From Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul


Vickie Lynne Agee earned her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Brigham Young University in 1982. She has taught in these two fields for the past fourteen years. Currently, she teaches seventh-grade English at Columbiana Middle School, near Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys freelance writing in her spare time.

George Baker, D.V.M., has been in a general rural veterinary practice for thirty-four years. His primary area of expertise is with horses. He is currently accumulating material for a book he plans to write about his years of practice, particularly special patients he has come to know.

Jan K. Stewart Bass is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and author of the award-winning book, At Home in the Heartland: Seasons of Serenity. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women and founder of Stillmeadow Society of Iowa. You may contact her at 119 Upland Dr., Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

Gregg Bassett is the founder and president of The Squirrel Lover’s Club as well as the editor of the club’s newsletter, In a Nutshell. The international club serves the interests of squirrels and squirrel lovers and can be reached at 318 W. Fremont Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126, or by calling 630-833-1117.

Christine E. Belleris is the editorial director at Health Communications, Inc. (HCI), the publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. A native of Denver, Colorado, she now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband, Jeff, and their animal family: Wilma, a loving mixed-breed dog; Rufus, a spirited gray tabby cat; and Isis, a snow-white 21-year-old kitty. A devoted animal lover, Christine spends her spare time feeding and finding homes for the parade of stray animals that seem to find their way to the HCI offices.

Jean Brody is a national magazine columnist, Kentucky newspaper columnist, creative writing teacher and a public motivational/inspirational speaker. She lives with her husband, a Newfoundland dog, three cats and a pet Nubian goat on their Thoroughbred horse farm, Jean & Gene Farm. Jean has published dozens of short stories, articles and Braille Me, a compilation of her published work.

Carolyn Butler, directs Changes: The Support for People and Pets Program at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She coauthored The Human-Animal Bond and Grief and Friends for Life: Loving and Losing Your Animal Companion and owns World by the Tail, Inc., the producers of ClayPaws, the original paw print kit.

Leona Campbell has written for the Idaho Outdoors magazine, Valley News, Country Woman magazine, Idaho Statesman Newspaper and Poet Voices magazine. Leona is a 1994 graduate of the Christian Writer’s Institute. She is presently writing a book entitled Talk to God: He Listens 24 Hours a Day.

Cerie L. Couture, D.V.M., is a veterinarian in Norwich, Vermont. She enjoys running with her Shetland sheepdog, Mollie, and hiking in the Green Mountains with her family. She can be reached at 253 River Rd., Norwich, VT 05055.

Paul C. Dahm holds a B.S. and a master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is active in civil rights, was a charter member of NOW, and has been a Dodger fan since the arrival of Jackie Robinson. He is a practicing grief counselor.

Angel Di Benedetto is an internationally recognized Guild Certified Feldenkrais Trainer originally from Manhattan. Through The Feldenkrais Method, her teaching focuses on developing creativity to enhance artistic expression, self-confidence, personal awareness and one’s quality of life. She can be reached in South Florida at 305-661-5227, or by fax at 305-669-4350, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Karen Del Tufo was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended John Adams High School and Brookdale Community College, and graduated from the Long Ridge Writers Group. She has published poems in the Selected Works of Our Worlds Best Poets, Great Poems of Our Times, The Hale House Newsletter, The International Society of Authors and Artists and local newspapers.

Robin Downing, D.V.M., is owner of Windsor Veterinary Clinic, PC, in Windsor, Colorado, a progressive veterinary practice accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. She is a well-known speaker and trainer who was named the Up and Coming Veterinarian of the Year for the state of Colorado in 1995, and who in 1996 was named the Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year in North America. Dr. Downing shares her home and clinic with an assortment of animals, including ten cats, three dogs, several birds, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a hedgehog and a gray squirrel.

Judy Doyle has been adopting and rescuing parrots and educating the public about them for over ten years. She visits elementary schools with her feathered friends and writes for local bird club publications on care and nutrition for healthier and happier parrots.

S. C. Edwards, born into the world as “Robert,” credits his two sons and their wonderment with this earth as his driving force. Edwards believes that everyone needs to surround themselves with kindred in order to touch the soul of humankind. A Harley-riding jack-of-all-trades, he is now a middle manager for corporate America.

Janet Foley, D.V.M., is a small-animal practitioner in Northern Virginia. She shares her home with her husband and three cats. In her spare time, she writes stories about her adventures in small-animal practice and about her pets.

Toni Fulco has authored over 150 articles, stories and poems in national magazines and anthologies. She raises cockatiels at home and is known locally as “the bird lady” for her affectionate, talkative, hand-fed babies. Toni can be reached at 89 Penn Estates, E. Stroudsburg, PA 18301, or by calling 717-421-3417.

