Ridgefield Library Online Author Talk: PIGLET: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and his Family

On Wednesday, August 11th at 7:00 pm, Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common and ROAR will present an online author talk with Melissa Shapiro, in conversation with Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Referee, Dan Schachner.

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.

Piglet is a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable dog. Piglet’s infectiously positive mindset has made him a global sensation on social media! Curious, engaged, and incredibly eager to learn, Piglet quickly became part of the family, which includes Melissa’s husband, Warren, three children, and many rescued dogs and birds.

Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a veterinarian and lifelong animal welfare advocate. Her nonprofit organization, Piglet International Inc., supports the Piglet Mindset International 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.

Please register at ridgefieldlibrary.org to receive the Zoom link.

Books are available for purchase at Books on the Common and will include a signed bookplate with Melissa’s signature and Piglet’s paw print – while supplies last! Call or email the store (203) 431-9100; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order. Books can also be purchased at bookshop.org/shop/botc. Bookplates must be requested separately via email to the store for Bookshop orders.


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