To Buy or Not to Buy

Deborah Wolfe on Pet Life Radio

Deb and Stacy Mantle  from talk about what to buy and what not to buy for the pet lovers and pets on your Holiday list.

Deborah tells you what she really thinks about puppy pee pads and Stacy delivers a thrashing review of a pet pee siren product that would freak out even the calmest dog.  Plus they tell you about an indestructible ball that actually seals the tooth holes your dog makes!  You’ll get some wildlife sightings, holiday and cold weather safety tips plus a couple of stories about a dog with ADHD and a cat with a new personality.  Plus Deborah gives you training tips for the tough dogs in your life and promises a follow up show with Dr. Stanley Coren to talk about pit bulls and ‘dangerous dogs’ now when recent attacks have made that issue once again front and center in Montreal and Vancouver and so many other places. (See Deborah Wolfe’s YouTube channel for video how-to demos of the top ten commands your dog should know). 


Stacy Mantle has become known as the "… Erma Bombeck of animals" for good reason. Her humorous, (take-no-prisoners, writing style is interwoven with poignant vignettes of courage and loyalty shown by the animals she shares her home with. Her books inspire her readers to new respect and appreciation for all animals, everywhere.

Stacy is a full-time professional writer, and works from her home studio and office located in the beautiful southwestern desert area of Arizona. Living the life she writes about, her household includes an ever-changing number of cats, dogs, fish, and turtles, as well as a coyote/wolf hybrid, and a very, VERY understanding husband. :-)

A dedicated animal activist and rescuer, Stacy regularly participates in Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) projects, determined to help reduce the numbers of feral cats across the country and educate the world on their plight. She is also active in wolf hybrid and cat rescue, when room in her crowded home allows, often fostering young and/or abused animals in her home until they are healthy enough for adoption. 

In 2004, teaming up with business partner and illustrator, Jill Carpenter, Stacy wrote an award-winning children's book called, "So, You Have a New Kitten!” aimed at educating children and their parents about the importance of responsible pet care. This book was quickly followed by "So, You Have a New Puppy!” in 2005. 

This year thousands of these privately sponsored “Children's Learning & Activity" books are being donated to, and distributed by, humane and rescue organizations across the Southwest. 

Stacy has been Managing Director of Southwest Educational Publishing for over a decade, and in 2005 became a Managing Partner in GrokQuest!, LLC. Both companies specialize in curriculum development and children's educational materials, with GrokQuest offering additional consulting services, corporate curriculum for custom management or employee training packages, as well as full commercial art and graphic design services for businesses.

Stacy writes two monthly pet product review columns on her PetsWeekly website: On the Prowl: A Feline Purr…spective, and The Weekly Growl: A Canine Commentary. Featuring only the best of the newest pet products on the market, her reviews are based on rigorous, in-house testing by her menagerie of animals. As a result, her reviews and recommendations are greatly prized, and sought after by major vendors in today's booming pet product industry. 

In Print:
Stacy is author of several books, including the popular, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One). These books are available in Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide, as well as online at or

Her stories, articles and reviews can be found in such print publications as Pacific YachtingThe Arabian Horse Times, Today's AZ Woman, Pets Illustrated, Jackson Parents Magazine and many others.

The World: 

Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience.

Some people describe Dusty as a Renaissance woman, or maybe they really mean she's ahead of her time. Six years before the premiere of Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunter show (and the TV ghost-hunting craze that followed) Dusty got her kicks hanging out in creepy locations wielding EMF meters and video cameras. Her experiences later provided her with fodder for her latest paranormal mystery, DEATH UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON (Yard Dog Press.) (You can watch Dusty's Crescent Hotel ghost voice video that inspired her novel at

Readers who love both ghosts and cats might also enjoy her award-winning nonfiction book, GHOST CATS: HUMAN ENCOUNTERS WITH FELINE SPIRITS (The Lyons Press), and her latest science fiction/fantasy anthology, THE MYSTICAL CAT (SkyWarrior Books.)

Her scifi fans know Dusty for her comedy, including the humorous science adventure, ALL THE MARBLES (Yard Dog Press.) Along with three other redheaded writers, Dusty co-authored the outrageous fantasy series THE FOUR REDHEADS, including: THE FOUR REDHEADS OF THE APOCALYPSE, APOCALYPSE NOW! and REDHEADS IN LOVE.

Cat lovers know Dusty best for her cat care/behavior books KITTENS FOR DUMMIES (John Wiley & Sons) and CAT WRANGING MADE EASY: MAINTAINING PEACE & SANITY IN YOUR MULTICAT HOME (The Lyons Press.) She is responsible for all story content for Her award-winning column "Ask Einstein" appears every month on AdoptAShelter's website.

You can read Dusty's articles in Cat Fancy and on,, and She frequently guest blogs. Dusty serves as vice president of the international journalism organization, Cat Writers' Association ( Since joining CWA in 1995, Dusty's books, columns, reviews and articles have been honored with more than 50 writing awards. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Friskies Writer of the Year Award.