Sarah Brasky is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster Dogs, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting dog foster care in New York City and around the country. She started a program called “Fospice” with Foster Dogs, which helps place super-senior and terminally ill shelter dogs into long-term foster homes. The program sponsors nearly ten dogs every year, and provides much-needed support, education, and funding to these desperate dogs in need. Sarah runs The Dog Matchmaker, assisting individuals and families in adopting a dog. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, baby, and two adopted dogs Ozzie and Shaggy. Senior dogs are an important part of her life, after seeing her childhood rescue dog become an “old man” and seeing first-hand that the best thing you can give a senior shelter dog is a comfortable, loving home.
Michael Crommett is a cinematographer who works mainly in documentaries, but more importantly, he is the father to a Schnauzer mutt named Jonah. Michael’s work has taken him to a number of countries as well as across the United States, but his most recent project, “Humans of New York,” allowed him to discover nearly every part of New York City. Michael’s cinematography has also appeared on NBC, A&E, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, and numerous other outlets. Throughout his childhood, Michael dreamed of owning a dog. He frequently begged his parents to forgo any Christmas or birthday gifts if they simply brought home a dog. His parents (probably wisely) refused, but his dream was finally realized four years ago when he adopted Jonah in New Jersey. Their journey continues on the Upper East Side where they enjoy frequent walks in Central Park and playtime at the 63rd Street Dog Run.
Brian DeFiore is a veteran of the book publishing industry, having worked for twenty years as an editor, editor-in- chief, and publisher at publishing houses that include St. Martin’s Press, Delacorte Press, Random House and Hyperion Books—before starting his own literary agency that now has a staff of fifteen and represents dozens of distinguished and bestselling authors. He is honored to have worked with Erin Stanton on the Susie’s Senior Dogs book. He is a lifetime New Yorker, where he lives with his wife; and is the father of two adult daughters who now live ridiculously far away (as far as he is concerned). He has also been the proud dad of three rescue dogs (embarrassingly not adopted as seniors!) The neurotic and brilliant Fanny, the demure and independent Lily, and the current charming and slightly nutty Charlie.
Steve Greig is an accountant in Denver who has a house full of senior rescued dogs, featured on his Instagram account @wolfgang2242. Steve’s Instagram account also features a precocious (and famous!) pig named Bikini, Stuart the rabbit and Betty the chicken. Steve is the coauthor of the children’s book The One and Only Wolfgang which will be released in 2019 by Harper Collins. He first started rescuing senior dogs to honor the death of his beloved dog, Wolfgang. One of Steve’s senior rescue dogs was adopted from a feature on the Susie’s Senior Dogs account in 2014.
Dorie is a graphic designer and owner of Instagram celebrity senior dog, Chloe Kardoggian. As a lifelong animal lover, Dorie found herself gravitating towards older dogs when it came to her own rescues. She has adopted 3 seniors overall, including her most recent addition Cupid, one of Susie’s Senior Dogs. Dorie strives to infuse rescue work and messaging into Chloe’s Instagram feed as much as possible through fundraising, outreach and awareness campaigns.
Pamela is the proud parent of two pitbulls who were featured on Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook and Instagram pages in the spring of 2015. Her “I’m Not A Dog Person” story about how she ended up with four dogs and was transformed into a “dog person” was included in the best selling Susie’s Senior Dogs book. Pamela found herself very involved in the incredibly supportive and inclusive SSD online community. She quickly became involved in spreading the word about the joys of senior rescue. Now, as a committed “dog person,” she is thrilled to be on the Board of Susie’s Senior Dogs. She is a former Speech- Language Pathologist and entrepreneur as well as the proud mother of two senior dog loving teenagers. She lives in Manhattan with her four dogs.