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Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as dinner and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.
Animals Slaughtered For Food Since This Page Opened

63,852 chickens
3,147 ducks
1,731 pigs
1,192 rabbits
961 turkeys
717 sheep
406 cows
Number of animals who have been killed worldwide by the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

Source: Action for Animals

Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.

WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free of fear and suffering.


By Kim Kavin, Foreword by Jim Gorant
When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle—advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey—was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog’s manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin’s computer mouse, Blue’s journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love.
About the Author:
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.
Little Boy Blue
A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth

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"It will be like having you in the barn with me..."  S.D., Illinois

"I am reading your book and it is fantastic! I love your writing style, its so easy to read.  Not at all like reading a text book, but full of info like a text book.  Back to your book!  God Bless,"  S.T., Ohio

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LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it"   S.H., Nebraska after receiving their copy in the mail

"I love your site and book! Your herbs saved our calf and that is just one example of the good they have done" S.P., WA

"Since using the Wounderful! Salve the wisdom tooth has straightened and come in correctly (it started out pointing almost completely toward my cheek) and the pain in my mouth has gone away." H.B., ID

"At last a complete herbal for our furry friends!

The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal by Katherine A. Drovdahl M.H. is destined to become one of the great herbals of the Century.  Kat in a true Vitalistic style no only lays out precise medical care for animals but also teaches the whys, the anatomical pathways and spiritual advantages of adhering to nature.  kat through personal experience can guide us, with great detail, in caring for our animals.  This is the herbal to acquire for school, nature companies and personal libraries.  While you are at it get another one for taking with you out to the barn."

David W. Christopher MH, Director of The School of Natural Healing

(please see our links to connect to the school if you decide to take courses from them- you'll get a discount and I'll get a referral).

"This comprehensive, practical, all text guide teaches herbal and essential oil use in animals- from bees to chickens to pets to reptiles and exotics.  It covers the basics of herbs and EOs, the animal's lifecycles, body systems, common challenges, and what to do to help a wide variety of animals naturally.  This definitive guide instills confidence and adheres to Nature.  It is well organized, well-written, and contains a handy index.  A great addition to the animal lovers library."  Natural Horse Magazine Jul/Aug/Sep 2012 issue

Imagine a generation of healthier & happier pets and livestock!  Imagine a generation of happier owners because maintaining their healthier creatures becomes easier and makes them more productive.    This book makes that possible.

"The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal" by Katherine Drovdahl is now available for $49.95 plus shipping and handling ($6.55) or include it with an order of products to make your shipping go futher.   We can ship worldwide (16.95 plus handling ($1.25)), Canada is 12.95 plus 1.25 handling.  See our shopping cart website for details.  It is a large book and is easy to follow for the beginner or advanced person working with herbs and animals.  Topics included are instruction in essential oil use, whole herb use, how to use this book for humans, exotics, reptiles all types of livestock including ratites and camelids, all types of pets, fish, and bees.  Information to help you build a sound foundation so that you are not confused by much of the conflicting data out there, building a pet or livestock herb garden, going through life cycles of your creatures, how to handle birthings, young stock care, exhibitions, parasites, senior care, and body organs and systems care and quite a bit more.  This is the only book available that covers this span of information and is in a user friendly format.   Look for future book and other projects from Kat.   I can sign the book at your request if that is something you would like,  I need an email from you immediately after I receive your payment.  Otherwise it may still get shipped without a signature.  If I am out of town I will leave some signed copies with my husband, they just won't be personal in that situation.

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Welcome to Fir Meadow LLC.  We are located in the Siskiyou mountains of southern Oregon.      Kat has her masters degree in herbology and Master Herbalist (MH) designation and is a Vitalist.  Vitalism goes back to Hippocrates,  which is cause oriented rather than just symptom oriented (allopathy).  It is a small branch of herbalism,  but a very effective one.         Kat also is a Certified Reflexologist (CR) and a Holistic Iridologist (Dipl.H.Ir.).  She has completed studies in Aromatherapy (essential oils) with two different schools, is taking continuing education from a third school and has international  certification in that field.  She also is a C.E.I.T which is a Certified Equine Iridology Techincian and researcher. She is currently completing a book on pet and livestock herbalism with several more book projects lined up.  Her work is about evenly split up between human and creature herbalism and her training allows her to consult on any condition.  For creatures she also is not limited but can assist people with livestock, horses, pets, exotics, reptiles, birds, poultry, ratites, bees, fish and more (is there anything else?) to move them towards optimum wellness.

