In her debut book, “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” writer Natalie C. Markey is writing what she knows and loves. She uses her writing to convey a message to dog owners— special needs dogs are not a challenge, they’re a blessing.
Why did you want to write this book?
It was much more like a need to write this book. I found myself successfully caring for a special needs dog and I was in a career, in which I could use the information I was experiencing everyday to educate others. When my dog, Oscar was diagnosed with epilepsy I looked at books on special needs dogs. I found so many books on the topic but they were all from a professional veterinarian’s perspective. Of course, vets are an important component to any pet’s care, but owners have power too. My vet got Oscar on the right medication but I’ve learned simple, around the house tips to care for him at home maintain that non-special needs quality of life.
Why did you decide to interview other families?
As much as I love Oscar, I didn’t want this book to be about him. I wanted readers to see how other dog owners are caring for their special needs dog. Each dog is different and special in his or her own right. What works for Oscar, may not work for your dog. So I wanted to incorporate different kinds of disabilities and different points of views into the book. That way I had a better chance of giving or showing some advice that would help readers.
Why did you decide to give a percentage of the profits to charity?
I knew when I started writing this book that I wanted it to benefit a charity in some way. This book is about making a difference and The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine makes a huge difference to the animal community each year. I am happy to give a percentage of profits to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine.
What do you hope people take away from this book?
I want people to understand that they can make a difference in their dog’s life. That caring for a special needs dog doesn’t have to be hard. For however much work you put into to your dog, they give back in so many ways. Don’t give up on your dog because they won’t give up on you.
Natalie is a nine-year seasoned freelance journalist. She writes for several local and National publications including a regular column on Examiner.com, Special Needs Dog Care Examiner. After a professional career in PR and Communications she now writes non-fiction and fiction full time from a forest in Arkansas. She lives with her supportive husband, daughter and, of course, Oscar. Follow her at her blog Natalie C. Markey- Pen to Publish.