Doggone Orlando

News, views and reviews for Orlando pet parents from the mom of a menagerie of cats, dogs, birds, horses, fish, and guinea pigs who stays just one step ahead of the "Animal Hoarders" TV crew

Orlando has gone to the dogs (and cats and guinea pigs etc. etc.)

Welcome to Doggone Orlando, a new blog for pet parents in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. It’s brought to you jointly by myself and my menagerie of pets. Although dogs are featured in the title, Doggone Orlando will actually cover just about any critter you might share your home with. Personally, I have the following mini zoo, which causes me to constantly be on the alert for the Animal Planet “Animal Hoarders” team:


Bolt, a two year old Chiweenie, adopted from a county animal shelter.


Stitch, a spoiled old kitty and another shelter adoption.


Farquaad, rescued from underneath a dumpster as a kitten.


SheiKra, rescued from I-4 after someone tossed him out of a moving car


Mewsette, another county shelter adoptee


Quinn (bottom), adopted from Petco (yes, some stores do adoptions as well as sales) and Amy, adopted from Craigslist


Truman the Quaker parrot


Klaus the betta


Cartman the betta


And last but not least, my Appaloosa horse, Figment

I’ve been writing about animals since the 1980s, and my work has appeared in such magazines as Horse Illustrated, Bird Talk, and Animal Wellness. I’m also the Pet Supplies & Product Reviews Expert for

What can you expect in Doggone Orlando? I’ll cover a wide variety of pet-related topics, from dog parks to boarding facilities to flea control to useful products for Florida pets to animal adoptions to just about anything else you can think of that might be of interest to pet owners. I always welcome comments and suggestions from my readers, so please use the Comments section to touch base with me.

Stay tuned for future posts that will help you and your dog and other pets enjoy life in and around Orlando.

Enjoy the theme parks and other Orlando-area attractions? Get a local’s perspective (and secrets) in my other HypeOrlando blog, In the Shadow of the Mouse.