All of our livestock products Kat formulates.  Some of the herbs we ship in from pesticide/herbicide free resources that Kat trusts.  Some are organic, some are not,  as not all herbs can be acquired with an organic label,  and high quality wild crafted or naturally raised herbs Kat finds just as effective, without the higher price tag on them which would then have to be passed on to you.   She also raises many of her own herbs (over 70 at last count) in an organic manner.  You will find many of those in her livestock tinctures and salves.  You will find these products to have strong herbal smells and colors- we do not adulturate our products and use highly efficiacious herbs.  We use them here on our farm too- she NEEDs them to work!  She also places safety high on her list of priorities, and does not use toxic, habit forming, or poisenous plants.  We also offer steam distilled & CO2 extracted pure essential oils that she has sourced from wholesalers with integrity.

Kat offers consultations via email, in person and by phone for both human wellness concerns and for pet and livestock concerns.    Consultations must be prepaid before an appointment is set up.     Payments currently can be received by check, by money order,  or by paypal.    Appointments will generally be set up for Monday through Friday afternoons,  Pacific Standard Time.

Kat does speak at conferences and conventions and can offer Iridology and reflexology at many of those.   Contact her by email if you would like to set up a conference to find out her availability and details.

She also raises, along with her husband,  a nationally recognized and awarded herd of LaMancha dairy goats, with a couple of Toggenburgs thrown in for variety.   They are on a complete alternative health program,  yet are able to receive Best in Show, Top Ten milkers (in the US), and high appraisal scores.   We sell milking stock and breeding stock every year and ship US wide.   Please see that website if that interests you.  They also curently raise Norwegian fjord horses, great pyrenees guardian dogs, a barn cat, assorted chickens (mostly australorps), and a couple of pigs each year.  She has owned and worked with most types of farmstock and even exotics such as iguanas and geckos.   If the creature is important to you,  then it is important to her.

Your purchase or use of any product that we offer implies your taking full responsibility in use and in safeguarding them from children, creatures, or mentally inequipped persons from use as well as proper storage.     Per the FDA's requirements we do not make any claims of prevention, cure, or treatment with any of our products, nor can we or will we diagnose.  Kat is not a licensed medical doctor or veterinarian and makes no claims express or implied to be either.  She has claimed her 9th amendment rights to be able to offer  any products and services she chooses that are not expressly forbidden by law.   If a diganosis is wanted,  you may always consult a licensed professional for that service.

May you and your beloved creatures find Abundance in Wellness!

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever...

Adventures among Ants:

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

“Who the hell are you? . . . We have to have you back.”

Conan O’Brien

“This book [Face to Face with Frogs] is so gorgeous, I wish I was in it.”

—Stephen Colbert

“I don’t know why you’re still alive.”

E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

On May 25, 2010, the University of California Press will publish Adventurers among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions ($29.95 hardcover), an illuminating look at the hidden world of ants by “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” Mark W. Moffett.

One of only a handful of people to earn a Ph.D. under the world’s most respected ecologist, E.O. Wilson, Mark Moffett is a modern-day explorer, biologist, and photographer with more than a little luck on his side, having accidently sat on the world’s deadliest snake, battled drug lords with dart guns, and scrambled up a tree to escape bull elephants. For him such risks are worth it, as part of his mission to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected: insects, frogs, and other of nature’s small wonders.

In Adventures among Ants, Moffett takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey. In tales from the Amazon, Nigeria, Botswana, Madagascar, Borneo, India, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo.

Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunter, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human—including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world’s most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new insights and discoveries about the workings of both ant and human societies.

• Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity

• Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics

• Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food

"Mark Moffett's alluring stories show the extraordinary behavior of a world still on the edge of discovery. From swarm raiders to empire builders, Adventures among Ants combines brilliant portraits of six species with thought-provoking lessons about the nature of social evolution."

