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"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain

    
     

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Ed Kostro is an award winning writer, author, and local newspaper columnist with a passion for nature, our environment, our valiant veterans, our pets, our wildlife, Native American culture, nostalgia, and humor.



He  is also a veterans' advocate, environmentalist, animal rights activist, animal rescue worker, and proud member of The World Wildlife Fund, The Wilderness Society, The National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, The Sierra Club, The National Parks Conservation Association, In Defense of Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Great Animal Rescue Chase, and Alley Cat Allies. 



Ed has published six nature, historical fiction, and animal related books, and his Katrina Remembrance book, Through Katrina’s Eyes, Poems from an Animal Rescuer’s Soul, is the recipient of the 2006 Merial Corporation Human-Animal Bond Award. His animal memoir, Curious Creatures – Wondrous Waifs, My Life With Animals, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2004 International Cat Writers’ Association Communication Contest.



And his latest book, Where The Redwing Sings, is dedicated to today's children - Earth's only hope for a better tomorrow.  It won the 'Poetry Category' in the 2009 Green Book Festival.



Ed’s nature and animal related articles, stories, poems, and professional reviews of his books have appeared on The Animal Planet and Discovery websites; The Midwest Book Review; WGN Radio; the nationally syndicated Animal Radio Network; Animal People Newspaper; Audubon Society and various pet rescue organization newsletters; The Best Friends Animal Society Network; Kinship Circle; PetLife Magazine; Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul; Catholic Digest; The Copperfield Review - A Journal of Historical Fiction, GRIT Magazine; Poetry Life and Times; America’s Rivers; The Almanac For Farmers & City Folk; Pets: Part of the Family Magazine; I Love Cats Magazine; The Cat Site; PetsWeekly.com; The Daily Mews; and The Great Animal Rescue Chase.
He has been interviewed regarding his veteran and animal advocacy work on several television and radio stations; on nationally syndicated All Pets Radio; and on the National Progressive Radio Network. 



Ed was also awarded a 2004 True Grit Award by GRIT Magazine for his veteran and animal advocacy work, nominated for a Red Cross Hero Award for his animal rescue work, and several of his Katrina pet rescue poems can be found on: www.allpetsradio.com



His tribute to the animals of the world, and for our need to help preserve nature and Earth’s wild animals for future generations to come can be found at:
www.myspace.com/edkostro



Many of Ed's Pet Rescue Stories have been posted at: www.care2.com/causes/tag/ed-kostro



And many of his feline-related articles, stories, and poems can be found at: http://www.thedailymews.com/articles/ed-kostro


Ed currently resides at haunted old Thornwood Manor with his lovely wife Rebecca, several dogs and cats that he rescued in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and several more that he has now rescued from the mean city streets.  




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Birth Place: Chicago, IL 

Accomplishments: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Four years active duty in the Armed Forces; 30-year career as a veterans' advocate; recipient of the 2006 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award; winner of the Poetry Category in the 2009 Green Book Festival; life-long admiration and ardent love of Nature, and all of our nonhuman earthly neighbors.


     



Books

Where The Redwing Sings by Mr. Ed
A book of nature inspired poems and essays, written from the heart and soul of a life-long nature, animal, and wilderness lover, and dedicated to today’s children - Earth's only hope for a better tomorrow. This book won 'The Poetry Category' in the 2009 Green Book Festival. ...
  

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My Dog Is My Hero by Mr. Ed
Tributes To The Companions Who Give Us Love, Loyalty, and a New Leash on Life ...
  

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Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals by Mr. Ed
I’ve encountered many non-human creatures on my life’s journey. I have found each and every one of these animals to be a unique and wondrous being. Animals have truly brought fullness to my life. Some of them have also brought deep anguish and pain. Each person or animal depicted in this book has taught me something. Some of these lessons have been humorous, some pai...
  

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Through Katrina's Eyes, Poems from an Animal Rescuer's Soul by Mr. Ed
Recipient of the 2006 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award ...
  

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Cemetery Island by Mr. Ed
Sometimes, vacations just don't turn out the way you hoped they would. An idyllic wilderness house boating get-a-way soon turns into a hellish nightmare......
  

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Gold River Canyon by Mr. Ed
Renowned Arizona lawman Jacob Golden is having terrible nightmares. He dreams he’s locked in a battle to the death with a demon from hell that consumes human flesh. Golden’s a man who fears little, yet this haunting vision terrifies him to the depths of his very soul. And, just when he should be the happiest man alive. He’s finally hung up his tin star after 20 years ...
  

