Cecil "Stan" Standley was born in Alvin, Texas a long time ago. After two years at Alvin Community College, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for naval flight training. He received his Navy Wings of Gold in 1966 and spent the next twenty-one years in various helicopter squadrons, fixed and rotary wing training squadrons, an air wing staff, a Naval Air Station and a major aviation maintenance training group. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida while serving as a naval flight instructor. He retired from active service in 1988 with the rank of Commander.
Stan has been a substitute teacher, a college-level aviation instructor, and has held several security-related positions. He has been around dogs virtually all of his life, but as the book points out, he and his wife, Bobbie, simply wanted a pet; they received far more than they bargained for. He was encouraged to write a series of magazine articles after relating some incidents which occurred in the show ring and during hunt tests. This is his first (and probably his last) book. A displaced Texan, he resides with his wife in Massachusetts.