Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.
An avowed generalist, I credit my liberal arts education from The Colorado College and broad professional experience, with giving me the ability to pick up nearly any topic quickly.
I'm best known for writing about:
- Pets, especially dogs
- Veterinary medicine
- Animal welfare
I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.
I began writing about pets in 1995, when I worked for the American Animal Hospital Association and later for the American Humane Association. During this period, I served on the board of directors for the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (a coalition of animal welfare groups). I also volunteered for many years at an animal shelter, where I witnessed firsthand what happens when the human-animal bond breaks or never forms.
I first blogged about Lilly, a fearful border collie, in April 2007 to build content and a fan base for future books. (I've attracted a small, loyal following.) Called Champion of My Heart, the blog chronicles training challenges and life in general with a brilliant, sensitive dog always at the ready. Ahhh, Border Collies!
Following the untimely death of the blog's original canine heroine Lilly in December 2013, after a 693-day fight for her life, real life hit hard. It took a while to regain my footing, but having a new Border Collie puppy at my side helps.
She arrived by plane from Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue (in Virginia) September 13, 2014 Have you met Clover yet? She is a hoot!
Goodness help me, a year later, our veterinary hospital pals called to see if we could help find this puppy a home. Gee ... I wonder where she lives now. Read Tori's story here.
It's hard to find the time though, raising to herding dog puppies that are only 13 months apart in age.
And then after fostering our first-ever foster puppy for most of 2019, we decided to adopt Mr. Stix and make him a permanent part of our family. Read more about his origin story here.