Lucky Puppy

As the Editor-at-Large for Lucky Puppy magazine, I was able to help educate and entertain people who choose to rescue a pup (or kitty!) for all the same reasons we choose to think mindfully, eat healthy, and live green. It’s about giving back, and how a generous spirit can inform everyday choices — including the pet we bring home as part of our family.

Here are just a few of the heart-warming stories I’ve written for the website:


Tilly Transforms From a Sick Puppy Into a Beloved Best Friend

When Project Buddy Dog Rescue took in Tilly, she had severe skin and ear issues. Now the healthy Pit Bull has a forev…


Photo copyright Pet Pawtography

Bald No More, Oracle Enjoys Life With Her Forever Family

Montgomery Humane Society and Cheyenne Edwards helped the terrier mix heal from demodectic mange and begin her new life.

Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni
Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni

Great Dane Pups Quigly and Quilla Survive to Find Their Forever Homes

These strong little pups recovered from a sickness that took their littermates. Now Quigly and Quilla now have new homes and new names.

Photo copyright Shelter Me Photography/Nanette Martin

A Magical Photo Helps a Family See Beyond a Dog’s Deformity and Into His Heart

Zulu the Pit Bull is so much more than his deformed leg, as a portrait by Nanette Martin shows.

Photo copyright Seth Castell/One Picture Saves a Life

The Key to Pet Adoption? We’ll Give You a Hint: Smile and Say Cheese

Seth Casteel, Jackson Galaxy and Jorge Bendersky get behind the lens of pet adoption.


Photo copyright Sarah O’Neill Photography

Samantha Loses an Eye But Gains a Loving Family

Samantha was in pain before photographer Sarah O’Neill and Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue changed her life for the better.


Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni
Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni

Oscar the Stray Gets Healthy in Pug Paradise

Thanks to a new life on a farm for rescue Pugs, the sweet senior no longer has the frequent seizures rescuers believe were the result of previous abuse.

IMG_0343A Hairless, Spunky Puppy Gets a New Life and a New Name

Ditto the German Shepherd overcame skin infections and kennel cough before becoming Miah in her new home.

BearAfter1-800x500Puppy Survives Storm and Gets Sent to Prison

Found in a storm drain, the Boxer-Lab pup now known as Bear graduated with honors from a prison training program and found his forever home.

PaisleyAfter3-copy-800x500Paisley the Pit Bull Is a Mangy Puppy No More!

Austin Pets Alive! helped the sweet puppy heal from severe manage and find her forever home.



Phoenix the Pit Bull Is Reborn

This sweet Pit Bull has a new life thanks to a Good Samaritan and the SPCA of Texas.

Photo copyright Fiona Green Photography

Baxter the Beagle Catches a Photographer’s Eye and Gets a New Life

Shelter workers thought Baxter had sarcoptic mange, which made his chances for adoption poor. Photographer Fiona Green saw beyond his patchy coat.

HowardAfter-62642a16-800x500Shelter Dog Makeover Contest Winners

Wahl and show how simple grooming can reveal a hidden gem.


Nacho the Pit Bull Is a 100-Pound Love Bug Who Wants His Forever Family

He was found with severe injuries and chained to a fence. Despite his history, Nacho holds no grudges and absolutely loves people.






I love writing for Dogster, both the website and the magazine. Check out some of my recent articles.

Let’s Talk Dog Cloning — Would You Ever Clone Your Dog?

What once seemed sci-fi fantasy is now a reality. See where scientists are at with dog cloning today — and exactly how to clone your dog.

Pet Insurance for Dogs — Should You Have It?

Let’s talk pet insurance for dogs: what is it, should you get it, how much is it, does insurance cost more for purebred dogs and what does it cover?

Dealing with a Dog Bee Sting? What to Do

Was your dog stung by a bee? Here’s how to handle a dog bee sting — from what requires a vet to what you can manage at home.


I Groom My Own Dog — and I Even Get Compliments!

With DIY grooming, I spend more bonding time with my Poodle, Jäger, and save money.

7 Ways to Stay Bonded With Your Dog After You Have a Baby

With just a little effort, it’s possible to find balance between caring for your “first baby” and your new human baby.



We Chat With “Reporting for Duty” Author About Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Tracy Libby’s new book chronicles how service dogs have improved the lives of veterans, including Irwin Stovroff, a 93-year-old WWII vet.


We Chat With Photographer Lori Fusaro About Her Book “My Old Dog”

Los Angeles photographer Lori Fusaro has always had a soft spot for animals. In addition to being staff photographer for Best Friends Animal Society and owner of Fusaro Photography, she volunteers her time taking pictures of shelter and rescue dogs.

Achoo! What You Need to Know About Dog Flu

If you’re like me, you spend the winter obsessively washing your hands and avoiding anyone with the slightest sniffle. The human flu season winds down come spring, but dog flu can spread year round.

The Humane Alliance Is Spaying It Forward

Humane Alliance has perfected the process of providing high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter services, and it mentors other groups as well.

Western Canada Bans Ear Cropping

British Columbia joins a handful of countries (but not the U.S.) in banning the controversial procedure.

