Catch Up With Author Shawn Messonnier

Learn more about the inspiration behind his book ?Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.?

By Stacy N. Hackett | Posted: April 7, 2010, 3 a.m. EST

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Cat Fancy Magazine talks with Shawn Messonnier about his book "Unexpected Miracles"
What was the inspiration behind the book?
Every day, I see cats whose owners tell me that their veterinarians are not able to help their pets. Many of these cats are diagnosed with horrible diseases such as cancer, and the prognosis given by the current veterinarian is not good. Many times the owners are told that there is no hope for these cats and that they should take their pets home, returning them in a few days or a few weeks when it's time to euthanize the pet. These owners are hopeless and are looking for someone and some form of care that can offer them some hope for their beloved pets. My book is filled with stories of these owners and their pets who refused to accept a hopeless diagnosis and prognosis, instead seeking a more natural form of therapy that could help their pets. While the book is called "Unexpected Miracles" - because the positive response seen in these “hopeless” pets is unexpected for the owners -- in fact I see these miracles happening every day when we remain open-minded to the infinite possibilities that each pet can be healed using the proper therapy.

Shawn Messonnier,DVM
Shawn Messonnier, DVM
What was the most difficult part of writing the book?
Finding the time to write! I'm a busy veterinarian, and even though I try to write each day, sometimes the amount of work at my hospital is overwhelming and it is difficult to squeeze in a little bit of time to actually do the hard work of writing.

What was the most rewarding part of writing the book?
Knowing that pet owners who read this book will be inspired to choose natural therapies for their pets and see miracles. My goal with each book or article I write is to make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners, and to positively change the way we view health care for ourselves and our pets.

What type of feedback have you received so far?
Extremely positive feedback! Pet owners who read "Unexpected Miracles" are encouraged and inspired to never give up. While the book does produce a variety of emotions among readers, including causing some readers to be moved to tears, all of the readers receive inspiration, encouragement and positive feelings of hope as they read each true story of healing.

What is your writing process?
For this particular book, which was my easiest and most fun one to write to date, I simply sat at the computer and began writing stories of my most memorable cases. I rarely have writer’s block and usually find it quite easy to put my thoughts into words on the printed page. And with a book like this, it was very easy to share my thoughts. Probably the hardest part of writing the book was making sure I conveyed the emotions that pet owners and I experienced as we saw the miracles of natural healing happening in front of our own eyes.

Do you have any other books?
Yes. My most popular book is "The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats," an encyclopedia that teaches pet owners everything they need to know about hundreds of natural therapies for their pets. Many people also find the book helpful when deciding how to feed their pets, whether choosing a commercially prepared food or using one of the many diets and recipes listed in the book.

The next book I plan to release is tentatively titled "The Arthritis Solution for Dogs and Cats." Many people, including veterinarians, do not realize how common arthritis is in older cats, and unfortunately many cats suffer from this painful condition because it is never properly diagnosed and treated. Fortunately, arthritis in cats is easily treated using a variety of natural therapies, and our older cats no longer have to suffer from this debilitating problem.

Do you own a cat or other pets?
Yes. I have a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Rita, a Ragdoll cat named Dysa, and a new tuxedo kitten named Willow.

Do your pets influence your writing?
Yes, from the perspective that I want all of the readers of my books to be able to give their pets the same wonderful health we give our pets by using natural therapies.

Stacy N. Hackett shares her Southern California home with two adorable Cornish Rex cats, Carson and Evita, and a playful tabby named Jackson.

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