Interview: Mim Eichler Rivas, Coauthor of Piglet – The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family
With us today is esteemed author and animal lover, whose brilliant biographical books have been adapted into powerful films, such as Pursuit of Happiness and Antwone Fisher. And perhaps most importantly she is the mama to a Jack Russell Terrier. 🙂 Welcome to the show, Mim Eichler Rivas!
Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family
In the tradition of the beloved New York Times bestsellers Marley and Me and Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog.
When Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro gets a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy rescued from a hoarding situation in need of fostering, she doesn’t hesitate to say, “yes.” Little does she know how that decision will transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to embrace the saga of the indomitable pink pup.
One of the most anxious dogs Melissa had ever encountered, the traumatized Piglet weighed under two pounds upon his welcome into the Shapiro household—which included Melissa’s husband Warren and their three college-aged kids, plus six other rescued dogs. After weeks of reassurance, and lots of love, Piglet connected, gained confidence, and his extraordinary spirit emerged. Melissa soon forged a powerful bond with Piglet, allowing the two to communicate without sound or visual cues.
The Beautiful Jim Key
or a century, this astonishing, true story of an American hero who rose to international fame a century ago, spurring a significant shift in human consciousness, has been buried in history. What made him different from other men and women who change the course of history is that he wasn’t a man or a woman. Beautiful Jim Key was a horse.
Trained by self-taught veterinarian “Dr.” William Key, with only kindness and patience, Jim was an educated horse, whose abilities to read, spell, do math, and more, made him more valuable than any racehorse of his time. Together with Doc Key –- an ex-slave, Civil War veteran, horse whisperer, entrepreneur, perhaps the most famous African-American of his day –- Jim became the number one box office star in the nation and energized the worldwide animal welfare movement, making the phrase “be kind to animals” a household ideal.
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