—Richard Wrangham, Author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Mark Moffett has written or photographed more than two-dozen articles for National Geographic. He is Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and the author of The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy and Face to Face with Frogs. Moffett has received numerous awards for writing, exploration and photography, including the Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award.

"Mark Moffett has been described as 'the Jane Goodall of ants.' Certainly Adventures among Ants, with its detailed account of his fieldwork, makes an invaluable contribution to our scientific knowledge of these creatures. But it does more. It is so well written and captures his excitement so wonderfully that it will bring this wealth of information to a far wider audience. I was fascinated by ants when I was a child—how I wish this book had been available to me then!"

—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

"Mark Moffett is in the front rank of present-day explorer naturalists. He has been in many of the most remote parts of the world, and has thorough scientific knowledge of his subject. His photographs are superb, the best ever taken."

—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

"Think you know all about ants? Think again, and take it from Mark W. Moffett, who has traveled all over the world to study them. The world of ants seems to be a parallel universe to our own. It's rife with warfare, terrorism, traffic jams and highway infrastructure. There is freedom and servitude, disease and hygiene, tool use and teamwork. A stimulating read, with stunning photography."

—Bernd Heinrich, author of The Mind of the Raven

"Mark Moffett is second to none as a naturalist storyteller. His big book of ant adventures is resplendent in detail, information, and theory, with that inimitable personal touch."—Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American

For more information, go to: http://www.adventuresamongants.com

To view images from Mark Moffett’s photography exhibit, “Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants,” which ran at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History through October 2009, go to: http://www.mnh.si.edu/ants/photogallery/index.htm

Book Specifications:

Adventures among Ants

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

$29.95 hardcover, with jacket

288 pages / 7 x 10”

61 color illustrations, 1 b/w photograph, 1 line illustration

ISBN: 978-0-520-26199-0

Publication date: May 25, 2010

Published by University of California Press


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Defending the Defenseless is for anyone who wants to join a growing crusade to bring animal protection to its rightful place in a civilized society. Allie Phillips wrote Defending the Defenseless for three primary reasons: she knows a great deal about animal protection, she is frequently asked by others how they can get involved as well and there is not currently a lot of information out there on how to get involved with helping animals.


This book guides readers through the variety of ways they can help companion animals and offers practical tips to get involved, from donating money to volunteering at animal shelters, from opposing animal experimentation to raising children to protect animals. Phillips shares her own personal experiences in her work with protecting animals, which she describes as “some involve outrageous joy, and others involve life-altering devastation.”

“If you are new to animal advocacy, this book is much more than a how-to manual. It provides those yearning to make a difference for animals with both a roadmap and a call to action. It also reminds experienced advocates why they became involved in this gratifying yet emotionally demanding cause.”—Beatrice Friedlander, Animals and Society Institute

Allie Phillips is an author, attorney and advocate for the protection of animals and vulnerable victims. She is a former prosecuting attorney who has worked for the National District Attorneys Association where she launched the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse. She was previously employed with American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. Allie is a nationally-recognized expert on issues involving animal protection and advocacy. She is a volunteer with King Street Cats (Alexandria, VA) and Vice President of No Paws Left Behind. She co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, is a council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and a Practitioner Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. She is author of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010). To learn more, please visit www.alliephillips.com.


An Imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group


October 2011 v 312 pages v 978-1-4422-0214-6v $34.95 Cloth

“Stand up straight, dear.” “Don’t mumble.” “No one finds that frown attractive.” “Be a lady and stick to your principles.”

My mother’s words still ring in my ears. Through my childhood, teens, and college years, her advice and her role model of grace, kindness, and quiet strength were instrumental in preparing me for an effective and successful life.   I had no idea, however, that her advice was also preparing me to be a dog trainer!

The animals on our farm were also my teachers.  In their own way, they taught me the true nature of power and influence.  The Queen of the Herd, the Lead Horse, and the Top Dog all got there without serious fighting or confrontation.  Instead they used body language, boundaries, focus, and quiet determination to achieve and hold their positions of power.  Had my mother been talking to them, too?

