A Deaf Parrot

It’s 2016,  and you probably thought I was going to list my goals for the new year, etc. There’s many posts on those subject so instead I’m blogging about my recent trip to Ireland and the animals that inspired this post.

While staying in County Wexford, Ireland, I noticed that many Irish people, young or old, alone or in families, were walking dogs. Particularly, dogs with disabilities. I witnessed an older dog missing one eye still wagging his tail at strangers. He limped slowly in the sand to retrieve a ball thrown by his patient and kind owner, an elderly woman.


Animals with disabilities are frequently overlooked. People would prefer a healthy puppy. But consider adopting an animal with a disability when choosing your next pet.


petswithdisabilities.org beautifully states: “Because their spirits aren’t broken.”

In my Christmas novella, A Snowy White Christmas, Margaret Snow, the heroine, adopts pets with disabilities. She’s a former swimsuit model with a generous heart. In the novella, her menagerie includes a deaf parrot and blind kitten.


A Snowy White Christmas is available at the following in ebook or print:





Author Josie Riviera lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com
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6 Responses to A Deaf Parrot

  1. Barbara Monajem says:

    My friends in Northern Ireland have a cat with three legs. She gets along marvelously well.

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  2. nitethyme says:

    A Snowy White Christmas sounds like a delightful read. The pictures of the disabled animals were so touching. Linda

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  3. Josie says:

    Barbara, My daughter is at university in Northern Ireland. This time dh and I stayed in Wexford, the “sunny south” of Ireland. Hah!

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  4. Josie says:

    Thanks, Linda.


  5. marymarvella says:

    Very interesting post!

    Liked by 1 person

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