“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras
Kris Krell Alana has been blessed with love from dogs for almost fifty years. I’m always in awe of how they communicate their wants and needs simply by a look. I am honored to be a part of this project.
Susan M . Baganz Lodwick is married to Ben and lives in Wisconsin and writes inspirational romances. Visit Susan’s website at susan- baganz.com to learn more about her books and you can also email her at
Barbara Barth turned to writing and adopting dogs to heal after her husband died fourteen years ago. Known as writer with dogs, Barth currently lives with six Chihuahua pups outside of Atlanta where she is literary
arts chair at a small art center.
Sondra Bennett lives in Amherst, WI, with her boyfriend, Jason, and their two beautiful rescue Chihuahuas from Los Angeles and Hazard County Kentucky.
Stephanie Pereira DaSilva is the Executive Director of pdsF.U.S.I.O.N. INC. in Oshkosh, WI. She, along with her husband Mauricio and daugh- ters, Gabi and McKenzi, are active in the Oshkosh community. Visit pds-fusion.org
to learn more about this amazing organization.
Nancy Decker is a retired music teacher with the Oshkosh Area School District. She simultaneously served as a pastor’s wife for thirty-five- years. Her family has always had dogs of all types and sizes. Nancy and
her daughter trained their current service dog to meet her daughter’s needs.
Charlene Elder is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grand- mother who enjoys writing, crafts, creating textured dimensional pictures on canvas, and encouraging people in God’s love. Charlene’s daily with encouraging memes and devotional thoughts can be read by at jubileeonlinechurch.org.
Beth Gould lives in Charlottesville, Va. As a volunteer at the local SPCA, she walks and photographs shelter dogs. She is also an avid tennis player and enjoys retirement with her husband.
Brittany Haubner is a Wisconsin country girl who loves exploring the Northwoods. She was adopted young and grew up on a hobby farm where her love for animals began.
Christy Hoss is the author of The Rubber Band children’s novel series and the picture book, My
Question for Jesus. She lives in Eastern Tennessee with husband Kevin, two rescue dogs and her diabetic alert service dog, Aiden. You can learn more about Christy at christyhoss.com.
Kareen King is a registered drama therapist, author, puppeteer, story- teller, singer-songwriter, recording artist, educator, and photographer. She and her husband Jeff are the parents of five adult children, the
grandparents of three grandchildren, and the owner of Hank. For more information, visit thegoldenexperience.com.
Irene Humphrey Klapoetke lives in Central WI with her husband and Midnight. She makes and sells natural soap and polymer clay jewelry and art. She enjoys walks, her family and friends, reading, and playing Cribbage with her husband.
Mindy Klasky is a USA Today bestselling author who writes para- normal romantic comedies, hot contemporary romance, and traditional fantasy novels. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame
her to-be-read shelf. Visit Mindy at mindyklasky.com.
Beth Lytle is a writer and editor with fifteen years of professional experience and hundreds ofarticles published. Lytle is also a seasoned academic writer and researcher, as well as a transcriptionist. Favoring alternative health and pet-related content, she can write about anything that’s researchable! She has also
ghostwritten many blogs, articles and manuscripts. You can follow Beth at
Tara Mason and her husband and two sons own and operate a small contracting company. They all have grown up with dogs their entire lives and currently have two rescue dogs that they love dearly.
Barbara Marshak is the author of four books and over one-hundred- fifty published pieces. A writer of both fiction and nonfiction, many of her essays and short stories have earned regional and national awards. Enjoy learning more about Barbara at BarbaraMarshak.com.
Rosie Maureen has been blessed with a son, an amazing daughter-in- law and a wonderful daughter as well as a God-daughter, Sylvia, who loves Heavenly Joy more than anyone. When Rosie isn’t writing she is thinking about writing or planting a garden. You can follow Rosie at facebook.com/Romaureen.
Karen McCalpin is the retired executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. She has rescued dogs, cats, and horses her entire life. A board member of The Cloud Foundation, Karen actively advocates for the protection of all American wild horses and burros.
Marian McConnell is an artist, musician, author, caver, motorcyclist, and dog lover from Catawba, VA. She and her husband, Dano, rescued their Lily on a motorcycle trip to the Ozark Mountains and have been rescued by Lily ever since. Visit her at facebook.com/marianmconnell.14.