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Mystery of Madera Canyon by Mr. Ed
A Boy, A Dog, Two Birds, and a Ghost!...
  

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Short Stories

Pigs, Turtles, and Bugs!
 by Mr. Ed
How My Love of The Great Outdoors Began...


The Easter Skunk
 by Mr. Ed
A True Story...


The Dog At The Drive-Thru Window
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission to 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


The Christmas Cookie Case
 by Mr. Ed
The Continuing Adventures of Sherlock Skunk...


Home For The Holidays
 by Mr. Ed
Something Most Of Us Yearn For...


Two Bonded Street Orphans, In From The Cold
 by Mr. Ed
Please Support TNR...


A Survivor's Tale
 by Mr. Ed
Hurricane Katrina Almost Killed Him Nine Years Ago, But Thankfully, He's Still With Us Today...


Gentle Cemetery Dog Finally Safe
 by Mr. Ed
From The Daily Mews Website...


Freezing, Starving, and Scared
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


A Home For The Holidays
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission to 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


The Dog On The Tracks
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To The Great Animal Rescue Chase...


The Dog Who Rescued Other Dogs
 by Mr. Ed
She and Her Caretaker Are True American Heroes...


Scruffy's Resurrection
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


My Letter To Highway
 by Mr. Ed
Featured in TAILS Magazine...


In From The Cold
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Rudy, The Red Coated Min Pin
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


His New Chance At Life
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


The Homeless 'Vet' On Veterans Day
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


A Very Happy Reunion
 by Mr. Ed
You Never Know What You Might Find At The Grocery Store...


His Hell On The Highway
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Her Fourth of July Nightmare
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Saving Shadow
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Another Orphan Of The Storm
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Lonely Louie
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...


Lily Of The Field
 by Mr. Ed
My Second Submission To 'The Great Animal Rescue Chase'...



Poetry

It's Poppy Time Once More
 by Mr. Ed


Please Don't Worry So Much, H.P.
 by Mr. Ed


Meatloaf Matlack
 by Mr. Ed


A Walk With Dogs
 by Mr. Ed


Earth Day Blues
 by Mr. Ed


What Have We Become
 by Mr. Ed


The Victims of Our Cruelty
 by Mr. Ed


The Shredding Machine
 by Mr. Ed


Happy Easter From Valentino
 by Mr. Ed


A Woodland Chat
 by Mr. Ed


Happy First Day of Spring!
 by Mr. Ed


Mud Pups
 by Mr. Ed


Our Self-Centered Society
 by Mr. Ed


Nature's Free Gifts
 by Mr. Ed


On Frozen Pond
 by Mr. Ed


We Are Their Voice
 by Mr. Ed


Happy Paczki Day!
 by Mr. Ed


Another Innocent Soul Out In The Cold And Snow
 by Mr. Ed


Feeding My Feathered Friends
 by Mr. Ed


Day Dreaming In The Snow
 by Mr. Ed


About Twenty Inches of Snow
 by Mr. Ed


If Only Man Was Dog's Best Friend
 by Mr. Ed


Canis Latrans
 by Mr. Ed


Over Five Thousand A Day Are Dying
 by Mr. Ed


Ode To An Underdog
 by Mr. Ed



Articles

I Am a Dog, Not a Thing
 by Mr. Ed
If We Were Only As Loyal to Dogs, As They are To Us:...


Ghost Dog Rescued From Hot Dog Stand
 by Mr. Ed
My latest rescue story posted on the Care2 Animal Welfare Website...


February is 'National Spay/Neuter Awareness' Month
 by Mr. Ed
Nothing Will Change, Unless American Pet Owners Finally Decide To Change...


The 2014 Home 4 The Holidays Campaign
 by Mr. Ed
Help Save A Life, This Holiday Season...


Saving Our Canine Vets, This Veterans Day
 by Mr. Ed
One Vet's Mission To Do So...


November is 'Adopt-A-Senior-Pet' Month
 by Mr. Ed
Help Save A Life - Adopt A Senior Pet...


National Pit Bull Awareness Day
 by Mr. Ed
They Are Unjustly Vilified Today...


Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween
 by Mr. Ed
This is Their Second Worst Holiday...


October is 'Adopt-A-Dog' Month
 by Mr. Ed
Please Help Save A Dog's Life This Month...


