Allie Layos is a lifelong animal lover. She grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania with a wide variety of pets that included dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds, goats, ponies, poultry, and one pot-bellied pig. She is also a competitive equestrian, and has competed across the country aboard both Morgan and American Saddlebred horses. A published author since age 14, she loves writing, and nothing makes her happier than writing about her beloved animals. Today she is editor-at-large at the international equestrian publication Saddle & Bridle Magazine, and has freelanced for a number of other animal-related publications as well.