I am a native Southern Californian who now happily calls Southeast Michigan my home. Because it’s more enjoyable to live on 10 acres occasionally covered in snow than in 10 square feet always filled with sun, especially when you live with dogs.
In 2009, I left my doctoral program at the University of Michigan and went to spend a week at Best Friends’ Animal Sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah. I’ve since spent time navigating the worlds of dog rescue, animal assisted therapy and humane education, and learning to embrace the fact that, instead of Dr. Douglas, I’m now known as Peaches’ mom. It plays well on Facebook. Less so on a resume.
Here’s a sampling of my favorite posts if you’re looking for a place to start:
- The Romance of Rescue
- Five essentials for the multi-dog household
- Six Activities That Are Always Better with a Dog
- Five Foolproof Tips for Better Pit Bull Advocacy
- Cra Cra for Cozy Caves
- Playing, Pausing and Playing Back
Our current non-human brood includes four mixed breed rescue dogs, one of whom is a registered therapy dog, and a little smoky cat named Pickles who plays fetch and is under the general impression that she’s a dog.