Miss Tracy as I call her, has been a journalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and Web sites for over 20 years. Currently, she's a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune and the American Red Cross Greater Chicago Chapter.
Tracy's won 51 writing awards statewide, locally and nationally. She is a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.
Art by Tracy Ahrens
For years she's volunteered for animal rescue groups including the Kankakee County Animal and has donated portraits for fund-raising events at Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, the University of Illinois Wildlife Veterinary Clinic in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Critter Corral guinea pig rescue in Steger, Ill. and Crossroads Shih Tzu rescue based in Joliet, Ill. In the past, she offered pet portraits through the University of Illinois Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help raise funds for their Humane Connection Fund. Several of her pet portraits are currently on display in the Small Animal Clinic at the U of I (where Dad got his engineering degree).
Her portrait of a cat titled “Jackson Brown” (not the cat artwork above) is on permanent display at the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation cat museum that opened in June 2011 in Alliance, Ohio.
She's such a cool friend and we are glad to know her.
This year, though being really young (just a couple years older than my human sister) Miss Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread. The chemo was brutal on her already naturally thin frame and it made her SO sick. Mom kept in touch with her daily as best she could, offering support and prayers. Tracy lives with just her pets so it was a hard time, as it would be for anyone.
She is through chemo and it looks like she is free of cancer although radiation will still happen. That was joyous news for my Mom and me as I hated to see beautiful Miss Tracy hurting.
That's the biggest stuffie toy I've ever seen!
I was QUITE transfixed by the toy as the tags were cut off.
I was tired.
Hey, this makes a great caterpillow too! Thanks, Miss Tracy, from all of us.