Katie is a writer, dog lover, conservationist, mom, and athlete. She's taught a"Writing About Animals" course at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and regularly writes about conservation issues for the New England Forestry Foundation. Katie has also been a guest blogger on the Nat Geo website.

Bella, her gentle, black Newfoundland, is ninth in a long line of lovable, large family dogs. Bella whelped eight lovely puppies three summers ago. Blue, her first born son, is a bigger version of his Mom. To see more pictures of Bella and Blue, click on the link above to Bella's Blog.