David Giannelli has been a New York City fireman since 1975 and has been involved in numerous human and animal rescues. David has always been an animal lover and worked in a veterinary hospital when he was a teenager, when he first learned about animal behavior. He can be reached at Ladder Co. 175, Engine 332, 165 Bradford St., Brooklyn, NY 11207.

Bill Goss is a highly sought-after professional speaker and author of The Luckiest Unlucky Man Alive. Bill’s inspiring and hilarious true story about a garbage man who becomes a Navy pilot has been featured internationally on radio and television shows such as Extra, The 700 Club and KIIS 102.7. Contact him at P.O. Box 7060, Orange Park, FL 32073, or by calling 904-278-8900. His Web site is

Bonnie Compton Hanson, writer/speaker, is coauthor of three books plus hundreds of published poems and articles. Her family includes husband Don, sons, grandsons, cats, birds and possums! You can reach Bonnie at 3330 S. Lowell St., Santa Ana, CA 92707; phone 714-751-7824; e-mail [email protected]

Earl Holliman is the president of Actors and Others for Animals. If you would like further information please write him at 11523 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601-2309.

Bill Holton is graciously allowed to share his home with three demanding yet adorable Siamese cats and his demanding yet adorable wife, Tara. Bill is a freelance writer from Richmond, Virginia. When not feverishly begging magazine editors for assignments, he actually dreams of retiring to the Florida Keys, where he will concentrate his boundless energy on fishing. He can be reached at [email protected]

Roma Ihnatowycz is a journalist who worked four years as a correspondent in Kiev, initially for United Press International and then for the Associated Press. Roma is currently writing a book on Ukrainian cuisine and can be reached at 72 Sunnylea Ave. E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8Y 2K6.

Lynn A. Kerman is a homegrown urban mystic who spends as much time frolicking and communing in the wilderness as possible. She is available for writing, speaking, and holding classes and individual sessions on spiritual awakening. This is her effortless work and joy. You may contact her at 310-391-2049 or 818-777-2860, or e-mail her at [email protected]

Henry (Hank) Ketcham created DENNIS THE MENACE in October 1950 and it was syndicated the following March. Today DENNIS THE MENACE is distributed by North America Syndicate to more than 1,200 newspapers in 48 countries and is translated into 19 languages.

Paul H. King, D.V.M., is director of Veterinary Technical and Professional Support for Ralston Purina Company. Paul has spoken at hundreds of U.S. and international veterinary meetings. He developed the Purina “Caring For Pets” program and is the editor of Dietary Management in Small Animal Practice.

Joe Kirkup’s essays have appeared in weekly magazines throughout the U.S. He is the recipient of two Sigma Delta Chi awards for feature writing. An anthology, Life Sentences, can be purchased from Xpress, P.O. Box 63, Colchester, CT 06415. Call 860-572-0079 or e-mail at [email protected]

Larry Paul Kline is a pilot, sailor, inventor and real estate developer who currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa. He has a wife, Carol, and children, Lorin and McKenna. Although it’s been a long time since his “mountain man” days, he still enjoys adventure, animals and the wilderness. Some of his goals include: designing living systems for complete self-sufficiency, living on a sailboat while exploring the world, and experiencing inner joy and peace in every moment. Larry can be reached at P.O. Box 1262, Fairfield, IA 52556.

Laurel Lagoni directs Changes: the Support for People and Pets Program at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She coauthored The Human-Animal Bond and Grief and Friends for Life: Loving and Losing Your Animal Companion and owns World by the Tail, Inc., the producers of ClayPaws, the original paw print kit.

Mary Marcdante is an inspiring and compassionate professional speaker, trainer and author whose programs on personal change, stress management, and communication bring insights, solutions and fun to conventions, businesses, communities and health care conferences around the world. She helps people make healthier choices, push personal boundaries and live a more creative, inspired and fulfilling life. She is the author of Inspiring Words for Inspiring People and the upcoming Questions for My Mother. She can be reached at 619-792-6786. Write P.O. Box 2417, Del Mar, CA 92014, or e-mail [email protected]

Sara L. (Robinson) Mark, D.V.M., owns a small-animal practice and has interest in animal-assisted therapy programs and zoonotic disease control. In The Children’s Hospital Prescription Pet Program since 1985, Sara authored the program’s original protocol and advocates setting up similar hospital-based programs. She can be reached at Southwest Veterinary Hospital, 250 E. Dry Creek Rd., Littleton, CO 80122.

