MICHELLE LITTLER is an designer/illustrator who has been drawing since she was little and to be honest, she says she really hasn't grown up since. She attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she majored in Graphic Design with a focus on illustration and character design. Today she disguises herself as a grown up, and is a graphic design instructor, but then also gets to a chance to play with her online business, littletoad, where she creates everything from original illustrations to unique one of a kind wedding invitations and greetings. One of the projects that are closest to her heart are the ones that involve animals. Being the proud mom of a rescue kitty, Page Dharma, she is proud to create illustrations "for this great story (even if there are no cats)!" Be sure to check out her webiste at: www.michellelittler.com
DOROTHY WILLS-RAFTERY & the FiveSibes: Harley, Gibson, Chloe, Wolf & Bandit
MICHELLE LITTLER & Page Dharma and Zephyr
DOROTHY WILLS-RAFTERY is a published author and a national and state award winning writer and photographer, with over 30 years in the photojournalism field, including 19 years in the educational arena. Dorothy was the founder and editor of an elementary school newspaper for five years; the founder and past-president of a New York Chapter of the National Writers Club, a music columnist for a local newspaper, and a features writer and freelance photographer for a number of magazines and publications. She raised horses and dogs her entire life, and taught 4-H animal care classes and horseback riding lessons to youths. She along with her husband and daughter, are raising five full-blooded Siberian Huskies and two stray cats that adopted them! Dorothy is a pet blogger with her writing, news, and photographs featured on the world’s award-winning top-rated Siberian Husky blog, FiveSibes™, and on the FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviewscommunity page on Facebook.Dorothyis also a contributing writer and photographer for American Pet Magazine, and hosts "The Sibe Vibe" show on Dog Works Radio.She is a member of Pet Photographers of America and Dog Writers of America Alliance. She is an international Purple Day for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012. Dorothy was awarded "Best in Print 2015 " by American Pet Magazine; "Best of the Hudson Valley-Author" by Hudson Valley Magazine; and her FiveSibes Tales were named to the Talent Hounds' "Top Dog Books for Kids' List."
Barbara K. Slocum is an artist and an award-winning graphic designer. As a child, she spent her summers with her grandparents on a small farm in Connecticut. There she formed her love of all creatures and began drawing and painting. This passion of art and design continued through college with a BA in Fine Arts from William Patterson University. She was a consultant Art/Designer for many years, but continued her interest in illustrating and painting. Barbara now lives in Upstate New York with her family and, of course,
BARBARA K. SLOCUM & Daisy and Archie
ROBERT and MICHELLE FORTO & Bodhi of Team Ineka
Robert and Michele Forto are mushin’ down a dream in the wilds of Alaska with their two teenagers, Tyler and Nicole, and pack of 30 sled dogs. They moved to Alaska in 2010 with the goal of running the Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner. When they are not running sled dogs, which is almost a 24-hour job, Robert and Michele own Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs to be the best trained dogs in the world. They specialize in service dogs and have worked with clients all over North America. “It is our goal to enrich the relationship between the human and our canine friends,” says Robert. “Dogs are our teachers,without them our world would be a much different place.” Robert and Michele can be contacted through their website www.TeamIneka.com and they say, “We look forward to you following us on the trail!”
Named "BEST IN PRINT" AUTHOR 2015 by American Pet Magazine!