a collection of short stories, poems and photographs inspired by lovable pups.
with foreward written by
ANNE VAN GESSEL
and editing by
with foreword written by: Anne van Gessel
Contributors: Various. The full list of authors and their pups is in the back of the print book.
Editor: Audrey Walter
Cover Design: Lyndsay Stanley, Stonecreek Editing Services
Publisher: Highest Expression Publishing Services
My dog teaches me something about myself every single day. He teaches me to be a kinder, more patient version of myself. And I am grateful for that.
-ANNE VAN GESSEL
Collaborators to the Collective
Dog's Name: Archie
Author: Allison Tuckwell
Bio: Allison is a retired Police Sergeant living in the North East of England. She's looking forward to adventures on the canals and in a motorhome with Archie. Follow on Twitter: @PyreneanThe
Dog's Name: Bailey
Author: Angela Kruck
Bio: Angela resides in Ormond Beach, Florida with Bailey and her husband of 23 years. She enjoys animals, travel, pilates, golf, pickleball, family, friends, and most of all, Bailey. She is the co-founder of Petoodle.com, a new web platform aimed at fundraising for animal welfare organizations that assist animals with long-term stays. Follow on Twitter: @SirBailey2
Dog's Name: Benson
Author: Katy Atkin
BIO: Katy and her partner live on a farm in the English countryside with a lot of cattle, some hens, ducks, and a farm cat.
Visit Benson's website: www.borderonwheels.com
Dog's Name: Bonnie
Author: Nicky Yeadon
Bio: Nicky is recently retired from his family business, the Natureland Seal Sanctuary, on the coast of Lincolnshire, England. Follow on Twitter: @BonnieBooBT
Dog's Name: Callie
Author: Catherine Maguire
BIO: Catherine lives in northern New Jersey with her partner Cameron and their dog Callie. She works in curriculum development and enjoys morning hikes. Callie is their first dog and the self-proclaimed ruler of the household.
Dog's Name: Cindy Lou
Author: Maria Simeone
Bio: Maria is a somatic voice coach, singer, sound therapist, and brain educator. Visit her website: www.VoiceYourResilience.com
Dog's Name: Culter
Author: Graham Simpson
Bio: Graham is a retired geography teacher and outdoor enthusiast. Graham lived on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, UK for 32 years. He now stays in Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands with his wife and, of course, Culter. Follow on Twitter: @GCSScotland and @BTCulter
Dog's Name: Eric
Author: Julie Jones
Photo Credit: Frankie Jones
Bio: As well as being Typist and Secretary for Eric's Twitter page, Julie runs a wholesale fishing bait supply business with her husband. They live a wonderful, quiet, rural life in beautiful Northumberland, England. Follow on Twitter: @erictheborder
Dog's Name: Gigi
Author: Lucinda Mast
Bio: Lucinda grew up at the beach and now spends her retirement years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Alongside Gigi, she is discovering the wonder of nature at 2,500 feet!
Dog's Name: Hank
Author: Sharon O'Leary
Bio: Sharon is passionate about the field of environmental science and ecology. She, Hank, and Hank's dad Gabe live in northern Minnesota where they enjoy the lakes, woods, and wildlife.
Follow on Twitter: @hankster_the
Dog's Name: Kalimba
Author: Dylan Vallone
Photo Credit: Nancy Thompson
Bio: Dylan, with the support of his parents, is a volunteer puppy raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Kalimba is his first puppy, and he plans to continue to volunteer with GDB as often as possible. Dylan is a high school student in Orange County, CA. His mom, Cindy, can be contacted at www.CindyVallone.com.
Dog's Name: Jasper
Author: Heidi K. Feldman
Bio: Heidi is a college professor who lives in the New England area. She spends her weekends working on her photography, which you can see on her Instagram @floppyearphotography
Dog's Name: Jet
Author: Robert Fairhead
Bio: Robert is a middle-aged dad and dog owner. He is a writer and editor for the Tall and True writers' website and writes and narrates episodes for the Tall and True Short Reads storytelling podcast. Follow on Twitter: @tallandtrue and @mydogposts and visit www.RobertFairhead.com
Dog's Name: Josie
Author: Joanne Page
BIO: Joanne is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the Transfusion Service of a busy Level 1 trauma hospital. When she is not working, she enjoys volunteering at her local animal shelter walking dogs, as well as taking Josie on adventures to many of the great parks and trails in her area. Follow on Twitter: @JosieAdventures
Dog's Name: Oskar
Author: Sarah Mallinson
Bio: Sarah is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist in the North West of England. Follow on Twitter: @clancythegolden
Dog's Name: Larry
Author: Jason Gelber
Bio: Jason, the Father of Larry, is a professional in the hospitality industry, and an amateur comedian. As the voice of Larry, he hopes to make him look good on Twitter. Let's hope he doesn't screw it up. Follow on Twitter: @LunaticLarry3
Dog's Name: Louie
Author: Henry Dang
Bio: Henry works in corporate communications where he spends his days telling engaging stories. When not in the office, you can find him exploring new hiking trails in Southern Ontario, Canada, with his dog Louie and his trusty camera affectionately called Iris. Follow on Twitter: @loui
Dog's Name: Pippa
Author: John Mark Seck
Bio: John Mark Seck is a retired entrepreneur and musician living in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. He now enjoys staying active by walking with Princess Pippa and playing music.
Follow on Twitter: @jmseck
e_the_lab and visit www.louiethelab.ca
Dog's Name: Rugie
Author: Emberlee Wortman
Bio: Emberlee is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who works within business management. She currently lives in northern Nevada, USA, with her husband of 23 years, Mike.
Follow on Twitter: @EMDUB21
Dogs' Names: Otta and Gypsy
Author: Melissa Donald
Bio: Melissa is the Personal Assistant and typist to Otta and Gypsy, mother and daughter Border Terriers. They all live in Ayrshire, Scotland, living their dreams. In her spare time, Melissa is a veterinary surgeon. Follow on Twitter: @OttaBoss and @Melissavet64 and visit melissa-vet.com
Dog's Name: Parole
Author: Mindy Dimick
Bio: Mindy is a receptionist at an animal hospital near Pocatello, Idaho, where she lives with her family along with 3 other dogs, lizards, snakes, and fish. Follow on Twitter: @DimickParole
Dog's Name: Thistle
Author: Lore Lapinsky
Bio: Lore has spent several decades straddling the worlds of hospitality and corporate development, currently working as both an organizational project consultant and group travel advisor. She resides in Georgia and has travelled to 49 states and 15 countries.
Dog's Name: Waffles
Author: Karen Russo DalMolin
Bio: Karen shares her New York home with her husband, daughter, and Waffles. She teaches at a local university, drinks lots of tea, and still doesn't miss her mundane life. Follow her on Twitter: @Waffles_ShihPoo
Dog's Name: Nash & Wilma
Author: Julie Benton
Bio: An Idaho native, Julie Benton is an artist and an art educator. She can usually be found holding a cat, a coloured pencil or a slobbery dog toy.
Wilma's Twitter: @WilmaBenton19
Dog's Name: Smiffy
Author: Cath Leahy
Bio: Cath is a journalist in the Northwest of England. She loves to knit and walk her border terrier, Smiffy.
Follow Smiffy @smiffythebt.