Hi, I'm Gem!
And the little guy all over my website is my dysfunctional sidekick, Bones! Bones is my psychiatric service dog dropout and best friend.
Trying (and ultimately failing) to owner-train Bones is what inspired me to learn about dog training and behavior. I strive to help other owner-trainers avoid making the same mistakes that I did as a novice.
I have 3+ years of animal industry experience in a variety of subsects including dog daycare, shelter work, and dog training.
I forayed into professional writing after a stint as the News Section Editor for the CU Denver Sentry, and have since been published in OUTFRONT Magazine and 303 Magazine.
I started The Helper Dog Blog in September 2018 to serve as a resource for owner-trainers looking for information about their rights as service dog handlers.
Writing & Editing Experience
Writing and editing have been my passions for as long as I can remember. When you get writing from me, you get the whole nine yards. I have experience working for print and digital publications as well as writing content for blogs and social media profiles.
Animal Industry Experience
I love animals so much it’s a borderline obsession. From rats to cats to dogs teeny-weeny to absolutely gigantic, working with animals is something I never want to stop. I’ve been gifted with incredible opportunities in the animal industry.