Lisa Desatnik, Training Columnist

Lisa Desatnik, CPDT-KA, CPBC, is a certified dog trainer through the internationally recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; and, is a certified Fear Free Dog Training Professional. She is also a certified parrot behavior consultant. An animal lover her entire life, she began studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as it relates to helping pets and their people succeed over 17 years ago; and continually takes courses from leading positive trainers and behaviorists.

Lisa offers individualized coaching on dog and puppy training, as well as one-on-one training for pets, using and teaching the most positive strategies for dog manners behaviors as well as solving and preventing pet problem behaviors. For families with children, she applies lessons from her My Dog’s Super Hero curriculum to teach how dogs communicate, and how to be a safe and positive dog teacher and friend. Additionally, she shares her knowledge through her columns in CincyPet Magazine, Living Magazines, and speaking engagements. Learn more about her, and contact her, at www.SoMuchPETential.com.

See all of Lisa’s articles here.


Melinda Kirk Stenger, Lifestyle Columnist

Melinda Kirk Stenger is CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC & creator of the award-winning PetCakes & YumYum Bones, healthy cake and ice cream for dogs and cats.  Melinda has been cooking for over 20 years for her fur babies and sells thousands of dog & cat birthday kits a month on Amazon.com and Chewy.com. She wants to share her experience with you, as well as her enthusiasm for being a pet parent. She is the author of the culinary canine cookbook, Brunch & Bitches.

When she’s not cooking for canines or planning over the top pet parties, you can find her volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. She and her husband create fun activities for the kids that benefit the therapy dogs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

See all of Melinda’s articles here.


Shae Pepper, Travel Columnist

Full-time dog mom and traveler, Shae Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with her husband, Stephen Pepper and their dog, Truffles. You can follow their adventures on their website, No Home Just Roam. Besides exploring the states by day, Shae writes children’s stories, teaches online and practices her pet and travel photography. She is the curator for Truffles Instagram and Facebook pages although Truffles really runs the show. Cincy holds a special place in her heart. She visits Cincinnati almost yearly to see her friends who live locally with their dogs AND to get her Skyline Chili and Graeter’s Ice Cream fixes.

See all of Shae’s articles here.


Melissa Reinert, Writer

Melissa Reinert has 14 years in community journalism. She’s a former reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer and currently works as communications coordinator for Lord’s Gym Ministries. She resides in Bethel, Ohio with her much-loved four-pawed kids – Ricky the Pug; Puff the cat, Cuddle Bum the guinea pig, and Bo Peep the Beagle-mix. Then there’s her two-legged family members –  a handsome husband and two gorgeous sons. has 14 years in community journalism. She’s a former reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer and currently works as communications coordinator for Lord’s Gym Ministries. She resides in Bethel, Ohio with her much-loved four-pawed kids – Ricky the Pug; Puff the cat, Cuddle Bum the guinea pig, and Bo Peep the Beagle-mix. Then there’s her two-legged family members –  a handsome husband and two gorgeous son

See all of Melissa’s articles here.


Emily Hall, KittyCatGo Blogger

Emily Hall is a pet blogger who writes about all things related to adventure and travel with cats. She also raises awareness for and educates about cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological disorder one of her adventure cats, Sophie, lives with. You can read her articles on cat adventure training, gear, safety, and more on her site KittyCatGO. You can also read about her and her cat’s adventures on Kitty Cat Chronicles.  

See all of Emily’s articles here.


Tawney Beans, Writer

Tawney Beans is a journalism student at the University of Cincinnati. She has interned at the UC College of Arts & Sciences Marketing and Communications department and the Akron Beacon Journal. She now works as the trending reporter at The News Record, UC’s campus newspaper. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing with her dog niece, a Labrador mix named Cash.

See all of Tawney’s articles here.


Carly Schutte, The City Ferret Blogger

Carly Schutte is a professional nanny and the creator of The City Ferret, a blog focused on providing accurate care and training tips for ferret owners. She is also an avid equestrian and competes her thoroughbred, Ruh, in endurance rides throughout the region.

See all of Carly’s articles here.


Emily Begley-Eilers, Writer

Emily Begley-Eilers manages EarthWise Pet/Harpers Point and previously worked as Associate Editor of Cincinnati CityBeat. She is the pet mom of two rescue dogs, rescue cat, sun conure parrot, and two skinny (hairless) guinea pigs.

See all of Emily’s articles here.


Sarah Laubacher, Writer and Photographer

Sarah Laubacher is a pet-loving photographer and writer based in Cincinnati. During a break from journalism, she started her photography career covering live music in New York City a decade ago before re-settling in Cincy to focus on portraits of people and pets. She has photographed hundreds of dogs and cats for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, and spends her spare time taking DANCEFIX classes and hanging with her boyfriend and his sweet, short-legged Spanador, Dahlia

See all of Sarah’s articles here.


Maureen Hollmeyer, Contributor

Maureen Hollmeyer is a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner located in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to her Healing Touch work, she provides spiritual counseling, and sells her Angel jewelry at Native Moon Apothecary. Maureen is also a published author and Licensed Social Worker experienced in working with abused and neglected children. Her website is: www.transitional-guidance.com.

See all of Maureen’s articles here.


Lisa Taub, Travel Contributor

Lisa Taub is a full-service travel advisor and owner of True Direction Travel in Montgomery, OH. She specializes in custom vacation itineraries for her clients – and sometimes their pets too. Whether you are planning a US road-trip, a tour of European capital cities, or a relaxing holiday to a Caribbean resort, Lisa will design a tailor-made vacation especially for you and your family. Find more information on her website, www.truedirectiontravel.com and on Facebook @truedirectiontravel.

See all of Lisa’s articles here.

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