Lisa Timpf learned a lot from her late dog.
The retired Simcoe woman’s story about her mischievous pet, Sneeks, is included in Life Lessons from the Dog, a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.
“We had a really quirky dog,” said Timpf.
“She did so many outrageous things that the stories actually came very easily because there’s so much to work with.”
In addition to Life Lessons from the Dog, Timpf has been published in four other Chicken Soup books: My Very Good Very Bad Dog, which also contains a story about Sneeks; The Spirit of Canada; The Power of Yes; and Christmas in Canada.
The latest book includes 101 stories from contributors that touch on how dogs have enriched their lives. All royalties from Life Lessons from the Dog are going to American Humane, a non-profit organization founded in 1877.
Timpf’s first Chicken Soup piece was published in is Christmas in Canada.
“I knew they were looking for stories and, at that time, I had to mail the story in,” said Timpf, noting that the process is much different now that submissions are accepted online.
She studied at Hamilton’s McMaster University, where she began covering women’s sports for the school newspaper, and then went to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she was able to continue her sports writing into her post-graduate studies.
Timpf worked as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Halifax before moving back to Ontario, where she spent the rest of her career at Honda while freelance writing.