Everything today's pet owners need to create the lives their pets deserve

Contributors & Authors

Lori Hilliardlori-old-photo-for-tcp

Lori is a life-long animal lover who has had a wide range of pets over the years, including dogs, cats, fish, salamanders, rats and parakeets. Her retirement goals include becoming a foster to as many dogs as she can fit on her sofa. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband and her senior dog, Soldier. She is active in supporting rescue organizations, humane societies as well as promoting pet adoption. Lori created her blog in order to establish a safe, positive environment where pet owners can ask experts and owners their pet parenting questions in a non-critical, positive environment. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Read all of Lori’s posts >>


Kevin Winkler

kevin-winkler_47Dr. Kevin Winkler is a board certified small animal surgeon with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.  After 3 years as a veterinarian in emergency practice, he completed an internship and surgical residency at the University of Illinois.  Following his residency, Dr. Winkler joined the staff at the Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, WI in 1996 and assumed the position of Chief of Surgical services in 1998.  He spent 7 years assisting in national disaster veterinary relief with the NVRT and VMAT teams and also instructs on the care of working dogs for police units.  He is currently a surgeon and medical director with BluePearl in Atlanta.  He has lectured across the country and internationally.  In addition to four children, Dr. Winkler and his wife have 2 dogs and a cat.  They enjoy traveling, following their daughter’s athletic endeavors, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Read all of Kevin’s posts>>

Susan Smith

Susan H. Smith is the president of Pet Travel, Inc. Susan has been assisting pet owners with transporting their pets for over 18 years. PetTravel.com is the leader in providing current information and instruction on traveling to over 240 countries worldwide as well as airline pet policies and pet friendly ferries and trains. Additionally, PetTravel.com carries the best equipment at great prices to keep your pet safe and comfortable during its travels.

Read all of Susan’s posts>>

Kristen White

kristen-and-kaidenKristen has a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology, has been working in the veterinary field for 27 years and has a special interest in animal behavior. She works at a small animal and exotics practice in Clearwater, Florida. She also teaches animal behavior at St. Petersburg College. Additionally she is a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, teaches puppy and obedience classes and helps people with animal behavior for a variety of species.

Read all of Kristen’s posts>>


Emily Jones

Emily lives on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, UK , where she is a pet blogger alongside her day job as a librarian. She has two dogs, a French Bulldog and an English Bulldog – Grace and Dinky Daisy. Her blog follows the ups and downs of their family, which two years ago moved from London to “the middle of nowhere.” She is currently looking for writing opportunities and is happy to receive emails at emily@highercannaframe.co.uk if you have a project you would like her input on. You can follow the exploits of Grace and Dinky Daisy at Yoga Dogs.

Read all of Emily’s posts>>


Linda Wagner

Linda Wagner is the founder of Linda’s Pet Care Services Inc, in Estes Park, Co. She studied Forestry and Animal Biology in college for three years before changing course and earning a BA at SIU in Carbondale, IL.  

After graduation, Linda moved to Colorado to work at Animal Medical Center as the manager of the boarding kennel, impound and adoption center. During this time, she studied animal behavior and created the first daycare program in Estes Park for playtime and socialization for dogs. 

In 2002, Linda opened her own daycare and overnight facility, as an alternative to the sterile and traditional boarding kennel set up that most dogs abhor. She also teaches positive reinforcement training classes, and offers puppy consultations and behavioral consultations. Additionally, she is a certified foster parent for Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc., an organization that fosters and adopts giant breeds in eleven states. 

Linda works with local behaviorists and trainers to update and maximize the socialization program she offers through daycare as well as to provide a home away from home setting for dogs staying overnight. 

Read all of Linda’s posts>>

Lauralee Zelesnak Lees

Lauralee Zelesnak Lees is an animal lover and a retired high-school and college biology and biochemistry teacher of 20 years.  She is now a Clinical Aromatherapy student of The School of Aromatic Studies.  She and her husband are Silver Leaders and Independent Distributors of the purest oils on the planet, Young Living Essential Oils, member number 1443577.  If you are interested in purchasing the Young Living Oils or would like to request an educational oil class taught for your community, organization, or health staff, Lauralee and Scott can be reached by Phone:  724-991-8480, E-mail:  leescoaching@gmail.com, Website:  http://yldist.com/teamtimelesshealthscottandlauralee/, or Facebook:  Essential Oils & Aromatherapy with Young Living Essential Oils.

Linda HemplerLinda Hempler with ChiChis

“Many years ago, I received the greatest gift I have ever received from another human being. I named that gift Chico. Since then, my husband and I have given a fur-ever home to other Chihuahuas and we now have three. Chihuahuas became my passion!  Knowing that Chihuahuas are the second most euthanized breed in America—second only to Pit Bulls—it soon became my mission to do something to change these sad statistics and to help educate Chihuahua parents, owners, and guardians. That is when I began my full-time career as a blogger and launched my website Chichisandme.com.

Dawn White

By day Dawn White is a Behavioral Psychologist (working with adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism) and a Licensed Massage Therapist. By night she is the award-winning writer and blogger behind Lola The Rescued Cat (http://lolatherescuedcat.com) and the author of Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat. Lola, Lexy, and Dawn promote advocacy for adoption and animal rights, educate their readers on how to give their cats the best lives ever, and entertain with their wit and escapades.

For more by Dawn White, visit Lola, the Rescued Cat.


Marjorie Dawson of Dash Kitten and Smartphone movie maker

Marjorie Dawson of Dash Kitten is a new Smartphone movie maker

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie Dawson is the blogger behind DashKitten.com. She is helped in this by her creative felines, who are known as the Dash Kitten Crew. They are based in New Zealand. Marjorie wears many hats, including Movie Maker, Cat Blogger, Social Media Influencer, BlogPaws 2017 Double Nose2Nose Finalist.



Cathy Armato 

Cathy Armato is a long-time “extreme dog lover.” She writes the popular blog Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them, covering a variety of topics, including pet health, pet safety, pet friendly travel and animal welfare. She also has a trained Therapy Dog, Icy, who often works with children. She also writes about her experiences in the world of animal sheltering and homeless pets. Each day she strives to share ideas on how to enjoy and care for your pet properly while enriching the lives of dogs everywhere.

Hindy Pearson

Hindy is a certified dog trainer and pet care consultant, specialising in working with rescue dogs and first time pet parents. She fosters and adopts senior and special needs dogs, and advocates for shelter adoption of all animals, particularly older dogs and cats. She is currently working on a spay/neuter program in Spain.. Hindy also offers video consultations on a wide range of issues surrounding senior pet care. You can read more on her website, Caring For a Senior Dog.

Additional Contributors:

Sherry Chen at Personal Creations  Read all of Sherry’s posts>>

Lannie at Allivet


The Contemporary Pet