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Susan is a canine behaviourist and a storyteller. She lives with her family and dogs, in particular, Rocky the Border collie and Stella, the blind dog. She is a canine behaviourist, as well, and spends her time writing and illustrating; training and counselling dogs and being bossed around by the family cat, Speed Bump Charlie.
Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.
Susan is passionate about children's literature and wants to inspire children to be better people and encourage them to follow their dreams. She runs workshops for children teaching them how to form the wonders of their imaginations into stories.
She is also passionate about building a meaningful relationship between a dog and its owner - one built on trust and respect. The gentle, positive based training she developed has successfully resulted in hundreds of dogs becoming valuable members of their homes and their communities.
on Feb. 12, 2015 :
This wasn't my favourite of the Astro's Adventures books, but it was still a pretty good read. I'm still loving the canine cast, and the other characters in the book were great too. But I still have an issue with the physical capabilities of the animals being inconsistent... If they're pets/regular creatures, then they should only have the physical capabilities of the real creatures (for example, dogs don't have opposable thumbs, and cats can't put their "arms" by their sides to make themselves more streamlined for ease of swimming) and if they're animal characters with the physical capabilities of humans, they shouldn't be able to so easily pass for regular animals, and wouldn't need humans anyway; thus illiminating the need for the organization's true reason for existing. Also, regardless of the type of cat character he is - and fish supper or not - a cat should have been more reluctant to jump in the water (I'm not saying a cat wouldn't go in water, but I would have liked to see a bit of reluctance before he jumped in). However, other than those issues, I thought it was a pretty good read, and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2014 :
This is a fun and imaginative story in a series about a group of unusual dogs. When Neptune, King of the Seas, loses his all-powerful trident, who’s he going to call? He needs someone who can sink their teeth into the case. For the canine detectives from The Organisation, a secret group in the Doggy Day Care Centre, this is just up their street. They will go to any lengths and depths – even to the bottom of the ocean – to get the trident back. This is a colourful underwater fantasy adventure that kids will enjoy. The author writes in a style that makes the characters and action very visual for young readers. Try it.
(reviewed long after purchase)