Sharon Tynio Cree grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sharon’s family’s roots stem from the coal regions of Pennsylvania. She has fond memories of spending a few weeks each summer with cousins in the anthracite mining town of Frackville.
As a teenager, Sharon babysat and saved money to take a trip to Europe when she was sixteen. She toured nine countries, from Greece to England. Sharon still loves to travel!
Sharon had two dogs growing up, one, a black and white terrier named Chi Chi, and the other, a purebred Siberian Husky named Nikki . Her love of beagles started when she was in college and bought a beagle named Barney at a local shelter. A move to the college campus to continue her degree brought restrictions against having a dog live with her. This tough decision led to Sharon having to find a good home for Barney. She stayed in touch with the new owners and visited often. Barney turned out to be quite a character, a trait that Sharon continues to love about the beagle breed, their colorful personalities.
Sharon earned her teaching degree from Penn State Middletown campus and taught elementary school. Her job position included first, second, and third graders in the same school district that she attended as a young girl. She taught in that school district for twenty-nine years, finally retiring in 2007.
A call from her sister, Denise, a dog groomer, and also an animal lover, in 2002, introduced Sharon to the world of “rescue”. Both Sharon and Denise volunteer for the Furry Friends Network rescue organization in Central Pennsylvania. Sharon has earned the name “Beagle Lady” within the organization. She has fostered and placed over 50 beagles to good homes. Her work as a foster mother to mostly beagles continues to this day.
Louise, the subject of this book, is a “one of a kind” beagle, the “most scared dog in the world”. Louise’s photo on the Internet on Sharon’s computer tugged at her heart, and so the adventure began! Louise finally arrived to Furry Friends Network in Pennsylvania in a transport from a shelter in West Virginia in late December, 2005. Sharon’s dedicated efforts to rehabilitate Louise were not working. Louise was even afraid of bacon frying on the stove! And, then, in a freak incident, Louise got loose, outside at a vet’s office, nearby one of the busiest highways and business locations in the area! Frustration ensued as Sharon and her husband, Ray, searched for Louise high and low, day and night, for weeks. You’ll just have to read the book for the rest of this amazing story.
“Beagle-mania” continues at the Cree household with their “Cree-gles”, what they call their own beagles, and fosters who come and then go to their forever homes.
Sharon and her husband, Ray, and several beagles, including Louise, live in Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Their two daughters, Jessica and Alicia, are grown and also live in the area. In October, 2014, Sharon and Ray became grandparents to Tanner Ray, son of Alicia and her husband, Chris.
In addition to her foster and rescue work, Sharon also enjoys fund raising for Furry Friends Network, baking, walking, reading, and volunteering at her local food bank.