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Kathy Lentz is a children’s author, wildlife photographer, and animal educator. A retired pet groomer of thirty-seven years, she rescued dozens of dogs and cats and ensured every pet found wonderful homes with her clients.

Through fifteen years of traveling in the US, Kathy has dedicated her time to learning more about animals and nature, which inspired her debut children’s book, Gramps the Awesome Otter and her newest Millie the Marvelous Mini.

When she’s not snapping photos of wonderful wildlife, plus dogs and horses, you can find her spoiling her four grandkids, oil painting, or teaching classrooms about their own wildlife environments.

Kathy lives in a suburb of Chicago with her amazing husband, two dogs, and a cat.

   Q and A

How did your interest in animals begin?

I remember wishing only for a dog of my own as a small child. I brought home stray dogs to be told they already had homes.

Every dog was my friend and every television show and book with an animal was my favorite. It seemed like an eternity but I finally got my first dog at seven years old.

My Dad was the animal and nature lover in the family and I'm fortunate he passed that along to me.

Did books influence your path in life?

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Yes, As a small child I  read "The Pokey Little Puppy" (Janette Sebring, 1942). As a young teen, "Misty of Chincoteague" (Marguerite Henry, 1947). Finally, my all time adult favorite "All Creatures Great and Small" (James Heriott, 1972).

This contributed to setting my life’s course from pet care and rescue to wildlife photography to writing children’s picture books.

Certainly to write more stories about amazing animals. 

My wish is that every parent and child  has fun together reading about "Gramps the Awesome Otter" and "Millie the Marvelous Mini."

I hope that they are inspired in a way that makes them remember these stories in the years to come.

I would be honored if one day your children shared Gramps and Millie with their own children.

What are your goals for the future?