Pets Team

Steve Cook

Sub-Editor

Email: steve.cook@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Steve Cook runs the "more than a dog catcher" blog and social media pages. The page was established to try and correct some of the misinformation around about animal legislation. Steve is an experienced Council Animal Management Officer, who has worked for city, semi rural and rural Councils. Steve is also a qualified dog trainer and has worked in the animal care industry. Steve has completed Swinburne University's Graduate Diploma Of Arts Commercial Radio and has worked in radio and television.

Jennifer Douglas

Contributor

Email: jennifer.douglas@theaustraliatimes.com.au

With over 10 years experience in publicity, public relations and the marketing industry, which includes working with Allen and Unwin and Palmer Higgs Publishing, Jennifer has a vast knowledge in both the publishing and publicity industry. Having undertaken many courses over the years in writing and poetry Jennifer has anin-depth knowledge in the field of writing and reviewing, being able to provide an efficient, effective and professional service as a publicist. As a qualified Early Childhood Educator and a home educating mum with over 16 years experience, she has a passion for quality children's books and educational resources. When not working Jennifer can be found relaxing with a good book, writing a book or spending time with her family and the vast array of pets they have acquired over the years.

Claire Gordon

Contributor

Email: claire.gordon@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Claire is a Scottish writer living in South Australia, having immigrated to Australia in 2006. Claire has a background working in Veterinary Nursing, with certificates in Animal Studies and is currently finishing an undergraduate degree in Psychological Science. Claire has a passion for writing, having written for multiple formats, including magazines and music websites. She currently manages a website, Facebook page and twitter account for a rock band in South Australia, frequently writes for Verse Magazine, a University ran magazine and mentors first year undergraduate students. Claire has a strong interest in animal behaviour and plans to pursue a career in animal behaviour and combine this with her love of writing.

Lauren Magee

Contributor

Email: lauren.magee@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Lauren Magee is an aspiring editor and dog lover. Her favourite pastime is sipping a cup of peppermint tea whilst cuddling any dog she can find. Lauren is also the editor of Verandah Journal; a literary and arts publication that emerged from Deakin University, and 2016 marks its 31st year of annual publication. A degree in Arts, majoring in Literary Studies, at Deakin University, has persuaded Lauren to continue her editorial pursuits, and she hopes to be a published writer in the near future. She also runs a blog where books are reviewed and the world of editorial work is examined. For the time being, Lauren is living in Melbourne, Australia, though she is hoping for a great adventure sometime soon.

Judy Dick

Contributor

Email: judy.dick@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Judy lives with her husband, Steve on what she terms is a slice of paradise on five acres in Burrum Heads. 'Across the sea' from Fraser Island their property is part of a little hamlet located six minutes drive from the beach where she and her dogs walk in solitary bliss. She and Steve often bump into kangaroos that graze on the lawn and when they're not surrounded by lorikeets, king parrots, currawongs, gallahs, red and yellow tailed cockatoos at feeding time, they're busy keeping their garden in shape.It's here Judy found her inspiration to write about nature. Having always been a passionate writer who has had some of her poetry published, she is fuelled with determination and a deep need to communicate through the written word. Currently ghost writing for a client in Dubai, writing articles is an opportunity to branch out.As they say, when you do what you love and you love what you do, it comes nowhere near that pesky word called 'Work'. There's no such thing when you're writing about animals.

Divya Emanuel

Contributor

Email: divya.emanuel@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I'm a SAHM turned ideator. I used to be in the creative field before I had my son. When the kid was old enough to speak he wanted a pet. I resisted for as long as I could but finally caved 2 years back & I'm now a proud pet mum. Life is busy juggling the 2 but also filled with lots of laughs, hollers and vacuuming the bedrock of inspirations for GigglesSniggles.