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Katz John has written twelve books - six novels and six works of nonfiction. A two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and Wired. He is a contributing editor to public radio's Marketplace and to Bark magazine. A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, he lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Paula Span, a reporter for
The Washington Post-, their college-student daughter, Emma Span? and their two dogs. Katz is working on his next book, which is about women and dogs.
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Nichol Jeff Wise and witty, vastly experienced in dealing with the wayward habits and peculiar problems of cats of all kinds, Dr. Jeff Nichol offers the kind of practical, serious, and necessary advice that is sought by cat owners everywhere Based on his many years of clinical practice at the Adobe Animal Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Nichol solves many of the riddles about cats' behavior, health, and well-being:
  • Biting and fighting
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Grooming and skin care
  • Intestinal and stomach problems
  • Symptoms of sickness

Ray Coppinger, Lorna Coppinger Ray and Lorna both graduated from Boston University, he with an A.B. in American Literature and Philosophy, she with one in Slavic Languages and Literatures. He gave her a dog for her graduation in 1958, and they have been working together, mostly with dogs, ever since. During graduate school at the University of Massachusetts (he in zoology, she in biology), Ray put together and raced several teams of huskies, while Lorna took photographs and wrote the first comprehensive book on the sport, ‘The World of Sled Dogs' (Best Technical Book, 1977, Dog Writers Association of America).
Ray joined the founding faculty of Hampshire College in Amherst,
Massachusetts, in 1969, and within a few years had sold his successful
dog team (New England Challenge Trophy, 1973; Sportsman of the Year, 1973) to a student bound for vet school in Alaska. Lorna joined Ray at Hampshire in the mid-seventies to co-found the Livestock Guarding Dog Project. This innovative program introduced Old World flock protection dogs to the New World, as the research team traveled to Europe to study and acquire dogs, and to most of the United States and Canada to place and follow-up on how the hundreds of project dogs were doing. Within ten years, the use of flock protection dogs had been widely adopted by producers; the project at Hampshire was slowly phased out.
Since the mid-1980's, Lorna and Ray have traveled through Europe and
South America, working with restoration ecologists and wildlife managers who envision a resurrection of the Old World system of non-lethal control of predators. Ray is a popular speaker at lectures and seminars. For the past ten years, Ray has been working with the assistance dog industry, with a goal of improving the success of the canine graduates of training programs. He and his students are focusing on early development of puppies, and kennel enrichment.
The Coppingers recently co-authored a book called ‘Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution.' It covers much of their work, presenting working dogs as understood by biologists. Dogs as understood by a fishing biologist are the subject of Ray's earlier book, Fishing Dogs,' which is a spoof about fishermen, biologists, and dog breeders.

They have two children, Karyn and Tim, both of whom participated in and added to most of these and other dog activities, and three grandchildren, who have one very small dog.

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