About the Authors

Marcie Davis

Marcie Davis is a writer, public speaker, advocate, and activist. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, a public health and human service consulting firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that specializes in program development, policy, research, and advocacy. Marcie has been a paraplegic for more than 30 years and has been partnered with a service dog for more than thirteen years. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards and accolades for her tireless advocacy on behalf of individuals who can not advocate for themselves.

Melissa Bunnell

Melissa Bunnell holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and has specialized in family and crisis counseling. As an animal lover she became interested in the subject of service dogs through her colleague and friend Marcie Davis, a service dog recipient. For more than five years, she has researched service dog resources and interviewed service dog partners, veterinarians and other professionals in the dog world and in 2003 co-founded Working Like Dogs, LLC, an organization dedicated to working dogs around the world. She lives with her husband and daughter in Texas and New Mexico.