Mark Ferguson is a psychotherapist currently living in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Ohio and was raised within the Brethren/Anabaptist tradition. His family home was shared by a veritable zoo, with dogs a constant favorite. Mark received a B.A. (1998)-with an emphasis on Theology and Religious Studies-from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. He received the M.S.W. (2001) at Loyola University in Chicago. He has worked as both a crisis counselor and in grief and bereavement. Combining his profession with his love for animals, Mark has also been recorded as a pet loss and bereavement counselor. Mark is currently employed as a counselor for a non-profit organization serving persons facing end of life decision-making. Mark was a member of the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago. He is now a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and is part of the Church's prison ministry. He is also a member of Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Mark lives with his life companion and four dogs. His interests include writing, gardening, music, and environmental/ecological issues.