QUEENS COUNTY Margaret Marshall Saunders (May 13, 1861 – February 15, 1947) was a well-known author of children's stories and romance novels, a lecturer, and an advocate for animal rights. She was born in Milton just outside of Liverpool although she spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Kings County. Saunders is most well known for her novel Beautiful Joe, which tells the true story of a dog from Meaford, Ontario that had his ears and tail chopped off by an abusive owner. In the story, which is told from the dog’s perspective, he is eventually rescued by a caring family in Meaford and in a heartfelt twist of fate, the dog ends up saving them. In 1934, at age 73, Margaret was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), which at that time was Canada's highest civilian honour.