Herding Breeds Are Awesome!

Guild of Shepherds & Collies

I’ve written several articles about herding breeds recently for the Guild of Shepherds & Collies website. Have you heard of any of these breeds?

Meet the Icelandic Sheepdog

Viking settlers brought the ancestors of the Icelandic Sheepdog to the Nordic island of Iceland between 874 to 930 AD.

A Heart Wrapped in Fur

The rugged, shaggy Briard, also known as the Chien Berger de Brie, has long been used in France as a sheepherder and guardian against predators and poachers.

Meet the Pumi: The Herding World’s Best-Kept Secret

The Pumi is pretty uncommon, but absolutely adorable!

The Berger Picard Will Take Your Breath Away

If you saw the 2005 movie Because of Winn-Dixie, you might recognize this breed:

The Shaggy Little Sheepdog

The cute and clownish Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium-sized herding breed developed in — you guessed it — Poland.

Rescue Proud!

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Of all the magazines I’ve worked on over the years, one of my favorites was Rescue Proud! I helped develop and launch this magazine in 2014. In less than six months, we went from concept to holding the first print issue in our hands, and concurrently launched a website: www.rescueproud.com.

Rescue Proud focuses on animal welfare issues and the adoption of all animal species, from dogs and cats to horses, cows, bird, reptiles and guinea pigs.

During my time as the editor, I traveled to animal welfare conferences and met influential leaders in the animal welfare movement. I also met a ton of incredible rescue pets. This magazine is heartwarming, informative and also gives back a portion of subscription proceeds to animal rescue groups of the subscriber’s choice. What could be better?

Cats and Kittens

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Most people are either “dog people” or “cat people.” I get it. Cats and dogs are totally different animals, so to speak. Dogs are exuberant and loyal–no human will ever be as happy to see you at the end of the day as your dog. Or as happy to see you after a two-minute trip to the mailbox. Cats are more subtle. They are to be admired and adored, and when you cat lavishes you with affection you feel like the luckiest person in the world.

I’m an anomaly. I really truly am both a cat and dog person. I appreciate cats for being cats and dogs for being dogs. I have owned both and will always be devoted to both.

As the editor of Cats USA and Kittens 101 magazines, I got the chance to expand my cat knowledge while interacting with tons of adorable cats and kittens at photo shoots (including the two sweeties shown on the Kittens 101 cover above).

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies

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As the editor of Puppies 101 magazine (originally called Puppies USA), I had the super fun job of looking at hundreds of photos of über-cute puppies and sometimes even playing with these sweet babies at photo shoots (including the impossibly adorable Boxer pup on the cover above). I also became a certified puppy expert, from training and behavior to nutrition, grooming and vaccines, I can answer almost any question about puppies.

Natural Dog Magazine

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I was the editor of Natural Dog magazine from 2010 to 2015. It was a fascinating magazine to work on. I learned so much about natural and holistic health care and nutrition, even chemical-free flea control! I directed the cover shoot for the issue above featuring the beautiful Vizsla. The photo was taken by Gina Cioli (I-5 Publishing) in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Dog World Magazine

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From 2008 to 2015, I was the editor of Dog World magazine. Published monthly for nearly 100 years until the magazine closed in 2012, Dog World was an institution in the world of purebred dogs. (Dog World was reincarnated as an annual magazine in 2013.)  It was an honor to be a part of this beautiful, historical publication. I had so much fun meeting countless gorgeous purebred dogs while directing photo shoots for the magazine, including the Golden Retriever, Bedlington Terrier and Bulldog images featured on the above covers (images by Gina Cioli/I-5 Publishing).

Dog World made its debut in Chicago in January 1916. Each copy cost 10 cents, or you could subscribe for $1 per year. You can read more about Dog World here:


Best Dog Breeds for Kids

My miniature poodle makes me smile!
My miniature poodle makes me smile!

Working as a dog magazine editor for more than 14 years has given me in-depth knowledge about the hundreds of different dog breeds. There truly is a breed (or two or three) that’s absolute perfect for everyone. For me, it happens to be poodles! Smart, lots of fun and non-shedding, I love everything about my miniature poodle Jäger!

If you’re looking for a breed that known to be great with the kiddos, check out this article I co-wrote: