Nov. 12, 2003
Alma Edith Welch used a tragedy in her life to shape a book she hopes will help someone else.
A serious disabling accident forced Welch into an early retirement. Instead of dwelling on her physical pain, she turned her thoughts to writing about her three poodle companions, who were by her side every moment.
First published in 1978, Welch describes "Always a Mimi A True Poodle Story" as a saga of comedy, tears and laughter. Welch tells of her lifetime of experience with her poodles, their problems and her successful handling of each.
In 1979, Welch appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" in a segment called, "So, You Want to Write a Book?"
From the death of her first poodle, and the surprise acquisition of her second poodle, the story centers around Mimi and her two little offspring, Gigi and Fifi.
The last chapter, "My Poodles' Home Guide," is alphabetized from A to Z and has 166 entries including allergies, blood tests, communication, diagnostic clinic, housebreaking, obedience, puppy care and traveling.
Welch was born on a farm in Mississippi. She graduated from Columbia Bible College in South Carolina with a degree in Biblical education. She has taught high school and was a successful career woman with a major educational publisher.
Welch resided in Pasadena, Calif., for many years and now lives in Toomsuba.
Book: "Always a Mimi A True Poodle Story"
How to order: Available at both Bible Bookstore locations in Meridian, Fishes &Loaves, and Bows &Toes Pet Grooming. Autographed copies available on request.
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