Yvonne A. Martell is a sixty-nine-year-old retired person who lives with her beloved pet in a lovely small town in California. She has never before written anything for publication, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to share her “pet” true story with other pet lovers.

Jane Martin (Jana to friends), the author and editor of many books, including Cats in Love and Scarlett Saves Her Family, has appeared on Geraldo Rivera and Fox News and in Cosmopolitan and People magazines. Now completing a novel, she shares a Brooklyn warehouse with her boyfriend and a dog.

Dennis McIntosh, D.V.M., veterinary practitioner for thirty years, has been published in Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Forum, D.V.M. Management and others. Active in veterinary associations and youth groups, he teaches veterinary technicians and also provides grief counseling. He can be reached at 13039 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, TX 78217 or by calling 210-656-1444.

Faith McNulty’s career as an observer and advocate for wildlife began with the story of Mousie, first published in 1964. Since then her writing on whooping cranes, whales, blackfooted ferrets and other endangered species has appeared in Audubon Magazine and The New Yorker, and in book form. You can contact Faith by e-mail at [email protected]

Cathy Miller is a Canadian teacher and freelance writer. Delayed Delivery first won a short story contest in her hometown of Sudbury, Ontario, in 1992. The following year it was published in Christmas in My Heart 2, edited by Joe Wheeler, Review & Herald Publishing, Hagerstown, Maryland. It has since been reprinted in several anthologies and magazines.

Lori S. Mohr is a freelance writer who dedicates her craft to enlightening humanity to the ways of responsible pet parenting. Her versatile and seasoned writing style lends itself to a variety of subject matter, including vegetarianism and celebrity profiles. She also publishes newsletters. You can reach Lori at [email protected], or by calling 1-888-4EZ-CAMP.

Kathleen M. Muldoon is a freelance writer who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of Princess Pooh, a picture book, as well as many other children’s stories and articles. The original Ralph died in August of 1996, but she continues to babble to Prissy, a four-year-old black-and-white stray who came to stay last year.

Kathe Neyer has been a Registered Nurse for the past thirty-two years and a longtime volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society. She has been involved with the Samaritan Health Systems in Phoenix and in dog therapy programs since 1993. She is firmly convinced that the power of an animal’s unconditional love can benefit the health, mind and spirit of those whose lives they touch.

Joy Nordquist is a therapist and life coach who helps people discover and live their dreams. She and her husband share their home with three delightful “teachers”—two Labradors and a Himalayan cat. Contact Joy at P.O. Box 1320, Carlsbad, CA 92018-1320, 760-729-5307, [email protected].

Dr. Francine (Penny) Patterson is president and director of research of the Gorilla Foundation. She is conducting the longest ongoing interspecies communication project using sign language to communicate with two Western lowland gorillas, Koko and Michael. Reach her at: P.O. Box 620-640, Woodside, CA 94062, or by calling: 800-ME GO APE. E-mail: [email protected];

Penny Porter is a former teacher and school administrator. She is one of the most successful freelancers to ever hit Reader’s Digest. She has published in a wide range of national-circulation magazines, including Arizona magazine, Catholic Digest, Guideposts, Honda and Arizona Farmer and Rancher. Penny is the author of The Keymaker: Born to Steal and Howard’s Monster as well as the biography, Eugene Gifford Grace. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and continues to write and provide reading and writing workshops for students and adults.

Susan Race, whose family consists of four dogs and two cats, spends most of her free time helping unloved animals through a variety of organizations in the Pittsburgh area. Susan is currently trying to help start a new organization to rehabilitate injured, ill or orphaned wild songbirds. She can be reached at 205 Chan Mowr Dr., Valencia, PA 16059, or by calling 412-898-3275.

Roxanne Willems Snopek Raht is a registered animal health technologist from Abbotsford, British Columbia. Her life revolves around three daughters, a veterinarian husband, three cats, a cockatiel and a greyhound. She teaches veterinary assistant students, helps manage the couple’s animal hospital and writes whenever she can. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Herbert J. (Reb) Rebhan, D.V.M., served in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Central Africa, from July 1984 to October 1986. In addition to his duties as a mixed animal practitioner in Waianae, Hawaii, Herbert is also a marketing consultant and motivational speaker. He can be reached at P.O. Box 493, Waianae, HI 96972.

Honzie L. Rodgers grew up in Texas. He served in World War II with Texas’ 36th Infantry Division. He became a Lieutenant Colonel and after the defeat of Germany and Japan, he stayed in the Army, serving in France, Germany, Alaska, Japan, China, Cambodia, Korea, Laos and Thailand. He and his wife lived in Texas until his death on August 15, 1997 at the age of eighty-two.

