About the Indy, Oh Indy Creators

Author: Teresa Adamo





Although certainly not a “dog whisperer,” Teresa Adamo nevertheless talks to her adopted terri-doodle. Over the years, these chats often included lighthearted theories about Indy’s life before reaching her “forever home” in Bakersfield, California.

As a former newspaper reporter and editor, Teresa longed to write the story of Indy’s origins in the form of a children’s book. What resulted is an ode to the sweet shelter dog as well as a tribute to Bakersfield itself.

The author and her husband, Felix, live in the city’s Westchester neighborhood and have four sons: Cody, Hunter, Zane and Cooper. Their backyard is also home to the lowest maintenance pet ever – Tele, a tortoise. Indy joined the pack in 2008.


Illustrator: Jennifer Williams-Cordova








Ever the consummate artist, Jennifer Williams-Cordova finds inspiration in just about everything. Once she became a mother, however, a whole new realm of creativity began. With a toddler daughter who is a dog fanatic and book lover, impromptu dog doodles are found aplenty in the Williams-Cordova household!

Of course, the family’s rescue black labrador/golden retriever mix, Ben, is often at the center of Jen’s canine artistry. As a Bakersfield native and full-time graphic artist, Jen enjoys actively contributing to the local arts scene.

The illustrator and her husband, Brad, reside in Westchester as well, along with their daughter; dog, Ben; and Doug the cat, who – like most felines – is the real lord of the manor; and Ginger, "the other cat."