5 Reasons Your Dog Should Always Be in a Safety Harness or Secured Carrier in the Car

IMG_3678 2By Jackie Brown

Most of us won’t get behind the wheel of a car without buckling up. Parents wouldn’t dream of driving without their baby or toddler secured in a car seat. For many of us, putting on a seat belt is as natural as breathing. So why is it that only 16 percent of us restrain our dogs in the car? That was the finding of a pet travel survey sponsored by AAA and Kurgo Pet Products.

Are you part of the 84 percent of people who said they don’t buckle up their dogs? Even if you’re part of the 16 percent who do restrain their dogs in the car, here are seven car safety facts all pet parents need to know:

1. The laws of physics apply to your dog

When it comes to bad things, you may suffer from the optimist mentality: “It won’t happen to me.” Lots of people think their dog will be fine even if they are involved in an accident. Well I have news for you: All pets, people, and inanimate objects are subject to the laws of physics. In an accident, an unrestrained dog can go flying — against the dashboard or backseat, out a window, or even through the windshield. Best-case scenario in a low-speed crash: Your dog is just a little dazed. Worst-case scenario in a high-speed collision or rollover? Your dog is dead.

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Do You Know What to Do If Your Dog’s Collar Gets Stuck on Something?


By Jackie Brown

It was just another night at the Perry house. The dogs were inside, happily wrestling and playing while the family looked on. But in an instant, things took a deadly turn.

The family’s smaller dog, Blue, was playing with their bigger dog, Scout, when Scout’s tooth became stuck beneath Blue’s collar. Both dogs panicked. As they struggled to break free, the collar twisted tighter and tighter until Blue began to strangle right before their eyes.

“That’s when our daughter Julia got to them,” Jim Perry said. “She was able to cut the collar off just in the nick of time.” But Blue was in bad shape. They rushed her to the 24-hour emergency clinic where she was admitted in critical condition.

How to Hold a Pet Food Drive for a Rescue or Shelter

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Lucky Puppy magazine:

By Jackie Brown

If there’s one thing all animal shelters and rescue groups need it’s pet food — a lot of pet food! In fact, food is one of the largest operational costs incurred by shelters and rescues. Help a local group by organizing a pet food drive among your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s an easy way to do your part to help animals in need.

First, choose a local organization to help. Some shelters or rescue groups list their preferred foods on their websites. Some may feed only one or a few select brands of food in order to avoid stomach upset that could occur by feeding many different types of food. Other groups will take anything you might have. Organizations might need cat food, dog food, and possibly food for small animals like rabbits, hamsters, and birds. If you don’t see any information listed on the website, call or stop by to ask if they have any preferences. Most groups also welcome pet treats.

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So You Think You Want a Puppy?

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Dogster magazine:

By Jackie Brown

I’ll never forget the day I met my Miniature Poodle puppy, Jäger. It was truly love at first sight. Here was my little baby! Squeeeee!!!

I didn’t get Jäger on a whim, though. That moment we met was the culmination of months of research and soul searching as my husband and I sought to bring home the “perfect” puppy. He’s 7 now, and he really is perfect for our family and just the most wonderful dog.

Even if you’ve gotten a puppy before, you still may need a refresher on where to start, so here’s some advice from the experts. You’ll have your dog for 10 to 15 years (or more!), so don’t rush. Take your time now to make a good choice, and it will pay off with a lifetime of love and happiness.

Go Back to School With Your Dog!

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2016 issue of Dogster magazine:

By Jackie Brown

You and your dog did puppy kindergarten and then graduated with honors from an obedience class. Now he’s all grown up. He’s housetrained, knows all the basic commands, and is well-behaved at home and in public.

You’re done training him, right?


Doctors, lawyers, and teachers don’t stop learning after they graduate and get their degrees. They take “continuing education” courses throughout their careers to keep their skills sharp and up to date. Training beyond puppyhood is like continuing education for your dog — and it has incredible benefits.

“You’re never done training,” said Penelope Milne, CPDT- KSA, CBCC-KA, owner of DubDubDog Animal Behavior Services in Laguna Beach, California. “But that doesn’t mean you and your dog need to keep attending the same classes and rehearsing the same stuff.”

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5 Wet and Wild Summer Games for Your Dog

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2016 issue of Dogster magazine:

By Jackie Brown

What can you and your dog do when it’s blazing outside? It’s tempting to draw the shades and hunker down inside with the air-conditioning blasting, but it’s more fun to take advantage of the hot summer days instead. Get out there, and try one of these fun ways to beat the heat.

1. Water fetch

There are two ways to play this game: floating fetch or sinking fetch. Try both ways to see which one your dog thinks is the most fun. Every so often, dive in with him so you can cool off, too!

Big pool version: Toss floating toys in the deep end and sinking toys in shallow water. Start off with one at a time, then try multiple toys to see how many your dog can collect.

Kiddie pool version: Stand a distance away from the pool, holding your dog’s collar. Toss a toy into the pool, then release your dog to run and jump into the pool. Or, set up two kiddie pools (one on each side of the yard), and stand in the middle with a pile of toys. Toss toys into both pools so your dog runs back and forth between them.

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