Pet Theft Is On The Rise
 by Mr. Ed
Don't Let Your Pet Become Its Next Victim...


The Humane Society of Louisiana
 by Mr. Ed
They Still Care For Many Hurricane Katrina 'Left Behinds'...


The Story of Chuck
 by Mr. Ed
Yet One More Abandoned Dog In America Today...


What Pet Abandonment In America Looks Like
 by Mr. Ed
There Are Far Too Many Just Like Him Today...


June is 'Adopt-A-Cat' Month
 by Mr. Ed
Please Help Save A Life...


An Open Letter To Animal Rescuers
 by Mr. Ed
Written By My Friend and Fellow Animal Rescuer Stacy Mantle, Who Runs The Marvelous PetsWeekly Website...


Birdfeeder Keeps Dog Alive Until Winter Rescue Unfolds
 by Mr. Ed
From The Care2 Animal Welfare Website...


Chicago Passes Anti-Puppy Mill Ordinance
 by Mr. Ed
Joins Cities Like Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix in Banning Pet Sales In Stores...


The Olympic Slaughter Goes On and On and On
 by Mr. Ed
Rio Will Be Next...


Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeding
 by Mr. Ed
Both Are Contributing To America's Massive Pet Overpopulation Problem Today...


Dog Wandering In Freezing Snow For Days Finds A Warm Truck and a Rescue
 by Mr. Ed
From The Care2 Animal Welfare Website...


The 2013 Home 4 The Holidays Campaign
 by Mr. Ed
Please Help Us Help Them, This Holiday Season...


Kitty Cats, Poopers, and Beasty Boys
 by Mr. Ed
The Dire Plight of America's Pets Today...


Little Lupita's Horrendous Fourth of July Ordeal
 by Mr. Ed
From The Care2 Animal Welfare Website...


America's Most Endangered Rivers
 by Mr. Ed
The 2013 Report...


Police Officer Uses Day Off To Save Old Stray Dog
 by Mr. Ed
From The Care2 Animal Welfare Website...



News

Recipient of the 2006 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award
 by Mr. Ed
My Latest Book...


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Dogs
 by Mr. Ed
Among The 101 Best Stories...


The Daily Mews
 by Mr. Ed
A Where The Redwing Sings Review...


Where The Redwing Sings
 by Mr. Ed
The May 2008 Edition of Midwest Book Review...


Another Review For Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs
 by Mr. Ed
Tails Pet Magazine...


Animal People
 by Mr. Ed
A Professional Review...


International Writing Award
 by Mr. Ed
Cat Writers'Association...


My Animal Book Wins an Award
 by Mr. Ed
Proceeds Will Help Animal Shelter...


Cemetery Island
 by Mr. Ed
A Word of Thanks...


The Cleverkitty Almanac
 by Mr. Ed
Patty the Cat is Featured!...


Another Book Review
 by Mr. Ed
Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs...


Radio Reading of Curious Creatures
 by Mr. Ed
An Excerpt from My Book...


5 Paws for Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs!
 by Mr. Ed
A Wonderful Book Review...


Professional Book Review
 by Mr. Ed
Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs...


Professional Book Review for Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals
 by Mr. Ed
Animal Planet Presents Wild New Pet Books for Fall...


Links

Ed Kostro's Home Page for All Creatures Great and Small
This website contains some of my published work and photos of many of the magnificent animals depicted in my new book.


The Cat Site
Feral Cats Deserve A Chance, Too

The Daily Mews
A Wonderful Cat Related Website, Featuring Some of My Feline Poems, Articles, and Stories

Pets Weekly
Your Source For All Things Pet - Established by AD Member Stacy Mantle, and a wonderful website to learn all sorts of interesting things, about all sorts of critters - great and small.


Additional information

One of Ed's numerous short stories - Pigeon Head - placed in the Quarter Finalist List of the 2003 New Century Writers' Awards Competition. His essay, I Cry, depicting the devastation wreaked on animals and nature by modern day urban sprawl has been featured in numerous publications. Ed was honored by GRIT Magazine and presented a TRUE GRIT Award for his veteran advocacy and animal rescue work, and one of his short stories - Princess Gabriella's Worst Day, won Third Place in a national contest sponsored by I Love Cats Magazine. Ed's nonfiction memoir, Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs has been featured on The Assisi Animal Foundation website, on Animal Radio, and on the Discovery/Animal Planet website.

 
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