As a kid, I grew up with lots of dogs in my family. My earliest recollection was a Labrador mix called Bruce, and I must have only been about three years old.
When I was around seven, we began to move around frequently, so having a dog was very difficult until we adopted a baby long-haired Dachshund. I was thirteen by then. We called him Pepe; I have no idea why; all I can say was it wasn't my idea. But he did seem to grow into the name.
I've personally been the parent of a Great Dane called Lady, a French Bulldog we called Spike. I have also had the privilege of being the parent of one of the gorgeous cats on the planet; a British Blue Shorthair called Ellie. Right now, we have an amazing little Havanese in our family; we call Biscuit; he’s four years old.
I pride myself on being the very best dog-parent I can be. I refuse to bring a dog into my life without investing as much time as possible to understand that dog's particular needs. Every dog I have parented has been an experience, and they are all different with incredible personalities.
To understand dogs as much as possible, I have taken several courses regarding dog care and training. The most recent course is The Truth About Cats And Dogs, offered by The University Of Edinburgh.
My dogs and cat have been the funniest and most unique animals I have ever been privileged to spend my life with. They can teach human beings so much if we take the time to watch and listen to them. My ambition is to share what I have learned with other passionate dog lovers.
I am obsessed with writing and researching everything I can about dog health, care, psychology, and finding the best dog products available to help ensure a dog’s life is as happy and contented as possible.
Jovanka Panic is a writer, translator, veterinarian, humanitarian, and a passionate traveler. After finishing the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, she got a Master's degree at the University of Agriculture and a Certificate in English at the University of Cambridge. She speaks English, Serbian, Russian, and Italian.
She worked as a scientist at Pasteur Institute, a Pathologist Assistant, and a vet at Beo ZOO. Nowadays, she writes for several websites, volunteers at the Food Bank for Abandoned Animals, and takes care of three cats (Clementine, Josephine, and Sophio), kitten Rosalie, and their 'mom' American Stafford Terrier, Malena.
Current events the Food Bank for Abandoned Animals organize include:
- The annual event 'Recycle fest' to collect donations for abandoned animals by selling handmade reused products.
- Organized food collection for stray dogs and cats in collaboration with local pet shops.
- Prevented stray dogs euthanasia in cooperation with local authorities.
- Free stray dogs' spaying and neutering in cooperation with local vets.
- Decorating and cleaning a local city dog shelter.
- Encouraging adoptions within an action 'Don't buy, adopt'.
- The weekend walking of shelter dogs.
- Making packages with food and toys for shelter dogs for Christmas.
Stephanie was born and raised in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Alberta, Canada. She started her career as a school teacher twenty years ago and has taught English Language Arts to students in grades three through twelve. She is currently exploring her love of writing and exploring topics she is interested in while also learning more in her field of expertise. She is passionate about lifelong learning.
Carol is a registered veterinary technician with over 15 years experience in veterinary medicine. Her veterinary interests include nutrition, critical care, anesthesia and internal medicine, and she enjoys writing about various veterinary and pet-related topics. She is currently the president of the New Mexico Veterinary Technician Association. Carol lives in New Mexico with her husband, three goofy dogs, three demanding cats and three well-fed horses.
Dr. Ivana Crnec is a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine, a passionate writer and a devoted pet parent.
Specializing in domestic carnivores, her professional experience ranges from preventative medicine and routine wellness care through diagnosing and treating conditions to emergency and specialty care.
Ivana was born on the 5th of January, 1992, in Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia. She got her veterinary degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bitola.
She then continued her education at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb, Croatia, where she specialized in domestic carnivores.
During the faculty years, she participated in several international Zoo and Wildlife preservation projects and wrote research papers published in international journals.
She spent the faculty summer breaks volunteering in two veterinary clinics - "Fiziovet" and "Kreszinger" in Zagreb, Croatia. Additionally, she is a certified nutritionist and is certified in HAACP food safety system implementation.
Now, Ivana is a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine, a passionate writer, and a devoted pet parent.
She has actively worked in the veterinary industry for seven years, gaining experience in various fields, from preventative medicine and wellness through diagnosing and treating conditions to emergency and specialty care.
Today, she is a board member of the Bibevski Foundation, and her primary focus is advancing animal healthcare through research and education.
When not working, she is either reading or shoe shopping.