About Me


I grew up on a farm in Ireland surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, and other farm animals. My work life has always been focused on animals starting as a riding instructor and stable manager in Ireland to writing about pets as a journalist in the United States. I’ve also served six years as a professional pet sitter and dog walker.

With more than 15 years of experience writing about pets, I know the questions pet owners are asking and I know where to turn to get expert answers.  I was the Pet Columnist for 201 Family magazine for more than 15 years and also wrote pet and animal welfare articles for The Record newspaper and The Animal Companion, and Bone-A-Fide Mutts magazines. Online my work has been published on such sites as PawTracks.com, Care2.com, PetPlanet.com, and Travelingleash.com.

My passion for animal welfare and protection has led me to volunteer at animal shelters and with animal rescue groups for more than 20 years. I currently serve as the Resource Guide Editor and a member of the Advisory Committee for Who Will Let the Dogs Out. The mission of the organization is to raise awareness and resources for homeless dogs and the heroes who fight for them in struggling rural shelters.

My husband and I have always shared our lives with rescued dogs. Our current companion is Bella, an American foxhound. Over Thanksgiving 2023 our beloved border collie mix Jason crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He joined our family as a foster dog and we feel truly blessed to have shared 15 wonderful years with him. He will be forever in our hearts.

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