Jen Reeder is an award-winning freelance journalist who specializes in pet and lifestyle features. Her rescued Lab mix, Rio, provides plenty of story ideas. She has written about pets for a variety of publications, including Family Circle, Modern Dog, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, Tails Pet Magazine, Family Dog and the Huffington Post, and for nonprofits like the American Animal Hospital Association and the Sierra Club. Jen is proud to be President of the Dog Writers Association of America and is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Colorado Press Association, and the Colorado Authors' League. Though Jen is a nomad at heart, living everywhere from Seattle to Australia, she currently resides in Durango, Colorado.
Articles by Jen Reeder
Conservation Canines is a program of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology. Their talented team of handlers train rescue dogs to help researchers collect information about threatened and endangered species. By fostering a culture of learning and mutual trust, the keen canine nose is working in service to science. Learn more about this amazing group through the story of two incredible rescue dogs, Sampson and Chester.Read More
From doggie dates to puppy preschool, follow Dog Blog writer Jen Reeder as she spends a week volunteering with devoted dog lovers at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah — the largest no-kill animal refuge in America.Read More
Professional pet photographer Lori Fusaro shares tips for taking awesome photos of your four-legged friends. She also shares heart-warming pictures of rescued senior pups from the book, "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts," which features inspiring stories of second-chance dogs like German shepherd Cody, who became a misunderstood shelter dog after he retired from police work.Read More
The Great American Pastime has gone to the dogs! More and more baseball stadiums are hosting a special day when fans can bring their dogs with them to a game – and that includes Major League Baseball teams.Read More
I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a dog mom. My Lab mix, Rio, brings so much joy and laughter and fun to my life – I love him like crazy! It’s something that’s impossible to explain to people who have never had a dog. Maybe that’s why many of my favorite people are dog moms – we share a special bond with our pups, and know loving our dogs enriches our lives in countless ways. There was even a study that showed gazing into a dog’s eyes produces the maternal bonding/happiness hormone oxytocin. So science agrees: life is better with dogs. That’s worth celebrating!Read More
“I wish I worked more,” said no one on their deathbed ever. Yet finding a healthy work-life balance is a challenge, especially in this Digital Age when we are connected to our devices 24/7, on-call for our jobs, checking messages afterhours, on weekends and even on vacations. Working too much can lead to stress, burnout and health issues, but it can be hard to find time for things that we enjoy and that help us recharge our batteries. Luckily, there are lots of ways to find work-life balance through our dogs — just one more reason why they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.Read More