Sheila Webster Boneham has been involved with animals most of her life. She grew up surrounded by dogs, both purebred and mixed breeds. In her teens and twenties she showed hunters and jumpers. After time out for graduate school and university teaching, she “downsized” to canine sports. Her favorite sport, featured in Drop Dead on Recall, is obedience, and she has trained & shown 8 dogs to obedience titles in AKC, UKC, and ASCA, including #3 Australian Shepherd 1999 and #5 Australian Shepherd 1996. Sheila has also trained and/or competed with her dogs in conformation, tracking, agility, rally, herding, and retriever fieldwork. She bred highly competitive Australian Shepherds under the kennel name Perennial for a number of years, and has had at least one Labrador Retriever in her life since 1988. Sheila founded the first Labrador Retriever rescue group in Indiana in the early ‘90s and has volunteered over the years with Aussie rescue and several shelters. She judges Australian Shepherd Club of America conformation and has judged AKC conformation and obedience matches as well.
Sheila has published 17 nonfiction books about dogs, cats, and animal rescue, and is a six-time winner of Maxwell and MUSE awards from the professional associations for dog and cat writers. In addition to her mysteries and pet books, Sheila writes narrative nonfiction and poetry, and teaches writing workshops and classes. Her current furry muses are Lily, a 7-year-old multi-titled yellow Lab, and Sunny, a 12-year-old rescued Golden Retriever whom Sheila and her husband Roger adopted last November. In case you wonder, Jay, the Aussie in the story, is based on Sheila’s own beautiful Aussie Jay, who died last year just shy of his fourteenth birthday. Leo, a V.I.C. (Very Important Cat) in Sheila’s Animals in Focus series, is based on several cats who have shared the Boneham’s couch over the years, and the real Gypsy was a feral cat who raised her kitten Bob under the Boneham’s deck.