Book Review: Almost Perfect, Edited by Mary A. Shafer

Almost Perfect – Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them, an anthology of eleven stories of animals with special needs edited by Mary A. Shafer, is more than just a collection of heartwarming pet stories.   I’ve always believed that animals come into our lives to teach us, and the lessons from these wonderful animals with often seemingly insurmountable challenges and their compassionate human caretakers are truly inspirational.   You will learn about courage from a blind Huskie mix who trades the horrible life of a puppy mill for living on a farm.  You will be inspired by the grace with which a paralyzed tuxedo cat finds moments of joy each and every day.  You will be amazed by a Labrador-Doberman mix with a devastating muscle wasting disease who gives new meaning to the term “roll with the punches.” 

These wonderful stories will remain with you long after you’ve read them.  They will delight and inspire you.  You will laugh, and you will cry, and you will get a better understanding of why caring for a disabled pet can be immensely rewarding.

The Conscious Cat is delighted to present  a teleseminar titled Inspired and Inspiring – The Rewards and Challenges of Living with Disabled Pets.  On Tuesday, May 11 at 8pm Eastern,  Mary Shafer will join Barbara Techel, the author of Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog and Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House to share how their disabled pets have enriched their lives in ways they never could have imagined.  You will get an opportunity to ask questions or share your own stories.  The seminars are free, but long distance phone charges may apply.  To participate in the conference, simply dial 1-712-432-3100.  When prompted, enter conference code 674470

Mary and Barbara are offering autographed copies of their books to one lucky winner each.  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for the books, you will need to register for the seminar here.

FTC full disclosure:  this book was sent to me by the publisher.

7 Comments on Book Review: Almost Perfect, Edited by Mary A. Shafer

  1. Mason Canyon
    April 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Sound like an interesting and loving book. We once had a English Fox Hound that had problems with her back legs (many, many years go) and we were going to have to fix something up for her to be able to get around. Unfortunately she she didn’t live long after she developed the back problems. Thanks for sharing about the book.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  2. Ingrid
    April 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm (7 years ago)

    You’re welcome, Viciki. What a special dog!

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  3. Ingrid
    April 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Marg, I think you’ll really enjoy this book.

    Mary, my pleasure. I’m looking forward to our teleseminar.

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  4. Vicki Tiernan
    April 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this, Ingrid!

    Vicki Tiernan, mom of the irrepressible Lab/Dobie mix who “rolls with the punches”

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  5. Mary Shafer
    April 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm (7 years ago)

    Ingrid, thanks so much for the review! We really appreciate your thumbs-up for our little book. I know I speak for all 11 authors when I say we’re proud of this anthology about sweet, inspiring pets who gave and continue to give us all so much. May we remain worthy of their love always.

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  6. Marg
    April 23, 2010 at 7:27 am (7 years ago)

    That sounds like a wonderful book. Will put it on my list of books to get. The seminar sounds terrific too. Hope I can come to it. Sorry I missed the seminar last night. I would have liked to have done that.
    Have a great day.

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  1. […] Mary Shafer is a freelance writer, author and publisher of Word Forge Books, a small, independent publisher located near Philadelphia. She’s a member of the Cat Writers Association and is co-mom to four special needs cats. One of those cats, Idgie, is the subject of Shafer’s story in the company’s latest book, Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them. […]

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