Tom Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship. Before that he was the founder and publisher of The Undertoad newspaper and went on to write the popular "Hiking with Tom & Atticus" column. During the winter of 2006-2007 Ryan and his dog Atticus M. Finch climbed 81 4,000-foot peaks while raising money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The next winter, the duo climbed 66 4,000-foot peaks while raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center. Because of their efforts Ryan and Finch were inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hall of Fame and at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. In 2013, Ryan and Finch were also recipients of the Massachusetts School of Law Humanitarian Award for the attention they bring to animals in need. They currently live in New Hampshire’s White Mountains where they continue to hike.