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disabled critters in literature and TV

Postby critters » Wed May 20, 2009 4:37 pm

I just came by to do this and saw the "Almost Pefect" post. Too funny!

If you have the capability, just add your books to the list. If you don't, post them below and somebody else will add them. At some point I want to search this bb for those we came up with earlier.

Blind
Two Bobbies, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery--children--a blind cat following Hurricane Katrina (true)
The Trouble With Tuck, Theodore Taylor--children--dog losing his sight
Brave Norman: A True Story, Andrew Clements--kids--Norman saves a kid from drowning http://www.amazon.com/Brave-Norman-Stor ... 762&sr=1-5
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper http://www.amazon.com/Homers-Odyssey-Gw ... t_ep_dpt_1
Antiques Maul (part of a mystery series) realistic depiction of main character's blind, diabetic (but active) Shih Tzu http://www.amazon.com/Antiques-Maul-Tre ... 399&sr=1-1

Deaf
The Grannyman, Judith Shachner--children--cat deaf with old age
Dogs of Dreamtime: A Story About Second Chances and the Power of Love, Karen Shanley--adult--lethal white Aussie. http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Dreamtime-St ... 164&sr=1-1

Amputee
Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon books--adult--starting with Deep South Anna's dog Taco is a tripod. A series I very much enjoy, and a tripod is a bonus.
http://www.amazon.com/Deep-South-Anna-P ... n_edpp_url
Walkin' The Dog, Walter Mosley--adult--bipod dog
Tigger and Friends, Dennis Hamley--children--three-legged cat
Nothing Wrong With a Three-Legged Dog, Graham McNamee--children--three-legged dog
Annie Loses Her Leg But Finds Her Way, Sandra Philipson--children--three-legged dog
Forever Home, Sandra Philipson--children--three-legged dog
Winter's Tail: How One LIttle Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, Juliana Hatkoff--children--dolphin gets a prosthetic tail

Paralyzed/cart
Wheely Willy series, Deborah Turner--children--wheelchair chihuahua (true)
Gretchen the Bicycle Dog, Anita Heyman--children--wheechair dachshund
Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog, Barbara Techel--children--wheelchair dachshund
Shorty Stories, Wanda Jean Dudley--children--wheelchair doxie-beagle mix
The "Tail" of Rugby Jones: A Rascal's Journey From Disability to Ability , Claudia Broome, wheelchair Corgi http://www.amazon.com/Tail-Rugby-Jones- ... 619&sr=1-1

Other
J.T., Jane Wagner--supposedly for kids--one-eyed, injured cat. You're warned--have crying towels, snot rags, etc. at the ready. Like my review says, I can't remember the last time I cried so much over a book--not even Harry Potter!! http://www.amazon.com/J-T-Jane-Wagner/d ... 083&sr=1-1
Scent of the Missing An ancient deaf-blind Pommie has a large role in raising Puzzle, the SAR-dog-to-be http://www.amazon.com/Scent-Missing-Par ... r-mr-title
Wild Beau and Her Kittens, one-eyed homeless mama cat. Good rescue/humane themes & happy ending. http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Beau-Her-Kit ... 595&sr=1-1
Houston, The Cleft Palate Puppy Very realistic fictional depiction of cleft lip/palate in a puppy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKQ5OCC/?ie ... e=as3&camp =211163&creative=375279&creativeASIN=B00BKQ5OCC&tag=false
Katy The One-Eyed Cat http://www.amazon.com/One-Eyed-Beautifu ... e-eyed+cat Terriific picture book

Multi-category
Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... R&v=glance
Extraordinary Dogs: Inspirational Stories of Dogs with Disabilities, Joyce Darrell
The House of a Million Pets by Ann Hodgman http://www.amazon.com/House-Million-Pet ... 446&sr=1-1 She belongs here at HP. :lol:
The Ruthlessness of Cats and Dogs, http://www.amazon.com/The-Ruthlessness- ... ss+of+cats It's fiction, but it has 2 tripods (cat and dog) AND a cart dog as named characters in varying degrees of importance. Funny.
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Postby CarolC » Thu May 21, 2009 9:03 pm

