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The story of my life as an animal control officer and my passion to make a difference.

I have been involved with animal shelters and rescues for more than 25 years and I never cease to be amazed by the number of wonderful dogs and other animals waiting for someone to make a difference in their lives. People are often surprised by what I do as animal control officer so I started writing about my adventures about 5 years ago.  

Rescuing a baby raccoon is a fun part of the job.
Rescuing a baby raccoon is a fun part of the job.

Anytime there's an issue involving animals, our officers go in first. I've entered homes with dangerous criminals to remove large protective dogs so police can apprehend the suspects. I've taken pets out of the arms of their deceased owners and removed animals from floods, fires and vehicle accidents. I've climbed trees and waded rivers in the dark to rescue animals and was lowered 50 feet down a pipe by my ankles to save a dog that had been stuck there for weeks. I still carry the scars from being slashed and injured in a major cock-fighting raid but I relish the  chance to stand up for justice. 

Caring for orphaned puppies is time consuming but rewarding
Caring for orphaned puppies is time consuming but rewarding

I often bring my work home with me and frequently take in dogs who have health or socialization problems and rehabilitate them. I've helped abandoned dogs  deliver their litters and stayed up all night bottle feeding orphans. I write about my job to entertain and also as a way to bring awareness to the lives of animals who have no one. I share my story with humor, warmth and most of all compassion for the animals and people I meet.

Animals get themselves in an amazing variety of situations.
Animals get themselves in an amazing variety of situations.

I've been called the James Herriot of animal control by my followers on Facebook, and I also write for Sonoma County Animal Shelter Paw Prints, NACA (The National Animal Control Association magazine) and blog for Bark Magazine. I have a passion for writing and for making a difference in the lives of the animals and people I come in contact with.

I love writing about the endless variety of animals I encounter.
I love writing about the endless variety of animals I encounter.

The book is completed and now I need to raise funds for final editing, printing and promotion. Check out the fun rewards you get in exchange for your pledge. Those of you who already expressed an interest in reading my book, now's your chance, plus the book will make a great gift. Or pledge a little more and get a custom pet portrait as well as the book! Thats a gift any animal lover will enjoy. Every dollar helps, so even the smallest contribution will be hugely appreciated.

In the book you'll meet Annie, the formerly wild mustang.
In the book you'll meet Annie, the formerly wild mustang.

I have been asked how I can do my job, because I see so many difficult things. My answer is, how can I not? There is such a need. I survive by focusing on the positives. Saving a life, improving life for a person or animal, finding a great home for a pet, rescuing those in need. Those are the things that keep me going. Thank you for your support, and for believing in me. Even if you arent able to pledge, please help me spread the word by sharing on facebook and elsewhere.

I climbed down a storm drain to rescue this kitten.
I climbed down a storm drain to rescue this kitten.
Heres an example of a custom pet portrait. What a fun reward!
Heres an example of a custom pet portrait. What a fun reward!
Heres another example of a custom portrait reward.
Heres another example of a custom portrait reward.
This custom rescue dog design is on the hoodie sweatshirt reward.
This custom rescue dog design is on the hoodie sweatshirt reward.
Pet portrait rewards can be any animal.
Pet portrait rewards can be any animal.
And heres a smile from rescue dog Daisy.
And heres a smile from rescue dog Daisy.

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Self publishing can be a challenge but I'm an extremely dedicated and determined person. I'm known for being reliable and for following through on projects that I start. I have been researching publishing and promotion for some time and plan to do everything in my power to make my book a success. My editor is standing by, I'm signed up to self publish and I have everything set up to be able to mail books, artwork and other rewards to people who pledge. I have a dedicated team willing to assist in packaging and mailing, and have time off available to complete custom portraits.

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