In 1985, Ms. Whynott moved to Thornton, NH and rented a home that used to be the . There she shared her home with 2 dogs (Duke, Armouk), 4 cats (Kiki, Pandora, Angel, Appollo) and 2 horses (Trinity, Quincy).
Ms. Whynott worked as a Veterinary Technician for . Since this was a small animal hospital, all duties (other than veterinary) were her responsibility, including the duties she performed at the Humane Society but also assisting in surgery, x-rays, lab work, and much more. Animals cared for ranged from domestic pets to livestock to horses. Patients were seen in hospital as well as in their own home environment.
Whynott attended Dennis-Yarmouth High School in . He attended , the , , and in 1977 received a BA in journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985.