ABOUT EMILY AND GEORGE
Emily is a children's author and former columnist. Inspired by her childhood visits with her mother, siblings, and school to Laughing Brook Sanctuary, in Hampden Mass, the home of children's writer Thornton Burgess, Emily clearly remembers being in awe when touring the property and seeing the animals that inspired his writing. Even as a young child, she was most especially impressed with seeing his studio, where the stories she read in the paper and library were written. She believes this experience had a profound positive effect on her life, and was most likely the spark that ignited her passion for writing and animals. At this point in her life, Emily's wish is to pass this on, to share a similar opportunity that she had as a child, with future generations. At the same time Emily wishes to show her gratitude to animals that have shaped her life as well, most especially a rare landrace breed who truly needs our help. Symbiosis is one of Emily's favorite words, and the sanctuary exemplifies it.
George is a retired police officer who never expected to become a pony farmer. They met because of a Newfoundland pony, Brynshires Mandolyn, and the rest is history. The farm has a wonderful cast of animal characters, including Mabel, the heroine of Emily's beloved books; "Mabel Takes the Ferry, Mabel Takes a Sail and Mabel Takes a Paddle". You can learn more about Mabel, and Emily's books by going to her web site at www.emilychetkowski.com.