Susan Roman is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. She is currently in graduate school for her master’s degree. E-mail her at: [email protected]

Dan Rosandich’s cartoons appeared in Mother’s Soul and Christian Soul. He is also under contract with One On One Computer Training in Addison, Illinois, drawing cover illustrations for their training manuals. He draws the Pete and Jack cartoon for World Fence News, chronicling the adventures of two bumbling fence company workers. Dan will fax samples to anyone interested in illustrations for T-shirts, company newsletters, magazines and books. Call and fax him at 906-482-6234.

Roberta Sandler is an award-winning freelance lecturer and travel/lifestyle/features writer. She is the author of Guide to Florida Historical Walking Tours (Pineapple Press). She can be reached at 1773 Harborside Circle, Wellington, FL 33414, or by calling 561-795-1106.

Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne is an artist, choreographer, speaker and healer who has worked throughout Europe and North America. Her hands-on energy healing work and movement-voice teaching have dovetailed into her “SomaSoul” personal and spiritual integration practice. She can be reached at P.O. Box 1366, Fairfield, IA 52556.

Diane M. Smith is an award-winning freelance writer and a certified veterinary technician whose particular interests lie in the fields of feline health and nutrition. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including Cats magazine, Cat Fancy and CATsumer Report. She is a member of the Cat Writers’ Association. Diane lives with her husband, David, and four cats.

Steve Smith is one of America’s bestselling outdoor authors. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the editor of The Retriever Journal and the managing editor of The Pointing Dog Journal.

David E. Sykes is the co-founder and director of the Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation. He is also president of a mail-order company affiliated with the Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation, that sells healthy and natural pet-care products. He has been rescuing companion animals for ten years and his love for these animals seems to have no limit. For information about the foundation or company write to: P.O. Box 886, Fairfield, IA; 52556 or call: 800-501-1100.

Dawn Uittenbogaard works for Village Northwest Unlimited, which is a home for disabled adults, and manages a pet store and kennel. She is married and has two adult children and a house full of pets, of course. This is her first-ever published story. She has lived in rural Iowa her whole life. Dawn can be reached at 3578 Nettle Ave., Sheldon, IA 51201.

Roberta (Rusty) VanSickle, M.S.W., is a certified disability specialist and a published author of disability articles. She has extensive experience in the vocational rehabilitation field. She coordinates an Internet Stroke Support Group for survivors and caregivers. Visit the group’s site at [email protected]

Jeff Werber, D.V.M., has been a practicing veterinarian for over fourteen years, during which time he has become one of the nation’s foremost media veterinarians. He has served as the on-air pet expert on ABC’s Home Show, Mike and Maty and Leeza. He currently hosts his own show, Petcetera, on the Animal Planet Channel and is the pet expert on CBS Morning News in Los Angeles. He can be reached at 310-559-2530.

Marion Bond West has written for Guideposts for over twenty-five years and is a contributing editor. She has authored six books including The Nevertheless Principle and is an inspirational speaker. Her pets are a fifteen-year-old “pound cat” and Red Dog who “found her” and, a golden retriever-Lab mix. Marion may be reached at 706-353-6523, or by writing to 1330 DeAndra Dr., Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Diane Williamson grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Iowa. She is an avid reader, journal writer, and lover of gardening and animals. She and her family love life in the country with their many pets. “Camp Williamson” provides pet care for many furry friends when the need arises from their owners.

Richard Wolkomir, in collaboration with his wife, Joyce Rogers Wolkomir, is a contributing writer for the Smithsonian magazine and a frequent contributor to other magazines, from Reader’s Digest to National Geographic. The Wolkomirs’ book, Junkyard Bandicoots & Other Tales of the World’s Endangered Species, was published by John Wiley.

Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a professional speaker and one of the nation’s most respected voices in the field of human potential and personal effectiveness. She is the author of fifteen books translated into twenty-nine languages, including the award-winning Values from the Heartland, Gifts of the Heart: Stories That Celebrate Life’s Defining Moments and Taste-Berry Tales, from which her story is adapted.

Rosamond M. Young has written fourteen books in all and is hard at work on another cat tale. The publisher, J.N. Townsend Publishing, specializes in books for animal lovers. For a catalog or information, write to 12 Greenleaf Dr., Exeter, NH 03833, or call 603-778-9883/800-333-9883.

Lynne Layton Zielinski enjoys the friendship of her seven adult children, the magical inspiration of thirteen grandkids and the loving partnership of her husband of forty-one years. Formerly a nurse, now a business owner and always a people-watcher, Lynne believes life is a gift from God, and what we do with it is our gift to God. She tries to write accordingly.

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