I am a professional writer and editor with a Master's degree and 15+ years of experience in Education. Writing has been my lifelong passion. I have experience in print journalism, corporate writing and editing, content writing, pet content-writing, curriculum writing, poetry, narrative, and creative writing.
PROFESSIONAL WRITER AND EDITOR - I have experience in news journalism and the corporate sector. I worked as a news reporter, writer, and education editor for a weekly newspaper. I went on to lead the editorial department for an international research and consulting firm. I have spent the past several years writing various web content pieces with a special focus on pet health, pet-related businesses, and animal advocacy.
CURRICULUM DESIGN - Designed the writing portion of two Newtown, Ct. workshops specifically to inspire creativity and empower young people through art and writing
CURRICULUM WRITING - Coordinated and designed curricula for a variety of ages and needs.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR -Designed and wrote public relations brochures that improved communications between a large, regional school district and three communities it served.
EDUCATOR -15 years' experience teaching language arts and writing. Planned, implemented, and assessed various creative plans and instructional techniques to meet academic, intellectual, and social needs.
I am a dynamic writer, editor, and communications specialist, with degrees in sociology, psychology, and creative writing. I have a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum. I have worked as a Team Leader. I served as the Curriculum Designer and Workshop Coordinator for two workshops with children in Newtown, Connecticut, through Kids Share Workshops, Inc. Kids Share Workshops was formerly an L(C)(3) company offering arts enrichment workshops to children in communities struggling with hardship or disaster.
I have an eye for detail and the ability to make communications effective and compelling.
If you've owned a dog before, you know that the relationship between owner and pet is a special one. However, knowing the financ ial commitment involved as a pet parent may help you in the long run . Continue reading for a rundown of the most common dog-ownership expenses.
Immunotherapy allergy shots for dogs can be an effective method to treat allergies. They can provide your pet some relief from itching while improving their quality of life. Allergy shots are more effective if given earlier in a dog's life, as environmental allergies can get worse as a dog ages.
There are several reasons why your dog may be wheezing, panting heavily, or having a hard time breathing. Some of those reasons could include the breed of dog, overexerting themselves, or having a heat stroke. Learn more about the signs, factors, causes, and what you can do to support your dog if their breathing is fast and labored.
Some dog owners slip their four-legged companions all their leftover food, while others are careful not to give their pups a morsel unless it's formulated for dogs. No matter how watchful a pet parent may be, it only takes a second for a curious dog to grab something they shouldn't eat.
Have you ever taken your dog outside, only to find him eating grass like a cow chewing its cud? Does eating grass mean your dog is sick and trying to induce vomiting, or does he or she simply love the taste of fresh, green grass?
No pet parent likes to see their dog in pain, but it is important to know the source of your dog's pain before treating it with any sort of dog pain medicine. While there are some excellent options for managing your dog's pain, many human medications are toxic to dogs and can cause more harm than good.
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A contagious and infectious respiratory disease found in dogs, kennel cough can cause a forceful, persistent, hacking cough or gagging sound. Though it usually resolves on its own over time, kennel cough can be treated with antibiotics, medications, and at-home remedies.
Herbs and spices have been used in some cultures for centuries for their medicinal and nutritional properties. And with good reason. Many herbs and spices offer natural healing benefits. We have grown accustomed to the convenience of feeding our pups the same food day after day.
Does your dog jump after flies and moths or try pouncing on grasshoppers? Dogs often explore their environments with their mouths, which can get them into trouble. That can also be the case if your dog was to eat a bee. Certain naturally chase anything that moves.
Do pets dream? If you are a dog or cat owner, chances are you have wondered if your pets dream. If you've watched your pet sleep, you've seen him quiver, twitch, run in place, swat at phantoms, or even growl or snap during nightmares. So you probably already guessed it; the answer is yes.
You have probably heard about collagen, most likely relating to products that promote youthful skin and beauty in humans. Science has shown that collagen has numerous health benefits for dogs too. These benefits go far beyond appearance and may affect the quality and length of Fido's life.Some health-conscious companies are beginning to introduce collagen chew products for dogs as a healthy alternative to rawhide chews.
By Lauren Lee As a society, we have become accustomed to seeking a magic fix. Bombarded by commercials and advertisements, many people are willing to try almost anything that promises to cure all ills. Suppose the latest product, pill, diet, or supplement promises to take off 40 pounds in 30 days, remove undereye circles, and return skin to its once youthful glow.
