This request came via email. Maybe you can help.
My name is Karen Cornish and I’m a freelance journalist specialising in pets. I’ve been commissioned by PetPeople (the magazine for PetPlan insurance) to write an article on disabled pets and I’m hoping you can help me?
This is the brief I’ve been given…
“Tripods and heroes
Many pets live happily with disabilities thanks to dedicated, caring owners, with clubs and forums actively celebrating their unique status – hence the ‘tripod’ nickname for three-legged cats. Please provide some context as to why these pets are so celebrated and cherished before highlighting some lovely examples of happy pets living well with a disability. Please include brief advice from the Disabled Animal Club on how to support a pet with a common disability, for example, how to adapt training for a dog that has become deaf, or physio for helping pets who have lost a leg.
If you can find specific cases studies, including decent photos, that would be excellent – even better if any of them are Petplan customers and made an insurance claim following the accident or illness that left them disabled. The Disabled Animal Club may be able to help you source these.”
I am hoping you can help with some general advice (or point me in the right direction) as well as helping to find some case studies? PetPeople are keen for me to lead with a three-legged cat if possible. They’ve only given me a week for this so if you can help I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible!
Writer, editor and proofreader