• work life

    What I’m Working On…

    It’s been a bonkers 2016 so far! (I feel like I say that about every year…) I took on the role of Senior Editor at BlogPaws at the end of 2015, and it’s been a whirlwind of activity since. I’m proud of all that’s been accomplished on the BlogPaws blog and would love for you to go check it out. I’ve also contributed two columns each month to Pet Age Magazine. It’s such a pleasure to work with leading pet industry manufacturers and media pros on a monthly basis. I learn so much with every story I write. Check out some of my recent work. It’s been a travel-heavy year,…

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    How did you become a pet writer?

    Of the many questions I get about what I do, probably the most-often-repeated question is: How do you become a pet writer? This is just a theory, but I suspect most people in the pet industry got here not because of a specific desire to work in the pet industry. Rather, I suspect most people in the pet industry are here because of a pet. A special pet. The special pet who comes in, sheds all over your house, and changes your life. That’s how I became a pet writer. I recently got to tell this story to a group in my town. I posted it on my blog, and I’ve…

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    Upcoming pet writing projects – my fave!

    I’m so happy it’s spring! I love this time of year. Flowers are blooming. The days are longer. The mosquitoes aren’t yet the size of finches. Ah, spring! Since it’s the start of the second quarter, it’s also time for us small-business folks to reevaluate our goals and direction for the upcoming months. Did we accomplish what we wanted to in Q1? Where do we want to go in Q2? I’m excited to take on a second assignment with Pet Age, adding a Groom&Board article on top of my Products&Trends piece. I adore this magazine and the staff, and I’m thrilled to tackle more assignments. I’m also contributing more to…

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    Total Pet Expo Fall 2013 Recap

    I’m finally home after a whirlwind trip to Chicago with pit stops in Indianapolis and Houston. There’s always so much to do to catch up after time away, but I wanted to recap a few trends I spotted at the Total Pet Expo. (Note: These are from the business/editorial side. If you’d like to read about trends in pet products, check out  my recap on OMD!) The pet industry is huge. It’s growing. It’s long been touted as “recession proof,” which may not be true. Everyone I spoke with said orders were down at this show. One reason? Nerves over the possibility of a government shutdown, for one. Plus, there…