Welcome from Dakota

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Welcome! I’m Dakota – writer, artist, mom, wife, lover of dogs, cats, geckos, sloths – well – all animals, really. Even slugs.  Much of my childhood was spent playing with a family of stuffed chimpanzees and dressing up pretending that I was one, too.  As an adult, I managed dressing as a human being, being responsible, holding down office jobs of varying responsibility and importance, even going to law school and passing the bar, but rarely did I get to utilize my creativity or artistic skills.

Then, one day, Fluffy, the Sumatran rhino pictured above, insisted on being released from my imagination.  As you might guess, once you release a rhino into the world, there are bound to be consequences.  It ends up she has friends, and they all have amazing stories – and much to my surprise – SUPERPOWERS!

I now spend most of my days drawing, writing, and learning about the environment and what we can do to help all those who share this planet, especially the non-humans.  I love animals and nature and want to share what I learn in a way that is entertaining and accessible.   Sharing information about recycling and rhinos is important, but so are simple things like awareness and enjoyment.  If I can make someone smile because Fluffy’s quirky personality reminders her of herself, or because Benjamin, the marine iguana, has shown again how kind he is to his huge and sometimes misguided friend, then I will have spent my time wisely.