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Tracy Ahrens has been a journalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and websites for over 20 years. Currently she is a freelance writer for several publications including the Chicago Tribune.
As of 2012, Tracy had won 51 writing awards statewide, locally, and nationally. She is a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.
For years she's volunteered for animal rescue groups including the Kankakee County Animal Foundation, which she co-founded in 1994. Further, Tracy is an artist, creating graphite pet portraits. Her illustrations have been showcased on note cards for the Kankakee County Animal Foundation in Kankakee, Ill. She's donated portraits for fund-raising events at Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, the University of Illinois Wildlife Veterinary Clinic in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Critter Corral guinea pig rescue in Steger, Ill. and Crossroads Shih Tzu rescue based in Joliet, Ill. In the past she offered pet portraits through the University of Illinois Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help raise funds for their Humane Connection Fund. Several of her pet portraits are currently on display in the Small Animal Clinic at the UofI.
Her portrait of a cat titled “Jackson Brown” is on permanent display at the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation cat museum that opened in June 2011 in Alliance, Ohio. Her portrait of a rabbit named Bosley is on permanent display in the House Rabbit Society's Rabbit Center in Richmond, Calif.
Tracy has written two children’s books, “Cloud Jumpers” and “What if the Moon” through Guardian Angel Publishing, and two non-fiction books titled “Giant Hero” (Infinity Publishing) and “Raising My Furry Children” (Weaving Dreams Publishing). “Raising My Furry Children” features a guest story by Steve Dale and proceeds are going to the American Humane Association and American Brittany Rescue. Her most recent published work is a book of poetry titled “Nature will heal” by Finishing Line Press (2012).
Full Name: Tracy Ahrens
What I Do for a Living: Professional journalist, editor, author, artist, musician
What I Do for Fun: fly fishing, gardening, being with my pets, being in nature, playing flute-piccolo-fife-handbells, writing, drawing
The Furry Members of My Household Are: Trucker (dog); and cats Joan of Arc, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Forest Horatio Maxwell Fluffy Bottom
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Amazing people and subjects, and of course -- pets
How I Deal with Cat/Dog Hair: Vacuum or lint roller
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: What I am now -- only be able to survive financially doing so!
Oct 13, 2014 — My cat, Forest, has many names, including For-is-ti-cuff, Cream of For-ina, and, well, Monkey Butt.
Jun 26, 2014 — I'm often on my knees at my parents' house, with a yardstick in one hand and a flashlight in the other -- on a cat toy search-and-rescue mission.
Mar 20, 2014 — If I find open cupboards or tufts of fur around the house, I know exactly which cute kitty is to blame.
Dec 11, 2013 — I had to redecorate my family's tree last year multiple times, and I still don't know.
Jun 6, 2013 — The longhaired cat was a part of our family. The call saying it was time for her to go came too soon.
May 2, 2013 — My cat licks, nibbles, bites, and knocks things over. Oddly enough, I look forward to it. How about you?
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