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Roberta Beach J.
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Have you read Almost Perfect yet?

posted 7 years ago

Excerpt from Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them (Enspirio House, Word Forge Books, 2008)

Inspiration in our Midst: Ruby

A recent sunny day drew me to Fort Funston, a stunning coastal oasis overlooking the bluffs of the Pacific in northern California, for a leisurely stroll and roll with Ruby, the twelve-year-old Canine American who owns my heart and my deepest admiration. Ruby now roller-commutes on wheels that stand in for rear legs. Those legs, once awesome in their power, are now ravaged by degenerative myelopathy (DM), a disease similar to multiple sclerosis in humans.

On that stroll, we encountered a man who was entranced as he watched “RuRu” sail around on her wheels, ears perked excitedly so as not to miss a single note of the symphony she lives for: ocean, gulls, people.

“Well, nothing's going to keep you down now, is it?” the man exclaimed, as she left him in the dust. He then smiled at me with great warmth and said,
“Thanks for getting her out here. She inspires me.”


What they're saying about About Perfect:

" ... This remarkable collection of essays
touchingly illustrates that inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes."
-- Kaye Powelson, Owner and Founder of Kittywhiskas online cat club

"These wonderful stories about special needs animals and the compassionate people who care for them exemplify the unique human/animal bond."
-- Jan McHugh-Smith, President, San Francisco SPCA

"If you aren't an animal lover before reading this inspirational book, you will be afterwards.
-- Jamie Anderson, singer-songwriter, composer of When Cats Take Over the World

"You may think you've read these types of stories before, but they are hard to put down once you've started reading. And they're a testament to the astonishing bonds we form with the animals who live with us, perfect or not."
-- Alice Short, the Los Angeles Times

“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

“Sit! Stay! Read!”
-- Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and author of Rover, Get Off Her Leg!


Where to find

You can buy the book at (also Canada), or via .

Or think about checking it out from your library.

Pros: Wil tug at your heart!

Cons: Only 11 stories - you'll want more!

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