Writing... Articles published in dozens of
print and online venues
medical content editor
Dog World Magazine feature articles, former columnist for 8 years
Website content writing such as ThePetCenter.com
to CSI TV show relating to veterinary care information and issues
More details of published articles
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Strange... I received Cs and
Ds in high school English. My major writing
assignments always turned out rather brief and
fractured. The Junior Thesis that was supposed to
be volumes long with precise footnotes and documentation
and which accounted for 75% of the final grade was five
handwritten pages and backed by, ahhh, let's see...
Went to college where the
fear of failure absolutely powered me to focus on
learning rather than on studying, which I
discovered in 3rd Grade was boring and avoidable.
I received two A grades in college English and
discovered an outlet for accumulated real and imagined
As a veterinarian I
strove to communicate with pet owners in terms they
could easily grasp. Plus, I had a strong interest
in nutrition and how a proper diet truly impacted the
health of our pets. So I wrote an article for Gun
Dog Magazine back in 1986, submitted it unsolicited, and
was shocked when the editor called me to praise the
article and photos and asked me to submit a few more
articles! Oh, if only Mrs. Grater (high school
English teacher) could see me now!
Encouraged, I contacted
several other pet related magazines and the eventual
reward was writing Dog World Magazine's monthly
newsletter originally written by my partner and friend,
Rory Foster, DVM. More articles and images were
published in several other pet related publications.
Then along came something
everyone called the Internet. I began utilizing my
own websites, such as ThePetCenter.com, for writing
articles and posting images. This led to
employment by PetFoodDirect.com as Director of
Veterinary Services and chief content provider for
ThePetCenter.com, which the company purchased from me
back in 1999.
The power of a single
word, placed within specific context, is staggering.
A single well-chosen word triggers the imagination for
good or ill, awakens people to action, drives
competition and engenders love or hate. Words can
describe the indescribable for us human beings who are
trapped within our humble genetic determiners as we
reach out to understand and explore our neighborhood...
the infinite universe.*