|Dawn, Splash and Roxie
Dawn has shared her life with a variety of "creatures great and small". She has had a
long love affair with horses, but is best known for her work with hedgehogs. She is author of the book, "The Happy,
Healthy Hedgehog", and has trained veterinarians and veterinary technicians on hedgehog handling and care.
Dawn has been an invited speaker to WEZAM, the Wildlife Exotic and Zoo Animal Medicine conference, at the University
of Wisconsin. Her articles on hedgehogs, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and other small pets have appeared in numerous trade
and consumer publications. Dawn developed and sponsors IHOG, an agility program for hedgehogs, is a judge for the International
Hedgehog Association, and has assisted with 4-H small animal projects.
describes herself as a perpetual learner, participating in clinics and apprenticeships on a regular basis to continue her
training. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Holistic Health.
her stature in the exotic pocket pet community, she has developed a practice that includes rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, poison
arrow frogs, bearded dragons, elephants, and even millipedes, in addition to hedgehogs, dogs, cats, horses and humans.
Dawn teaches contemporary world culture and green living in academic settings and everything she loves in non-academic
settings. Course offerings include animal communication training, Reiki for animals and their humans, green living,
shamanic practices, drum making and more.
Dawn and her husband, Bob, currently
share their mini-farm with their "pound puppy", Roxie, their barn cat Callie, five hedgehogs, Lady
Morgana, Mariah Namid, Huxley, Hank, and Frank, and a lot of nature spirits.