About

I am a deadline-driven writer and editor. My work has appeared in a variety of print and web publications, and I have been profiled in The Writer and Freelance Write Now. My first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup, was published by Open Air Publishing.

Select essays have appeared in The Bust DIY Guide to Life, Second-Chance Cats, and The Cat in the Christmas Tree

I earned my MA in narrative nonfiction from The Johns Hopkins University and started my career at my dream employer, The National Geographic Society. I started freelancing as a side gig and eventually transitioned to full-time freelance writing and editing. For more than a decade, I’ve covered all things pet. I’ve written for Pet Age Magazine, Positively.com, EcoSalon.com, NationalGeographic.com, Petside.com, Dublin Dog, ZooToo.com, and thriving pet brands like West Paw, The Honest Kitchen, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food. My ebook, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pet, was released by Open Air Publishing and was named a “can’t live without” by Daily Candy. You can check out my full resume here or view some clips.

When I’m not writing or reading books about grammar, I teach, speak, hike, throw dinner parties, travel, and play with my dog, two cats, and daughters as much as possible. For a little light reading, check out my pet project (pun totally intended) at ohmydogblog.com.

Awards

  • Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for Best Reference Book
  • Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for Social Media Expression
  • Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for Written Article – Lifestyle
  • Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for Written Article – Other Category
  • Fear Free Pets Award
  • Dog Writers Association of America Certificate for Excellence in the Category of Books – Reference
  • Dog Writers Association of America Certificate for Excellence in the Category of Online Article – Rescue
  • American Association of Feline Practioners Cat Friendly Award
  • Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence for Written Article – Health and General Care
  • Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence for Written Article – Behavior / Training / Enrichment
  • Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence for Written Article – Lifestyle
  • Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence for Social Media Expression – Lifestyle
  • Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence for Written Article – Other Category
  • DogTime Media’s Best Dog Blog for OhMyDogBlog.com
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