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Summer and Fall are ideal seasons to enjoy fresh fruit from local stores and farm stands. As you savor nature's healthy foods, you may wonder if your dog can eat any of the natural fruits available. For example, can dogs eat pineapple?
Vegetarian meat has taken the food scene by storm in recent months, showing up in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants. Countless brands have rolled out "meatless meat" options. Now vegetarians have the chance to enjoy burgers, sausage, bacon, and a whole host of plant-based meats that are nearly undetectable from the real thing.
Whether your dog has lots of energy or is prone to anxiety, knowing how to calm your furry friend is a key skill for any pup parent. Learn more on why some dogs have so much energy and how to manage a hyperactive dog.
There are numerous dog accessories on the market for canines and the people who love them. From dog selfie cameras to automatic treat dispensers and interactive ball launchers, there is no shortage of pet gear. And for those pet parents who want to outfit their fur friends with the latest and greatest gadgets, we have arrived.
Did you ever stop to consider that some of your very well-intentioned behavior could be getting under your pup's fur? Yes, humans do many things that our loyal canine companions tolerate because they are good-natured and they love us. However, our dogs let us know when they genuinely hate certain things.
No sound will get a dog owner's attention quite like the sound of a dog throwing up or beginning to feel ill. A pet getting sick is a common occurrence that nearly every pet owner will have to deal with during their pet's lifetime. The reasons your dog may become sick can vary.
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This ManyPets vs. Trupanion comparison will compare the two companies by coverage, affordability, and more. Find out which is better.
Why is my dog coughing? Just like human beings, dogs have to get rid of particles that they breathe in such as germs and dust. Oftentimes, a few hacks is all they need to remedy the issue, but some serious causes of continuous coughing can include kennel cough, lung problems, and heart disease.
In this ManyPets vs. Healthy Paws comparison, we'll review sample policies from each provider to determine which is the best.
So you've recently started that professional veterinary career you worked so hard to achieve. You expected it would be a tough road getting there, but you persisted and you've made it - congratulations! Here are some essential tips to help you successfully manage your Veterinary student debt...
Have you ever noticed your dog obsessively licking or scratching his skin, biting or chewing his paws, or dragging his butt across the carpet or floors as you desperately try to redirect your dinner guests' attention? These behaviors are nothing to sneeze at.
If the term "networking" makes you think of people in suits, all wearing "Hi, My Name Is..." labels, scanning the room for influential people to talk to, as you stand awkwardly in the corner, you are not alone. However, modern networking is actually not a painful process, and it can have significant impact on your career prospects.
Behavior problems are a common reason owners give for surrendering pets to shelters or rescue organizations. Approximately 3.3 million dogs are surrendered to animal shelters each year. One in five of these dogs will be euthanized. Correcting behaviors and keeping dogs in loving homes is not only easier on dog owners, but literally saves lives.
Successful veterinary professionals know that having a standout Resume (or Curriculum Vitae or CV) is a vital element in securing the very best veterinary jobs. So, where do you turn to when it's time to create or polish up your resume?
As a dog owner, you likely think of your pet as a family member. So you want to do whatever you can to ensure he has a long and healthy life. You probably already know that one of the best things you...
LOVING YOUR PETS THROUGH ALL LIFE STAGES
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, so we thought we would highlight some of the benefits of senior dog adoption. We love puppies just as much as most people do. However, older dogs possess so many remarkable qualities; it is worth highlighting a few of the reasons to consider a senior when searching for your next canine ...
If you're like many pet parents, you want your furry family member to live a long, healthy life. Many pet owners go out of their way to ensure the health of their fur friends, including choosing their pet's food carefully, investing in vitamins and supplements, and carefully vetting pet-sitters, doggy daycares, and boarding facilities.
If you are looking to add a new dog to your family, shelters are filled with wonderful dogs just waiting for their forever, loving homes. Each day dogs of every breed, size, temperament, age, and activity level leave shelters and become members of loving families.
Have you recently added a new dog to the family? Have you come home to find shoes, pillows, clothing, or furniture chewed to bits? If your dog is 1-year-old or younger, there is a good chance he is chewing because he is experiencing pain from teeth that are still growing in.
