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Tracy Ahrens has been a journalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and websites for over 20 years. Currently she is a freelance writer for several publications including the Chicago Tribune.
As of 2012, Tracy had won 51 writing awards statewide, locally, and nationally. She is a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.
For years she's volunteered for animal rescue groups including the Kankakee County Animal Foundation, which she co-founded in 1994. Further, Tracy is an artist, creating graphite pet portraits. Her illustrations have been showcased on note cards for the Kankakee County Animal Foundation in Kankakee, Ill. She's donated portraits for fund-raising events at Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, the University of Illinois Wildlife Veterinary Clinic in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Critter Corral guinea pig rescue in Steger, Ill. and Crossroads Shih Tzu rescue based in Joliet, Ill. In the past she offered pet portraits through the University of Illinois Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help raise funds for their Humane Connection Fund. Several of her pet portraits are currently on display in the Small Animal Clinic at the UofI.
Her portrait of a cat titled “Jackson Brown” is on permanent display at the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation cat museum that opened in June 2011 in Alliance, Ohio. Her portrait of a rabbit named Bosley is on permanent display in the House Rabbit Society's Rabbit Center in Richmond, Calif.
Tracy has written two children’s books, “Cloud Jumpers” and “What if the Moon” through Guardian Angel Publishing, and two non-fiction books titled “Giant Hero” (Infinity Publishing) and “Raising My Furry Children” (Weaving Dreams Publishing). “Raising My Furry Children” features a guest story by Steve Dale and proceeds are going to the American Humane Association and American Brittany Rescue. Her most recent published work is a book of poetry titled “Nature will heal” by Finishing Line Press (2012).
Full Name: Tracy Ahrens
What I Do for a Living: Professional journalist, editor, author, artist, musician
What I Do for Fun: fly fishing, gardening, being with my pets, being in nature, playing flute-piccolo-fife-handbells, writing, drawing
The Furry Members of My Household Are: Trucker (dog); and cats Joan of Arc, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Forest Horatio Maxwell Fluffy Bottom
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Amazing people and subjects, and of course -- pets
How I Deal with Cat/Dog Hair: Vacuum or lint roller
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: What I am now -- only be able to survive financially doing so!
Aug 15, 2014 — In a thunderstorm, Tucker scrambled onto our roof, then jumped off and ran across town before collapsing. Has your dog been scared like that?
Jun 26, 2014 — What is it with dogs and cats and clean sheets? At my house, it's party time when I make the bed!
May 1, 2014 — My Tucker has rolled around in dog poop, goose poop, and something that smelled so bad even the groomer was shocked. It's driving me crazy!
Apr 25, 2014 — I have pet memorials, but I also keep a large stuffed moose that Speckles loved -- I still have it 18 years after he entered my life.
Mar 13, 2014 — My rescue dog Tucker had terrible nightmares, but now he often sleeps happily on his side.
Mar 5, 2014 — You played a role in shaping my character, mainly my fervor to aid creatures in need.
Oct 28, 2013 — In my house, the lint roller poses a sticky situation. What about yours?
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