It all started with my first dog, a goldendoodle named Moose. A shoulder injury put him on crate rest, and to help him cope, I started learning clicker training so we could play brain games and he could learn body awareness as he healed. This sent me on a journey into the world of rewards based training and dog wellness. Five years later, I started volunteering and fostering for a local rescue organization. Because I had experience with clicker training, they often asked me to help walk the more difficult dogs: the ones who pulled on leash, barked at other dogs, or were just a little timid and needed a patient handler.
Then, in fall 2018, I got a call asking me to foster a young, heartworm positive Australian cattle dog named Daisy. My partner and I agreed to get her through her heartworm treatment and ready for adoption in her forever home… But she turned out to be a little more than anyone bargained for. After trying to find her the perfect home for a whole year, we finally adopted her after moving to a farm that would better meet all of our needs than the urban environment we had been living in.
Meeting all of Daisy’s physical, mental, and emotional needs has required a deep dive into the world of dog behavior and welfare. I am a certified Family Dog Mediator, I am studying to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I serve on the board of directors of Summit Dog Rescue, and I co-host the podcast Pod to the Rescue, a dog behavior and wellness resource for rescues, fosters, and adopters.
In addition to my work with dogs, I work as a freelance writer and editor and have a master of fine arts from the University of Wyoming in creative writing. I live with Daisy and my partner, Jason, outside of Boulder, Colorado.
My pronouns are she/her/hers.