2009 (PDF / Online)

Something About Barbaro – Kathryn Levy Feldman – May 11, 2009 (PDF / Online) – Megan Drake – May 7, 2009 (PDF)

Good Reads – Ratings and reviews. (PDF / Online)


“Almost Perfect is a perfect gem of a book, relating heartwarming and nearly heartwrenching stories of special needs pets and their very special owners. Sharing trials and finding love and happiness together, each chapter brings special people, pets and hope to readers. Sit! Stay! Read!” Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant; Author, “Rover, Get Off Her Leg!”

“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, CABC, 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

“From a pink-eared cat in Karpathos, Greece, to a handicapable Mexican Hairless, and even a resilient rodent, this remarkable collection of essays touchingly illustrates that inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. The stories of the people and pets who never give up on each other are a poignant reminder that purpose in life has nothing to do with perfection. Almost Perfect is a book that not only shares insights, but might actually inspire others to take a chance on a less-than-perfect pet and discover the only perfect reward in life: unconditional love.” — E. Mitchell, author of Seattle Post-Intelligencer pet blog FILM HOUND, and contributing author to several books, including A Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers

“When shopping for a pet, we always have in mind the “perfect pet” for our home—an adorable puppy, a mischievous kitten, the beautiful horse, whatever. No one thinks about taking a three-legged dog or a cat who has to drag his hindquarters, or a sightless animal of any kind. Almost Perfect, a series of stories written by authors who are both humanitarians and true animal lovers of the selfless variety, may change your mind. These anecdotal adventures will make you re-think what it is to be human. In this book are heart-rendered stories of a different caliber. I loved it.” Andrea Campbell, author of Bringing Up Ziggy: What Raising a Helping Hands Monkey Taught Me About Love, Commitment and Sacrifice

“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”