Gregg A Smith,
Gregg is a born and raised Cornhusker - that is, a Nebraskan.
Gregg did his undergraduate studies at Coe College in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his MA in English at the
University of Louisville in Kentucky, and his PhD in Comparative
Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. His
dissertation addressed the role of the dead in medieval Celtic and
Norse literature. Gregg currently teaches college literature and writing in southwest Oregon. When he's not biting his nails over a Cornhusker football
game, he spends his free time fishing (flyfishing - thank you),
hiking, and writing. He also has a great frisbee arm, and exercises it
daily with our Belgians Ceth and Asa.
Julie was born and raised south of the Mason-Dixon line in Louisville,
Kentucky. That's "Loo-uh-vul". She has suffered from a not-so-rare
disorder popularly called "dog crazy". Julie began her undergraduate
studies in zoology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. When
her future husband accepted his doctoral candidacy at the University of
Washington, she decided this was a good time to see the country. In Washington
she finished her Bachelor of Science in Zoology, then became a professional
dog trainer/behaviorist. In 1993, after 7 years of training dogs, she
exercised another interest, and devoted several years to an entrepreneurial
venture supplying homemade fresh pet foods to private parties, pet supply
stores and health food stores. Julie is now happily back teaching dogs
and their owners as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior
Consultant; she owns and operates Canine
Behavior Services in southwest Oregon, and has a line of flower essence formulas - Aldaron Animal Essences - designed to help improve dog behavior issues. Julie and Gregg have
several Belgian Sheepdogs and 2 housecats, Finn and Connor, who help keep the
dogs in line.
and Julie share a great love of the outdoors, are passionate Sci-Fi fans,
love good food - the more exotic the better - and also have a special
interest in Medieval and Renaissance music.