BETTE ISACOFF’s writing has appeared in The American Kennel Club GAZETTE (where she was also a breed columnist), Dog Fancy, Golden Ages magazine, and The National Observer. She was the founder and twenty year editor of The Finnish Line, the monthly newsletter of the Finnish Spitz Club of America, which she established. She is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America. Isacoff obtained her B.A., and an MFA in Creative Writing, from Albertus Magnus College.
Bette has been a high school English teacher, juvenile probation officer, and computer programmer. She was a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center, and most recently Director of Nursing at Berkshire Endoscopy Center in Massachusetts.
Bette is also a breeder, trainer, and exhibitor of Champion, Group, and Best in Specialty Show winning Finnish Spitz under the Kitsuna (reg.) prefix, and co-owner of the top-winning bitch in breed history. She is credited with bringing the Finnish Spitz from total obscurity in this country to recognition by the American Kennel Club (www.akc.org). For her efforts on behalf of the breed, she was honored in Finland by the Finnish Kennel Club on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
Bette was owner of, and principal instructor at, Berkshire Canine Services, Inc. She worked with Bruce Sessions of Naval Intelligence to train a marijuana detector dog for the Springfield (MA) Police Department’s Youth Aid Bureau. Bette is a consultant for PETCO’s global online consumer reference service, PetCoach, answering questions about health, training, behavior and other topics. She teaches dog obedience classes for Connecticut’s Amity Regional School District Adult Education Program.
She is an avid fan of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (www.iditarod.com) and a lifetime member of the Iditarod Trail Committee.
Her memoir, Star Crossed (Headwinds Publishing, 2013), focuses on the unlikely circumstances which led to her 46+ year marriage. It is a sometimes heartbreaking, often humorous tale of forbidden love.
Photo at right: Bette Isacoff with Lance Mackey, four (in a row) time Iditarod Champion, in Anchorage at the 2010 race.