We’re delighted to announce that our event with Melissa Shapiro will now be in person! Melissa will be accompanied by Piglet himself, Piglet's Favorite Dad, and a couple of his pack buddies. Melissa will be in conversation with local Plainville teacher Tricia Fregeau, who coined the term “Piglet Mindset”. Following their discussion, Piglet will demonstrate his tap signals, followed by an audience Q & A and book signing.
Here are more details about the event:
- All books purchased at the event will come with a book plate with Piglet’s paw print. If you would like to get your book personalized by Melissa, she will be more than happy to sign and personalize copies. All books will come with Piglet’s paw print.
- You can take photos of Piglet while he does his presentation, and during the book signing. Posed photos, or touching Piglet, is not allowed. We need to be very respectful of Piglet, and maintain social distancing.
- Piglet and his pack members are the only dogs allowed at the event, with the exception of service dogs.
- All attendees will be required to wear masks at all times, no exceptions.
In this Unlikely event, Melissa Shapiro will discuss her inspirational memoir PIGLET: THE UNEXPECTED STORY OF A DEAF, BLIND, PINK PUPPY AND HIS FAMILY. Fans of MARLEY AND ME will adore PIGLET! Melissa Shapiro is a veterinarian and a lifelong animal welfare advocate. 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. "Piglet Mindset" was coined right here in Plainville, MA, by local elementary school teacher Tricia Fregeau, who will join Melissa for this event. During the event, Melissa and Piglet will take our Unlikely Second Story stage, discuss Piglet's story, and answer questions. Save your spot in the free event below.
Purchase PIGLET from An Unlikely Story to receive an autographed bookplate from Melissa, which will include a custom stamp made of Piglet’s actual paw print, so the bookplates will also be paw-tograhed by Piglet in pink ink! View the adorable bookplate below!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Two months later, when the day arrived to say good-bye to the now dashing, six-pound pink boy dog with the larger than life spirit, Melissa faced a heart-wrenching decision. Could she hand him over to someone willing to give Piglet the full-time attention he required or could she adapt her schedule and her household to make a permanent place for him in her life and work? Of course, the answer was simple: love would find a way.
Curious, engaged, and incredibly eager to learn, Piglet quickly became part of the family. What started out as a few simple Facebook posts of Piglet and his pack rapidly evolved into a global celebration of Piglet’s infectiously positive mindset. Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family fully illustrates 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, a 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.