Went back to find my old message where I had posted a bunch of children's books and cannot find it. I don't understand, I remember posting the title and cover art for Nothing Wrong With a Three-Legged Dog several times, but can't find it now...still looking. Where's the smiley with a magnifying glass and deerstalker...?
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Re: disabled critters in literature and TV

Postby critters » Sat May 23, 2009 11:20 am

:hysterical:

Great additions, too!! I know another blind one, but I keep forgetting the title...
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Postby critters » Thu May 28, 2009 3:05 pm

BTW, I have Almost Perfect on order with Ammy.
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Postby critters » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:42 am

Almost Perfect came yesterday, and I can't recommend it. :(

Here's my review. http://www.amazon.com/review/R21OYQQ3NM ... r_rdp_perm
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Postby critters » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:37 pm

My review of Brave Norman:

I feel like I should do a disclaimer here: I have particular interest in thrown away critters with disabilities; I have a houseful of them!

With that said, "Brave Norman" is a GREAT book. It not only touches on animal shelters and how critters with disabilities are treated ("Are you sure you want to keep him?" p. 3), but Norman is shown as essentially normal despite his blindness. Then Norman even gets to be the hero by rescuing a little girl who was drowning, not only DESPITE his blindness but probably BECAUSE of it (he heard her cries and responded when the humans didn't notice).

I can't find a single thing here to even think about taking a star away. PERFECT!!!!
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Postby CarolC » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:27 am

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper. I heard the tail end of the author interview on the radio, it sounds really good.

http://www.amazon.com/Homers-Odyssey-Gw ... t_ep_dpt_1

Use this link for the hardcover, because when you use keyword on Amazon you only get CD or Kindle.
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Postby critters » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:23 pm

Oooooo, sounds GREAT! Maybe I can get it from Vine Thursday, if there are any left. If not, I might just have to buy it. :mrgreen:

BTW, I also have Trouble with Tuck, but it'll be awhile before I read it-- I'm not up to Braille books that big yet. :D
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Postby critters » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:39 am

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Postby Bobbie » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:06 pm

There is a comic strip called Buckles that has a wheelchair dog named Lester in it.

http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/buckles.asp?date=20090819

Kurt Unkelbach wrote a book about a one-eyed Lab named Peanut but I'm sure it is out of print. Good book as the young owner trained him for obedience competition.

I'll have to think of whether I know of any others.
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Postby critters » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:31 pm

Review of Homer's Odyssey

Disclaimer: I have innumerable disabled critters, including one blinded by herpes, like Homer.

4 1/2 stars
I enjoyed "Homer's Odyssey" and the message about saving "less than perfect" critters, but I have to admit that I found his mom's overprotectiveness in the beginning very annoying. I found myself wanting to say, "Let the baby LIVE! Let him have a life!! Running, jumping, and climbing WON'T hurt him!!" and the like. I also admit to being very, very relieved that Homer didn't die during the course of the book, because I don't think I could've stood it at that point. I have to say that the moving-cats-by-airplane story was one I've never heard the likes of before!! Her 9/11 story was also a perspective I hadn't actually heard reported up until now.

"Homer's Odyssey" is a must-read for critter people, especially cat-people!
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Postby Bobbie » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:37 pm

Oh, almost forgot, there is a book called 'Dogs of Dreamtime" which has a deaf Aussie. I liked the book although it has some unhappy parts.
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Postby critters » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:28 pm

Best Friends to get 10% of the authors' earnings from Two Bobbies. http://news.bestfriends.org/index.cfm?p ... ale+Ending
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Postby critters » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:15 pm

Bobbie wrote:
Kurt Unkelbach wrote a book about a one-eyed Lab named Peanut but I'm sure it is out of print. Good book as the young owner trained him for obedience competition.
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OK, I got the other one, but I kept forgetting to tell you that I couldn't ever find so much as a title for this one.
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Postby CarolC » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:08 pm

The Dog Who Never Knew

I found it through abebooks.com Here are two listings:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDet ... 54%26y%3D8

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDet ... 1%26y%3D13
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