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Oscar is Natalie's furry muse . . .

Oscar does many things. He helps watch over his little sister. He keeps the Tempur-Pedic bed nice and warm at night and he helps his Mommy write by sitting on her feet, under her desk. But Oscar has done more than be Natalie C. Markey’s personal assistant. On her latest project he served as her inspiration.

Oscar lives with epilepsy and takes medication twice a day to monitor his condition. Thanks to Oscar, Natalie learned what it takes to successfully care for a special needs dog and wants to help others do the same. That’s why she wrote her first book, Caring For A Special Needs Dog, which releases TODAY–SNOOPY-DANCE-‘O-JOY! Doncha just love when that happens?

I had the honor to review the book even before it hit the shelves. This is an uplifting and practical book that provides down to earth simple advice. It’s easier than you think to live with a disabled dog. Natalie didn’t stop with her own experiences–she reached out to others and the book shares real life tips from families that make it work.

Of course, the vet is the go-to resource when caring for any pet, and Natalie sings the praises of those who helped Oscar. But it’s in the owners’ power to improve their dog’s quality of life, despite a medical condition. One of my favorite parts of the book is Natalie sharing how to prepare your special needs dog for your human baby, and the benefits of having children participate in the dog’s care as they grow up together. Made my tail wag!

Natalie is a fellow Texan, and Oscar received help from a Lone Star facility, so I’m also thrilled that a percentage of the profits from “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” go to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine.

Markey is a nine-year seasoned freelance journalist. She writes for several local and National publications including her Pet To Publishing blog, and a regular column on, Special Needs Dog Care Examiner. After a professional career in PR and Communications she now writes non-fiction and fiction full time. This Texan and Baylor University graduate currently writes from a forest in Arkansas where she gets support for her husband, daughter and, of course, Oscar.

Do you have an “imperfect pet?” The Magical-Dawg would never let such a thing slow him down. Seren-Kitty hisses at the thought anyone would DARE consider her less-than-purr-fection. They both have stellar vet care, but if need be, I’d go to a specialist for extra help the way Natalie did for Oscar. Heck, my cutting-edge book has a list of the top vets all over the country!

Where would you draw the line? A “tripod” pet with only three legs? or one needing a wheelchair? A blind or deaf cat? Incontinent old dog or diabetic feline? Please share YOUR special-but-imperfect-pet experiences . . . and why you’d do it again (or what challenges others need to know).

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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  1. Congratulations to Natalie on the new book. I know my son has a dog that requires a lot of work and he’ll definitely use it.


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