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In 2017 Americans spent $69.51 billion dollars on their pets and it's estimated $72.13 billion will be spent in 2018. From doggie daycare and dog walkers to organic food pet parents are constantly looking for new ways to enrich the daily lives of their dogs. Over 89.7 million dogs are currently living in homes across the United States Millennials are more obsessed with their dogs than ever. A recent study from SunTrust Mortgage found that one third of millennial homeowners purchased their first home to have space for a dog, and having a dog was cited above marriage or children as a reason for home purchasing. Publicity hooks include the positive physical, mental and emotional health impacts of trick training for dogs. Sassafras offers a compelling voice that brings together real dog training experience with fun and humor readers can identify with. Sassafras is active as a trick training resource on a variety of trick focused social media pages and a regular contributor to national dog magazines including: Dogster, The Bark, AKC. Sassafras has recently been featured by the American Kennel Club, Narratively, Whole Dog Journal, PBS and New York Time's Wirecutter

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Sassafras Lowrey is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sassafras' books (Lost Boi, Kicked Out, A Little Queermas Carol, Leather Ever After, and Roving Pack) have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Sassafras' fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Catapult, Narratively, and The Rumpus. She has taught for Lit Reactor, The NYC Center For Fiction and regularly teaches writing at colleges, conferences and for community groups across the country. Sassafras has been involved with dog sports and dog training for over twenty years including Competition Obedience, Dog Agility, Tricks, Rally Obedience, and service dog training. In the early 2000s Sassafras competed at top levels of Dog Agility and is an All-Star Trainer of The Year Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI). Sassafras currently competes with her own dogs in tricks and canine parkour and trains in rally obedience and dog agility. Her dogs have achieved Champion Trick Dog (the highest level of trick competition), and Trick Dog Performer titles. Sassafras has written regularly for dog magazines for over a decade and she frequently contributes to The Bark, AKC, Dogster Magazine and Whole Dog Journal; among other publications discussing dog lifestyle trends, news, dog health, training and behavior. Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a blog for Psychology Today, Fellow Creatures, and received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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