I’ve had a passion for dogs since the day I said my first word, “dog”. When I was four, my pretend friends were dogs who lived under the dining room table.  I asked my fourth grade Catholic school teacher - if God made dogs so innocent, why aren’t they allowed in heaven.  I asked my seventh grade Spanish teacher  - if there was a masculine and feminine pronoun, then why on earth wasn’t there one for neutered dogs.  My ninth grade career notebook was about being a guide dog instructor.  And although I was never an instructor I did serve as executive director of Los Angeles’ Guide Dogs of America, and after that CEO of the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind, a consumer affairs board that regulates guide dog schools. My PHD dissertation in linguistics was about the way breed standards cause unintended changes in purebred dogs. I’ve consulted with museums, collected moose bones and wolf poop, and put radio collars on coyotes then followed them around to see what they do all day.  I’ve hung out with African Wild Dogs in South Africa (well at least the biologists who study them) and I worked on the Yellowstone wolf re-introductory project. In 2003 my sister and I wrote a gift book about dogs in 19th century America. During the last 15 years, I’ve given dog lectures at wildlife museums and zoos, breed club meetings and libraries. Today I write about dogs.  My articles appear regularly in popular publications.  I consider myself very lucky to have made my passion a career.

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  1. Hello. I absolutely love your blog by the way.

    My name is Mark Murphy and I am currently traveling the world and volunteering at animal shelters in different countries. Like you, I absolutely love animals and I decided to open an online pet store for higher end products called The Designer Pet Furniture Store. We sell dog carriers, purses, dog crates, dog beds and much more! I was wondering if it would be possible to add my link somewhere in your website if you don't mind. If you would like, I could also feature you on my page as well and that will help us both for SEO purposes.

    A portion of my proceeds go to these animal shelters in countries where animal rights are not as high as they are back home. I strive my business on amazing customer service as well and my partners back in the US and I are available to assist customers 24/7. Thank you so much for even reading this. Have a wonderful day!

    Mark Murphy
    e-Commerce Manager
    WGM Marketing Solutions, LLC

    c/o Designer Pet Products