When I started my dog training business over twenty years ago, I did house calls. It was usually women who sought out my help because they were being overwhelmed by the family dog.  They were either mad and yelling, or being overly permissive and smothering which made them ineffectual and the dogs ran their lives.  Because these were house calls, I also got to observe their kids. Invariably, the women that could not control their dogs, could not control their kids.

Something started to click in my brain.  The very skills these women needed to control their dogs were the SAME ones they needed to control their kids… and probably other parts of their lives as well.

  • Don’t yell; stay calm
  • Set the boundaries and then enforce them
  • Be a leader, not a friend, a follower or a doormat
  • Power is achieved through control, not confrontation  (fights and confrontation in the animal world are the exception, not the rule)
  • Leadership is about being effective, not being loud (the dog doing the barking and the woman doing the yelling are not powerful or effective; the leaders are the quiet ones that simply get the job done)
  • If you don’t set your boundaries, no one respects you – not your peers, or your dog.

Because the vast majority of the dog-owning families leave dog responsibilities to us women, literally thousands of you have come to me over the years – feeling powerless, frustrated and defeated.  You assume that dog training requires either masculine strength and bravado (which you do not possess) or endless cookies and treats (which you are reluctant to use or have not solved your issues).  You are desperate for help.

I am passionate about helping women and saving dogs. If you have a dog that seems beyond control, don’t give up!  Read this book.  Your dog is not impossible; he’s just confused because you are not communicating in his language.  He ignores your frustration and yelling because he sees it as weakness, not strength.  Learn the secrets of calm, effective power and leadership in this book and you will be amazed at the turnaround in your dog.  Try it on your kids, your husbands and your co-workers while you’re at it!   What makes LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH special is that it points out the profound parallels between canine behavior and that of human beings.  We are all connected! The nature of power, how it is achieved quietly, and how clever leadership uses that power to influence (not force) the behavior of others is the real message of LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH. Dog training becomes a metaphor for life!

By focusing on a woman’s special challenges in dog training, and revealing her hidden strengths, LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH can help you discover your Inner Leader, train a dog that will make you and your family proud and, ultimately, give you a road map for getting more of what you want in life.


Who is this Josh Dean?  I am a magazine writer who resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, having fled the concrete and taxis of Manhattan for the greener pastures across the East River after the better part of a decade on the island. For many years, I was an editor at various magazines, most recently Men's Journal, where I was deputy editor. I left in 2004 to write full-time. Over the years, I have written for dozens of national magazines including Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Outside, New York, Entertainment Weekly, Inc., Fast Company, Spin, Golf, Men's Health, Runner's World, Budget Travel and Cosmopolitan, where I gave women questionable relationship advice for nearly two years. I am also one of the founding editors of PLAY, The New York Times Sports Magazine, and worked on that brilliant but short-lived project from its magical conception in the fall of 2005 until its untimely demise in late 2008, in the early days of print publishing's Ice Age. I was a contributing editor for Best Life for three years, writing about cars on a monthly basis and other subjects with less regularity, until that magazine was euthanized by Rodale in March of 2009. I achieved international reknown as a member of the US elephant polo team, which competed in the 2008 Elephant Polo World Championships, in Nepal. But you probably knew that already. To prove that I have at least part of a foot in this century, and that I can write for things that are not actually printed on paper -- and also to validate my obsession with international soccer -- I blogged the World Cup for New York Magazine. I'm currently working on my first book, SHOW DOG, which will be published by HarperCollins/IT Books in February of 2012, and also trying to get a handle on how to ensure that my first child, Charlie, becomes an international sports star. I am represented by Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Agency.  Author of the new book - SHOW DOG

Tammy Gagne is a freelance writer who specializes in the health and behavior of companion animals. She has authored more than 20 books about animals for both adults and children – including several titles in the Animal Planet Pet Care Library. In addition to books, Tammy has written dozens of articles for national pet care magazines, including Dog Fancy.

Although she has profiled numerous dog breeds – from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, Tammy has a special fondness for spaniels. In 2006, her book The Cocker Spaniel (TFH Publications) was nominated for an award by the Dog Writers Association of America. Two of her more recent titles from this series include The English Cocker Spaniel and The English Springer Spaniel.

