About the Author


During her Dad’s enlistment with the Canadian Forces, Debbie was born in Iserlohn Germany in 1959 as a Canadian abroad along with her older and younger sisters.  In 1960 the Culos family was posted to Regina Saskatchewan, Canada where over the next two years her two brothers were born. In 1965 the family again was posted to Kingston Ontario where Debbie spent a wonderful childhood with her best friend Cathy, a menagerie of pets and a huge playground outside her backdoor.

DSC_6296-1Once more in 1972 a posting on masse to C.F.B. Borden Ontario had Debbie spending her teenage years with her best friend Catherine M. and Leslie B. at BBCI. Debbie was the team Captain of the Base Borden Barracuda Swim team, a senior lifeguard and swim instructor at the Bardia and Mosquito pools.

Debbie’s passion in high school was ancient history, Latin and biology science. Aiming to become a doctor, Debbie discovered needles made her faint, she switched her career choice to hairdressing stating, “If I can’t make people feel better, I can make them look better.” And Debbie was off on a solid and fulfilling career choice after high school in 1977, at the Barrie School of Hairdressing. Receiving her hairdressing licence almost immediately due to high marks and hours completed at Cortina’s in Angus Ontario.

Debbie’s Mom and Dad owned Marilar Kennels in Hawkstone area after retiring from the Forces, raising Champion Shelties and ‘showing’ all over North America. Their advertising catch lines were ‘Lots of T.L.C. and that extra scratch behind the ear’. (This last part of the line became the name of Debbie’s grooming business in Devon Alberta, as well as the title of her first two grooming books.)

Debbie started writing stories to entertain her three children and tried valiantly to find a publisher who would publish these stories. Life went on and finally Debbie got published in the Devon Dispatch, Devon Alberta, writing about dog grooming in a monthly column under her business name ‘That Extra Scratch Behind the Ear.’

Then Debbie’s big opportunity came when one of her children’s stories, “Imagine Elizabeth” was published in ‘Our Canada’ Magazine in their story time section. The drive to see her work in print again, led Debbie to self-publish all her written works, 2 grooming books, 6 children’s short stories, a children’s series of 17 books, a preteen chapter book about horses and some poems. These writings will be available soon.

Debbie is a licensed Journeyman Hairstylist of 40 years as of 2017, in Ontario and Alberta and has done all aspects of hairstyling in live theatre, film, models, a funeral parlour, nursing homes and many hair salons including one of her own. Eight of those forty years has been dog grooming (it’s all hair!), starting in a large pet store chain, then her own grooming salon and dog daycare in Alberta and recently in another large pet store chain in Ontario. Debbie works and lives in Wasaga Beach Ontario with her Dachshund, Kira.

Debbie would love to hear from you, her email is  debbieculos@gmail.com