No one wants to admit that their canine companion that has been with them for many years is aging. Oftentimes, you might not even notice behavior changes that occur gradually as your pet ages. Sometimes changes in your senior dog's behavior indicate that he is in pain or has an underlying medical condition that needs ...
Every relationship has spoken or unspoken rules that define socially acceptable behavior within the relationship. The relationship with the family dog is no different. There must be boundaries for both the dog and for his pet parents and all other family members. However, when it comes to children, these rules and boundaries need to be ...
HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING OUR PETS
October 26th is National Pitbull Awareness Day (NPBAD). This is a day dedicated to those who own a pit bull (or a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier) and to educate others about these lovable dogs6. What is NPBAD? National Pitbull Awareness Day is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes ...
We love our pets like family, and we want them to live long, healthy lives. October is National Pet Wellness Month, a perfect time to re-evaluate your furry friend's health and lifestyles. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) launched National Pet Wellness Month in 2004 to educate pet parents on the importance of regular pet ...
If you've ever spoken to anyone who does rescue work or works at an animal shelter, you may have heard about Black Dog Syndrome (BDS)6. Black Dog Syndrome is when dogs (and cats) with black fur get passed over for adoption in favor of other fur-colored pets.
Dogs are our best friends, shoulders to cry on, faithful companions, secret keepers, snuggle buddies, and so much more. All they ask for in return is that we fill their food dishes and offer belly rubs and endless love. While many of us spoil our dogs every day, Monday, August 10, 2020, is officially National ...
We all need a little R&R now and then. Still, for many pet owners, the idea of leaving our pets behind or boarding them in a high-stress kennel environment takes the relaxation out of R&R. Increasingly, pet owners are turning to Pet Sitters to either stay with their pets or to have them come in ...
Most of us with animals know that being responsible for our furry friends is a daily, year-round commitment. To highlight the importance of humans' responsibilities to animals, In Defense of Animals (IDA) has declared the month of May "Responsible Animal Guardian Month." Purpose of the Campaign According to the IDA, one purpose behind the Responsible ...
PUBLISHED WORK FROM MY LIFE AS AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST
I am reading through numerous articles and clippings on Denver, Colorado's lengthy and highly controversial pit bull ban in the midst of the mayor's latest decision to veto the repeal on breed specific legislation. Pictures from the The Rocky Mountain News in 2005 show dogs being rounded up, forced onto trucks, and taken to their deaths.
How Pitbulls went from being known as America's dog to being maligned by the media and feared by the public.
By Lauren Lee He knew it was his turn. That much was clear. Finally, he was getting his "freedom ride." It was a sweltering, late August afternoon, easily one of the top five hottest days New England had seen that year. The foster contract was filled out and left behind on the front desk mid-signature....
BY: Lauren G. Lee The United States and Canada can boast of some of the most beautiful sights and landscapes, making both countries wonderful places to visit, sightsee, and vacation. Both countries also offer varying and wonderful places to settle down and call home.
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Let's be honest, nobody likes trimming their dog's nails. It's most likely that your pup doesn't like it much either. However, nail trimming is an essential part of caring for your dog's health and hygiene and should be maintained frequently. Preparing Your Pup Regardless of the method of nail trimming you choose, it will involve ...
All dogs drool. It is just a fact of life with dogs. They drool when they are happy, excited, and even nervous. They tend to drool even more if they are anticipating yummy treats or table scraps. Like humans, dogs have glands in their mouths, which produce saliva.
We've all experienced stress; tight shoulders, tension headaches, irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping. And as we leave our homes to tackle busy days, with "to do" lists in hand, it is tempting to look at our fur friends and envy their worry-free lives. What you may not know is that our pets suffer from stress in ...
"KIDS SHARE NEWTOWN - Adventures in Time Travel and Other Amazing Stories!" features the art and writing of the children of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Connecticut. It is the final product of the Kids Share Newtown Project by Kids Share Workshops and Publishing, Inc. Kids Share Workshops (501)(c)(3) is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young people to be the artists and authors of their own stories through art and literacy workshops in the United States and abroad. Kids Share Newtown...
A message of hope from children who had seen the worst of mankind.
We are grateful for the compassion and talent our volunteers bring to Kids Share Workshops. Below are new volunteers who have enthusiastically joined our 2015 spring workshop in Newtown, CT.
POETRY AND NARRATIVE WRITING
An anthology published by: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Picture courtesy of The Blue Diamond Gallery