Dusty and Mark travel nation wide speaking and visiting childrens charities. Most recently, Mark and Dusty took a film crew to the wilds of northern Minnesota for a Ram truck commercial. Mark and Dusty took the film crew out in the woods to film black bears. Then they went to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit the local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. There, Dusty signed autographs handed out presents and kisses to all the children. He also handed out his new book.
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Kitten’s Secretary and Dusty’s Biographer
T.J. Akers wants to be a multi-millionaire when he grows up and give his wealth away to help his favorite causes—churches, schools, and animal shelters. Since the millions have been slow in coming, he’s had to settle for working in a state university as a computer technician, volunteering at church and his local animal shelter, and writing stories to entertain people, especially younger readers.
His short story, Necessary Evil, has been published in the science fiction anthology No Revolution Too Big, (Helping Hands Press – April 2014). While his short story Elfanticide, was included in the anthology Tides of Impossibility (Skipjack Press-April 2015).
He has holds a Masters of English from Minnesota State University, Mankato and can often be found roaming that university’s library, especially the children’s and young adult sections. Librarians have always been his heroes.
He lives with his beloved wife of thirty years, his dog, and two cats.
Dusty’s Business Manager
Serious, smart, and well-grounded, Cherie guides Dusty and Mark in their business decisions. A thirty-plus year veteran strategist and negotiator in the business world, Cherie has contributed to the successful expansions of several well-known brands: Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Fruit of the Loom, Acme Boots, HGTV, DIY, and Food Network. Currently, as the senior partner at Holos House LLC, Cherie works with clients wishing to expand their brands, and grow their firm’s footprint. With a BS and an MS in finance, and minor in economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Cherie brings amazing insight, discipline, and leadership to each of her clients.
In her spare time, Cherie works with animal rescues, rides horses with her husband Don, and enjoys country cooking and gardening. Cherie also has three adult children who provide welcomed distractions in her life!
Dusty’s Partner, Chief Cook, and Hay Getter
Wildlife expert and photographer Mark Peterson and his Rocky Mountain Horse Dusty, have tracked wildlife for network TV all across the country. Mark and Dusty have encountered all known species of indigenous wildlife. Because of their extensive travel into wilderness areas, Mark and Dusty have had unbelievable adventures!
As they travel, Mark and Dusty stop at local Ronald McDonald houses to visit the children. There, Dusty signs autographs, handing out presents and kisses to the children he meets. Mark has long held a dream of being able to travel cross country extensively to share his unique horse with the children who need him most. This dream is now about to become a reality.
You Should Write a Book!
For years Dusty fans expressed the sentiment that Dusty’s adventures should become a book. And so they shall! Coming fall 2016 is Dusty’s first children’s novel; Dusty’s Adventures; The Beginning.