Carol Kline has been a pet lover her entire life. She is the codirector of the Noah's Ark Animal Foundation Dog Rescue Program, in Fairfield, Iowa, a volunteer effort that saves lost, stray and abandoned dogs.
Carol spends many hours a week monitoring the fate of animals that are brought into the city pound. She also walks, feeds and "socializes" the dogs at the Noah's Ark facility, a cageless shelter for cats and dogs. "The gratitude and love I receive from these animals are more fulfilling than any paycheck I could ever receive. Volunteering time with the dogs fills my heart, and brings great joy to my life."
Coauthoring Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul has strengthened her existing appreciation for all animals and deepened her commitment to animal-rescue work.
A freelance writer for ten years, Carol, who has a B.A. in literature, has written for newspapers, newsletters and other publications. In addition to her writing and animal work, Carol is a speaker, self-esteem facilitator and certified instructor of the parenting skills program, Redirecting Children's Behavior (RCB). The first RCB instructor in Iowa, Carol presents workshops and in-service programs for childcare providers, and teaches a five-week program for parents. She has also been a counselor at a self-esteem camp in Missouri for teens and kids. Since 1975, Carol has taught stress-management programs to the general public. In 1990, she studied with Jack Canfield, and then has assisted as a facilitator in his annual Train the Trainers program. Her dynamic and engaging style has won her enthusiastic receptions from the various audiences she addresses.
Carol has the good fortune to be married to Larry Kline, and is stepmother to Lorin and McKenna. Besides her "main" dog, Hannah, Carol houses foster dogs until they find permanent homes.
Gina Spadafori coauthors, along with Dr. Marty Becker, an award-winning, nationally syndicated, weekly column on pets and their care and is a contributing pet-care writer for Parade magazine. She is a bestselling author of several pet books including the New York Times bestseller Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet? and Dogs for Dummies. The first edition of Dogs for Dummies received the President's Award for the best writing on dogs by the Dog Writers Association of America. She has served on the board of directors for both the Dog Writers' Association of America and the Cat Writers' Association of America. Gina lives in Sacramento, CA.
Marty Becker, D.V.M., is passionate about his work fostering the affection and connection between animals and people that he calls, "The Bond." He has given talks to enthusiastic crowds of veterinarians and pet lovers around the world, and is in demand as a keynote speaker. Dr. Becker is regularly featured on ABC-TV's, Good Morning America and is the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show. He is a contributing pet-care writer for Parade magazine, and frequent veterinary contributor to The Martha Stewart Show. He also co-writes the award-winning weekly column on pets and their care, PetConnection, which appears in newspapers across the United States and Canada through the Universal Press Syndicate. Becker is also the host of "The Pet Doctor" on PBS. He has been named Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year for the U.S. by the Delta Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and also coauthored fourteen pet books that have sold over six million copies including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, bowWOW and The New York Times bestseller Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet? Marty and his family enjoy life in Northern Idaho and share Almost Heaven Ranch with four barn cats, three dogs, and four Quarter Horses.
Mikkel Becker has been active in the Quarter Horse show circuit and she is a three-time Canadian National Champion in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle. She has been a contributing author to Knight Ridder newspapers, and has written for Cat Fancy Magazine and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is the children's education coordinator for the Whitman County Humane Society in Washington State. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA, who avidly applies their schience-based training methods to all species.