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Your Garden and Your Pets
Spring officially arrives this week. This is the time of year when many of us dream of vibrant flowers in shades of red, yellow, purple, and blue, livening up the lawns that have been white or brown for so long. Did you know many types of plants and flowers are poisonous to pets and that some garden products and insecticides are toxic to our furry friends as well? As you think about spring preparation and planting, and if you have pets, keep in mind some plants and preparation products are hazardous to animals.
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About Gayle M. Irwin - Author, Writer, Speaker, and Pet Advocate
Gayle Mansfield Irwin is a contributor to seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books, including the August 2017 release The Dog Really Did That? She began submitting and seeing her stories published in this internationally-acclaimed publication in 2008; her first accepted piece was simply titled "Sage," about her blind springer spaniel. Sage was the catalyst for Gayle's book authorship, with her first publication, Sage's Big Adventure, published in 2007.
Her writing career started more than 25 years ago when she began working for newspapers. She continues freelancing for various publications, including Prairie Times in Colorado, the Casper Star Tribune, and Wyoming Rural Electric News (WREN). Her pet columns have appeared in Douglas Budget, River Press, and Our Town Casper. She also writes and publishes a weekly pet blog on this website.
Her authorship includes books about dogs and cats for children as well as adults. Each inspirational work weaves life lessons into the story, such as trust, friendship, courage, confidence, and perseverance. Gayle enjoys encouraging people through her books as well as educating them about pet adoption. She has also written a book to help owners of blind dogs, sharing her knowledge after sharing more than 10 years with a blind springer spaniel. Learn more about her books on her Books page.
Gayle has won several awards for her writing, for magazine and newspaper articles as well as her books. Her latest award, the Milestone Award, was given to her in June 2017 by Wyoming Writers, Inc., a state-wide writers’ group of which she is a member.
A firm believer in pet adoption, Gayle is the proud pet parent of Mary, a springer/cocker mix, sister-cats Murphy and Bailey, and puppy mill survivor Jeremiah, adopted in September 2017. Within her heart resides the memories of many other special animals, including Sage, a blind springer spaniel who was the catalyst for and main character in Gayle’s first book; Cody, a ten-year-old cocker spaniel left at a local shelter because he was “too old;” Sam, a cocker spaniel Gayle adopted in 1990 after he was found wandering a rural Montana road and no one reclaimed; and Ama, a princess-of-a-cat who came to live with Gayle after the kitty's elderly owners passed away. All of these pets have been instrumental in Gayle’s writings; many are featured in her book Tail Tales: Stories of Pets Who Touched My Heart and Impacted My Life.
She enjoys sharing about the pet-human bond. A former animal shelter worker in Montana and Wyoming, she continues helping animal welfare organizations as a volunteer, transporting pets into rescue or to their new homes and assisting with events. She also donates part of her writing proceeds back to these groups.
Her passions are pets, nature, travel, photography, and writing, which she stitches together in the tapestry of her life and weaves into her writing and speaking.