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Amy grew up at Long Lane Dairy in Everson, Washington, nestled at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. She bottle fed baby calves, milked the adult cows, moved irrigation pipes by hand twice per day in the summers to water the fields to grow hay and silage for the farm's herd of Holstein cows and tried desperately to tame all the barn cats.
The real Gizmo was actually born on the farm. Amy bottle fed her and when Gizmo was a year old, Amy trained her to become a show animal at the Northwest Washington Fair in Whatcom County. Amy had another show cow named Princess. It was Princess that actually came from the auction barn. However, Gizmo had to assume the lead role in this story as another series about a cow named Princess already exists. Gizmo was far more cooperative in the show ring than was Princess who head butted Amy.
Amy has more than 30 years of writing experience having written in the agricultural press while obtaining her bachelor's degree in Communications from Washington State University. While in college, she won the National Agricultural Library Award for a feature story on the day in the life of a milk inspector. Amy and husband, Bob, who served 20 years in the United States Coast Guard, lived in Alaska for more than two decades during which Amy worked as an award-winning community news journalist. Today she is in Florida doting on her grandchildren as much as possible and telling Gizmo's story.