Eric and Joy McPherson live in Michigan and love spending time with their family. They are parents of two children and an animated rescue puppy named Ike, who has inspired many light-hearted tales. Please visittheir website at speakike.com.
Cris Parr is a newly retired educator. She spent nearly forty years in the Milwaukee Public Schools (teaching first through twelve grades) and opened a number of small charter schools in the district. Cris has always
rescued animals and people. Addae Copper Zoomie and Cris rescued each other!
Janet Pfeiffer is the president of Pfeiffer Power Seminars, an inter- national inspirational speaker,
award-winning author, Fortune 500 trainer, globally syndicated radio host (iHeart Radio: Anger 911 and Between You and God),TV personality, life coach, columnist, former contributor to the Dr. Phil Show. Learn more about Janet at PfeifferPowerSeminars.com.
Diane Huff Pitts is ruled by two rescue dogs and two cats who chose her family. Living in a rural
Gulf Coast community with her husband Darrell, she writes about God connections in family, health, and the world about us. Visit Diane at dianehuffpitts.com.
Eva Popek has had many jobs throughout her life; cashier, pharma- cist, realtor, hostess, and
various retail jobs. Her favorite has been with Rover.com. Eva left a piece of her heart at Royal Animal Refuge in
Georgia where she volunteered.
Cari Resnick is a firefighter wife with three growing boys, one res- cue pup, and two rescue cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, blogging, card making, running, hiking, walking, cooking, going to the dog park with April, and spending time with my family and friends. She has stories and poetry in compilation books and anthologies and is the author of Loving You, A Journey Through Forever, co-authored with her sister, and The Lord is Good, Poetry, Prayers, and Reflections. To learn more about Cari visit lifeasafirewife.com.
Marie Robinson is a sixty-year-old disabled woman who loves animals. Marie feels that every kid needs an animal to grow up with and has always rescued instead of buying. She and her son lavished love on their
rescue cat and dog while she raised him.
Suzi Ronning teaches workshops on memoir writing and has a short fiction piece in the Faith Like a Mustard Seed anthology. Suzi lives in southeast Texas with her husband, Dean, their two rescue dogs and two rescue
Adriel Rowely has been involved with dog rescues in various ways. Adriel currently lives with his Aussie/golden service dog and his golden/Husky/German shepherd/mix, one of two strays that showed up somehow knowing the house where someone lived who would take care of them.
Tracy Ruckman, owner and publisher of TMP Books, helps writers make their publishing dreams become
reality, serving them as coach, consultant, instructor, and/or editor. She is also an author, screenwriter, and artist. Learn more on her websites at TMPbooks.com and TracyRuckman.com.
Pat Severin is a published author who believes in adopting rescues. She hopes that I Chose You will
encourage more people to adopt a rescue. These pets, in particular, need and deserve forever homes.
Karina Skoglind was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and has always been a dog lover. Karina, Tom and their daughters, Olivia and Gabrielle, are dog lovers who are blessed and lucky to have rescued five family
Ellie Ray Spivey taught kindergarten for thirty-one years. She now enjoys kayaking, taking Tai-Chi classes, butterfly gardening, and snuggling with her rescue dog, Jake. Ellie Ray is also a founder of a local group
called “Dolls on a Mission.”
Carrie Sternhagen lives in a rural town in beautiful northeast Wisconsin. She’s a dog lover who has had the pleasure of loving and raising three English springer spaniels over the years and now a res- cue pup named
Kay S . Walsh loves exploring psychology with college students at a university in Virginia and is active with
the Shenandoah Christian Writers Group. She and her husband enjoy time with family and friends, including a rescue dog and a horse.
R . Rudd Weatherwax is a third-generation professional dog trainer, the grandson of famed Lassie
trainer Rudd Weatherwax, and owner of Weatherwax Dog Training. Robert is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and is a former Canine Stunt Performer. His movie cred- its include “Beethoven,” “K9,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Top Dog,” and “Lassie: Best Friends are Forever,” and his TV credits include “The Flash,” “Married with Children,” “Just the Ten of Us,” and “The New Lassie.”