I was born in Yorkshire, England, where the famous veterinarian James Herriott worked and wrote All Creatures Great and Small. My mother was British and my father French. My two brothers are engineers, and they still live in England. I also have relatives in England, Australia, and New Zealand. I lived in various parts of England (London, Bournemouth, Poole, and Surrey) before moving to the United States in 1986.
My hobbies and interests are so varied that they must seem like an odd mix for an animal rights activist. I write poetry and enjoy drawing and painting. I love interior design, especially American Victorian furniture. Making ceramics and dried flower arrangements, gardening, reading, and reviewing books for authors are a few of the other ways I spend my free time.
But my first passion is my love of animals. I share my home with Samuel Wedgewood Bartholomew, who is a thirteen-year-old Westie, and Molly Girl, who is a terrier mix about eight years old (she came from the shelter so I don’t know her birthday). My other companions are Juicy Lucy, a little white poodle who came from the streets almost four years ago; Frankie Panky, a shelter rescue about seven years old; and a Cairn Terrier (just like Toto from The Wizard of Oz).
My first recollection of being an activist was at the age of about eleven, when I would stand in the city square of my hometown ask-