Named one of the best feel-good books of 2021 by The Washington Post
“Piglet is a social media superstar. But before that, he was a two-pound deaf, blind pup without a home. Shapiro, a veterinarian, took him in and fell in love. This sweet story details Piglet’s transformation from a traumatized, anxious puppy into a confident, spirited pink dog and his new family.”
– The Washington Post
“A puppy with a purpose, Piglet teaches us the power of love and kindness.”
– Good Morning America
“Piglet is just getting started on his quest to make the world a better place.”
"Shapiro’s personal tale will inspire even the most time-pressed among us to take time out for the pups — and people — that matter."
– Zibby Owens, The Washington Post
“A little dog with a big following,helping students learn a powerful lesson about acceptance.”
– Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News
"Such a beautiful, inspiring story of Piglet, and his loving, patient human mom and veterinarian, Melissa Shapiro. This story will warm your heart and brings to life how this beautiful dog came into the Shaprio family with his own purpose. Through sheer love and dedication, Piglet no longer lives in a world of total darkness.
This story touched my heart and soul in such a profound way, as it reminded to me how my sweet, blind, and deaf 5-pound poodle, Emma, is happy, content, and loves her precious life too."
– Laura Schroff, #1 internationally and bestselling author of An Invisible Thread
“I never thought I would call a book about a dog and their caring and compassionate humans a page-turner. However, I was wrong and pleasantly surprised that Melissa Shapiro's riveting Cinderella story of a tiny deaf blind pink pup called Piglet, who surely would have died had not human hands and hearts intervened, took me on this unexpected joyride. Suffice it to say, Piglet is a beautiful and inspirational story about a beautiful and inspirational dog and his beautiful and inspirational humans who all can be viewed as poster beings who enrich our lives by embracing kindness, compassion, and love when the easy way out would have been to say something like, "This is hopeless." Feeling hopeless? Pick up this book, savor its heartwarming messages, and share it widely. It is that good.”
– Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What they Do and A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs In a World Without Humans (with Jessica Pierce)
“Piglet—a pink, blind, and deaf puppy—inspires others to overcome the odds.”
“Sometimes we need a little inspiration to remember to never give up. . . . And a little deaf and blind puppy named Piglet is just that inspiration.”
“Educators and their students, animal advocacy groups, his legion of social media friends, and now readers of this book, will continue to be inspired by Piglet and his pack face each new challenge with resilience. Including serious factual details as needed while creating an emotional bond with touches of sorrow and joy, this book will rightly gain its canine influencer new followers.”
"The heartwarming journey of how Piglet gained confidence and now helps others face their own challenges. Each page of Piglet’s story shows the power of empathy, love and kindness—it’s a joyful respite that is certain to inspire."
– Woman's World Magazine
Shapiro and Piglet’s uplifting odyssey, cowritten by Eichler-Rivas (The Pursuit of Happyness), is touching, emotional, and not to be missed.”
– Library Journal (starred review)
I worked with Lassie for many years, one of the most heroic dogs the world has known. I never thought a profoundly disabled, one-pound pink puppy could rival her. But little Piglet does just that, overcoming enormous obstacles to raise awareness for fellow animals in need of rescue, Vet Melissa Shapiro's story of adopting and training Piglet is sweet, funny and very emotional...and above all, entertaining. And just like my adventures with Lassie, Piglet's tale is a love story. Knowing him will enrich your life.
– Jon Provost, Timmy on Lassie and author of Timmy's in the Well