Tammy resides in northern New England with her husband, son, dogs, and parrots.

Award-winning picture book teaches children about animals and the environment.


Award-winning author and photographer David FitzSimmons has a unique approach to animal portraiture, and he loves sharing it with kids. Instead of seeking rare animals in exotic locations, David photographs common animals—many found in your own back yard—against plain, white backgrounds.  The resulting images are striking.


David’s unconventional approach allows animals’ colors, textures, shapes, and “personalities” to shine through. Kids focus on the animals. That’s when the learning begins. David explains, “White backgrounds eliminate distractions and help young readers notice clues about animals’ behaviors, diets, life cycles, and habitats.”


Besides the extraordinary photography, each of the twenty-one Curious Critters gets a chance to tell its story. Take, for example, the jabbery jay, who explains that he loves to imitate other birds:


Kee-eeeee-arr. Kee-eeeee-arr.

Ha! I scared you with my hawk call, didn’t I? You thought I was coming to get you. Actually, I’m just a jabbery jay, but I love to imitate hawks and other birds.

Then there’s the crabby crayfish, who keeps snapping his claws at readers:


Do you know why I’m waving my giant claws? I’m warning you: Don’t come any closer.

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

I catch my food with these claws. I also attack and defend myself with them.

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

Do you want to know something really cool? If any of my legs get hurt, including my giant claws, I can grow new ones. Pretty neat, huh? Now, enough chitchat. Back off!

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

Curious Critters is filled with other fascinating fauna, including a beautiful butterfly, a frenetic flying squirrel, a brilliant red beetle, a pink katydid, a poetic opossum, a singing salamander, and other amazing animals.


In writing Curious Critters, David imagined that each critter talked to him during its portrait session and that he just wrote down what was said.

Curious Critters is not only entertaining but also educational. Before David began composing the short vignettes accompanying each photo, he reviewed national science education standards. Curious Critters addresses all the National Research Council’s life science standards for grades K-4.




The picture book also features additional natural history information for each Critter and a two-page spread of life-size silhouettes—where readers are asked to identify Critters, find one whose shape has changed, test geometry skills in looking for reversed silhouettes, and figure out what the various colors represent. The book also includes a glossary.

The book’s web site, www.curious-critters.com, has additional resources, including puzzles, coloring pages, e-cards, teacher aids, and stories about the making of the book.


David hopes that Curious Critters will inspire children and adults to conserve nature. “To protect our natural world, we first have to care about it. I hope that my animal pictures allow readers to see common animals—from frogs and squirrels to caterpillars and katydids—in a whole new and meaningful way. I hope the photography captivates even the most reluctant readers.”


Curious Critters is the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards silver medalist among Non-Fiction – Picture Books.




Author: David FitzSimmons


Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing

ISBN: 978-193660769-3

Format: Hardcover, 11 x 9.5, 32 pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2011

US Price: $19.95

Category: Children’s Books (Ages 4-8)



David FitzSimmons is an award-winning freelance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. He  photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications, and his over-100 calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble.


A former high school English teacher, David has been in education for twenty years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. David holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.


One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues. David’s environmentally focused, multi-media performance, “350: Images of Fragile Earth,” travels widely. In 2011 David’s children’s book, Curious Critters, received a silver medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards competition.


David was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist, and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe.


Visit David at: www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

Saying Goodbye to a Devoted Companion

In Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, A Good Dog, and other acclaimed works, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz has written meaningfully about the cherished bond between humans and animals—especially our intense connection to our pets. Now, in this moving and thoughtful book, Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.

When Jon Katz first brought Orson home, he couldn’t predict how this boisterous border collie would change his life, most notably by inspiring him to buy Bedlam Farm. Yet for all of Katz’s years as a dog owner, Orson’s death shook him in a deeply profound way. “I was embarrassed by my grief,” he remembers. “What right did I have to fall to pieces over a border collie?”

Full of empathy, insight, and sage advice, Going Home is an invaluable guide and touchstone for anyone who has lost a pet. Jon Katz honors the animals that have graced our lives and reveals their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.

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