Author: Caroline Coile

I'm Caroline Coile, and I'm addicted to dogs. I've had sighthounds since I was six years old, and Salukis since I was in my teens. That stuff you hear about how dogs are good for your health? No. My dogs have aged me way beyond my years. And it's been worth every lost year. The thing they do most to make me age? Ignoring me when I call. Running away, even. So when I was in college I figured if I took a bunch of courses in animal behavior, animal learning, behavioral genetics and animal senses I'd have the tools I needed to train them to come. It didn't work. But I did get a Ph.D. trying. Since then I've written 33 books about dogs, plus hundreds of articles, and won lots of writing awards. My best known book is Barron's Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. And my dogs have won awards: Best in Shows, Best in Fields and even Obedience and Agility High in Trials at the Saluki National. And once in a while they even come when called. Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.  The D. is for Diana. My internet friends call me CC, because I can't type two letters in order but I seldom mix up the order of my initials. Location: On the banks of the Suwannee River in North Florida. Where You Can Find Me on the Internet: Not on the mug shots page! Try instead: for me; or for my dogs. What I Do for a Living: I write about dogs! What I Do for Fun: I don't write about dogs. But I play with them and train them (especially in agility) and compete with them. The Furry Members of My Household Are: Salukis Pepe, Luna, Ponzi, Mecca, and Persia, and sort-of-if-you-squint Russell Terrier Sparky. My Favorite Things to Write About Are: How I Won the Lottery; but since that occasion has not yet arisen, meanwhile I like writing about anything doggy, but especially science, genetics, breeds, competitions, fun--and of course, my own dogs! My Pet Peeves Are: People who don't let other people love the dogs they love. My Guilty Pleasures Are: Um ... I would hardly share those if they're really guilty pleasures, now would I? OK, sometimes I write fractured fanfic sure to offend all fans. How I Deal with Dog Hair: a) Gather it up, weave it into an artful wig, and sell it on eBay. b) Leave it; it will form a soft carpet-like flooring that only gets thicker with time. c) Hair? What hair? d) All of the above. What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Wiser. Richer. Younger.