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Meet Kate Eldredge

I got my foot in the door to the writing world when I was 10 by writing an article on herding with my Corgi Flash for the Corgi Cryer. Since I love dogs and love to write, writing about dogs was the natural course of action. I wrote the junior handler column for the online agility magazine agilityaction.com, a Junior Showmanship column for the Corgi Cryer from 2004 to 2009 and the Junior Showmanship column for Dogs In Review from 2005 through 2008. The Dogs In Review column had been passed on to me when the previous columnist aged out of Juniors, so I did that as well. In 2006 I added on the rally column for the USASA Journal, which is still going strong today. I have also written articles for Dogs for Kids magazine and the 2009 edition of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Guidebook.

In attending the annual Pet Writers' Conference hosted by the Cat Writers' Association, my mom and I were throwing around book ideas and it occurred to us that there were no dog books for kids by a kid. Head of the Class, a guide that takes you from choosing the right dog to care and training and beyond, was born. I wrote most of it, and my mom wrote the health chapter and a special For Parents Only section at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also featured a different junior and his or her dogs. Since publication in 2006 by Wiley/Howell, it has amazed me the number of people that have come up to me at shows and said that they read my columns and loved the book. Probably my favorite feedback was when a girl came up to me at the 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, CA and said how much Head of the Class had helped her. I've also gotten emails from breeders who send a copy home with any puppy going to a home with kids and instructors who use it as a resource when working with kids. Knowing that I've helped out at least a few dog lovers is a really great feeling.

Between high school and dog shows I wasn't sure when another book would be in the works, but then I was contacted by Marion Lane of the ASPCA and asked if I would write the trick book for their kids series. Tricks are some of my favorite things to train, so I accepted and got to work. Amazing Pet Tricks, with tricks for dogs, cats, horses and even turtles, came out early in 2009, also from Wiley/Howell. My latest project was a set of captions for the picture book Gotta Love Dogs, published by Barrons. All three books are currently available on amazon.com.

As well as getting published, my writing has earned several honors in writing contests.

From the Dog Writers' Association of America:

  • Three-time winner of the Junior Writer Award

  • 2004 Best Regional Magazine Column for Korgi Kids

  • 2006 Best Training and Behavior Book for Head of the Class

From the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers:

  • Three-time winner of the Junior Writer Award

  • 2006 Captain Haggerty Award for Head of the Class

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