Pat Miller has always known her life would be about working with animals. She wanted to be a veterinarian, but Organic Chemistry did her in, in college. After a stint as a hippie-in-a-school-bus (with multiple dogs and cats), Pat landed in California (where all good hippies went) – in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and started volunteering at the Marin Humane Society. She was hired shortly after that and in a succession of roles Pat spent two decades working there, ten of those years as the Director of Operations.
During this time Pat met and married Paul, now of 33 years! Paul was also an animal protection professional and together they did some amazing animal cruelty investigations, including cockfighting and dogfighting raids. After moving to Aromas, on the Monterey/Santa Cruz border when Paul accepted a job at the Monterey SPCA, Pat launched Peaceable Paws and began training dogs and writing professionally, regularly contributing to Whole Dog Journal.
Ironically, Pat feared her impact on the welfare of animals would diminish. Little did she realize back then how wrong her fear was. One of her life goals was to write a book but she was intimidated by the publishing process. Then one day she got an e-mail from an acquisitions editor for a publishing company. “I love your articles in the Whole Dog Journal,” the editor wrote. “Have you ever thought about writing a book?” Thus was born The Power of Positive Dog Training, and… the rest is history.