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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

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

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Eleven authors from three countries -- some veteran writers and others fresh, new voices -- share true-life tales of courage and inspiration from unexpected places.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Enspirio House, an imprint of Word Forge Books; First edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977132927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977132928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Castleman on January 8, 2009
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Almost Perfect is not just another warm and fuzzy collection of stories about pets. It is an important contribution to the millions of people who have pets and to those who are considering adopting one. Just as more and more people are adopting children with special needs and finding the experience a transcendent one of giving and receiving love, so are those who share their lives with disabled animals finding it profoundly heart-opening and spiritually joyful. The authors of Almost Perfect have a remarkable knack for conveying their relationships with these wonderful pets and I strongly recommend this book.
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This book was so inspiring! I read it cover to cover in one sitting, making for a warm and cozy afternoon. There's a nice variety of well-written stories. If you love your pets you'll love this book.
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What a delightful book of inspiring stories. You'll go from tears to smiles and won't want to put the book down.
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I really enjoyed reading "Almost Perfect" The stories were well written and you could feel the love these people had for their pets through the words they used. It really expresses what all people feel when they have had a pet especially over a number of years.My family and myself have had a number of dogs over the years and we were always very attatched to them. When they left this world the grief and sadness we felt is hard to describe.
These stories are different from my situation in that the owners were dealing with pets who had disabilities. Caring for their pets required so much of their time which they gave so unselfishly. These stories sum up what the word "love' really means.We read and hear so many stories about the bad things that us humans can do. This book really lifted my spirits. It shows that there are still plenty of people who live their lives as good,caring individuals. We as a society need to focus more on the "good" people in our world and not get discouraged by the "bad".Reading this book is a great example of how to do that.
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I bought this book because a friend had a story published in it. My friend lives on a Greek island where, besides being a wonderfully creative author, she has a gazillion pets. I expected to love her story. I did. I also loved every other story in the book. What a great treat. Great gift idea.
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Mary Shafer has brought together a stellar group of tales recounting the joys of letting an "Almost Perfect" animal into your life. These dogs, cats, and even rats, who have what we humans might call handicaps, simply go on living and bringing delight to their two-legged friends. Whether their lives are long or sadly short, their stories will bring a smile - and perhaps a tear - to you. Highly recommended!
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I met the author when I bought the book at the Collingswood Book Festival. She autographed a copy for me, and I couldn't wait to get home to read it. In fact, I curled up on the front porch that afternoon and read the whole book from cover to cover in just one sitting...well, I must admit that I did have to take a tissue break...definitely a "two tissue read!" I laughed, I cried...I was just so inspired by all of those animals and their humans! What incredible stories of stength, courage, tenacity and love! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone whether they are an animal lover or not. It is a truly wonderful read! I'm hoping that Mary Shafer has a lot more stories to tell.
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This book was very uplifiting and had wonderful,heartwarming stories. All of these animals portrayed have so much of a gift and lesson to teach all that even animal with disabilities can lead happy, healthy lives. People should take this to heart and adopt more animals from shelters and rescue groups - that have special needs. The animals are just that much more appreciative and fantastic. I previously owned one that had 1 ear and a condition called Degenerative Myelopathy (causes paralysis of the back legs). He was my soulmate!
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