Growing up, I always seemed to have a way with animals. But I also experienced many tragic events with them which have made me sensitive to their plight. Animals are truly at the mercy of their caregivers. All animals are special and they are all deserving of love and companionship. After caring for people for twenty years in a prison, I was finally able to return to what I love most—caring for my four-legged friends.
Now that I'm retired from the prison, I work part time at a local animal shelter. I do their many vet runs for them as well as "home checks" for those people who are interested in adopting a pet. In addition to that, I am their "on-call" emergency driver. I am sometimes called in the middle of the night if the local police need assistance with an agressive or injured animal.
I was a cat owner most of my life and I don't think that I remember a day without one. Sometimes they came into my care because they were left behind by friends who just didn't want them anymore for whatever reason. But after I rescued Jack I became a serious dog person. Truthfully, I am an ANIMAL person. I love them all, from the squirrels who live in my trees to the birds who produce babies under my curious (but careful) eye.
Gummy and The Ferret is my first book. Never in my life did I think I would write a book. Law enforcement was my life. From undercover store security for high end department stores to the care, custody and control of inmates at the county prison. If the notion of ever writing a book had entered my mind I'm sure that it would have centered around law enforcement. Happily enough, life has encouraged this new direction. And while on this path my message is that adopting a pet is a very rewarding experience and my wish is for all of the animal shelter pets to find their "forever homes."