PIGLET: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family - Book Launch with Melissa Shapiro!
Tue, August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
When Westport veterinarian Melissa Shapiro got a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy in need of fostering, she didn’t hesitate to 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....
Please join Melissa Shapiro, in conversation with best-selling author Christina Hunger, for the launch of her book, based on this extraordinary journey... 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 comes a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog. Piglet’s infectiously positive mindset rapidly evolved into a global sensation, and Piglet now has almost half a million followers on his combined platforms and has been featured in PEOPLE Magazine, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Woman’s World, CBS News, The Dodo, and more.
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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 Connecticut with her husband Warren, six rescued dogs, three rescued birds, and Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy.
Christina Hunger, MA CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and the New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Learned to Talk. She pioneered a new avenue of interspecies communication by being the first person to teach a dog to “talk” using augmentative communication. She is the founder and CEO of Hunger for Words, a movement dedicated to giving everyone who understands language the tools to communicate. Hunger’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CBS Sunday Morning, and has inspired thousands of dog owners around the world to give their own pets a way to use words. Hunger has a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from Northern Illinois University and has professional expertise in teaching children with significant speech and language disorders to talk using communication devices. Christina lives with her husband Jake, and her dog, Stella.