August 11th @ 7:00PM:   Please join us for this very special Zoom author talk with veterinarian Melissa Shapiro in conversation with Dan Schachner, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Referee, in a program co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Books On the Common and ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue).

In the tradition of the beloved New York Times bestsellers Marley and Me and Oogy, The Dog Only a Family Could Love comes PIGLET: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family by Melissa Shapiro, DVM with Mim Eichler Rivas, a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog.

When Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro first learned of a tiny deaf blind pink puppy in need of fostering, she couldn’t help but say, “yes.” Little did she know how that decision would transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to embrace the saga of the indomitable pink pup. Using his social media celebrity status, Piglet and his Inclusion Pack have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue organizations, particularly those that help rescue and care for pets with disabilities.  An embodiment of the unexpected rewards that come from giving more of ourselves, PIGLET brings together this heartwarming story of one special little puppy with a purpose to teach the power of empathy, love, and kindness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a veterinarian, lifelong animal welfare advocate, and mom to three children and many disabled rescued dogs and birds. Since bringing Piglet home in 2017, she has used his social media platform to educate, advocate, and inspire others to adopt pets with special needs. Her nonprofit organization, Piglet International Inc, supports the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach, a free downloadable educational program that teaches growth mindset, acceptance, inclusion, empathy, and kindness to students and others in the community, as well as various animal rights causes. She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband Warren, six rescued dogs, three rescued birds, and Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy.

This program is part of the Ridgefield Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Please register to receive your Zoom link for the program.