By Janice Jones | Last Updated 2-9-2019
Hello, My name is Janice and I am the voice, publisher, and editor behind the articles written here on Small Dog Place. I am passionate about dogs, especially little ones and my passion has led me to develop this website with you, my reader in mind. Just how did this all begin?
About 8 years ago, I found myself in a position of leaving a home that I had known for 10 plus years and relocating across the country to a small community where I knew noone. At that point, I was faced with the choice of going out to look for a job or staying at home. I chose the latter.
Now, being a stay at home mom to three grown children was not what I wanted to do. After all, how many floors can you scrub and meals to cook in a days' time. I really had little interest in either so I began searching for some meaning in my life. That is where dogs come into play.
You see, before I had gotten involved with all aspects of dog care, I was working about 60 hours a week as a director and owner of a child care facility. I loved what I was doing but needed a change. I had worked with children for at least 30 years of my life as a teacher, counselor, curriculum developer and as a child care center director/owner. I love children but I felt I needed a break.
After settling into my new location, I began dreaming about dogs. At the time I had two cats, 2 Shih Tzu dogs and an English Bulldog, all of which had made the cross country trek with us.
I also began reminiscing about a time in my life when dogs were the raison d'être of my existence, my 20's. At the time I was working as a shelter assistant at the local human society and later in a veterinary hospital as a veterinary technician.
There I ran both the front and back end of the hospital (it was a small one vet operation), assisting in surgery and recovery, running lab tests, X-rays, assisting the vet with office visits and serving as an all round animal nurse --all the duties you normally associate with the job.
I considered the possibility of returning to the profession but decided that I would prefer to pursue a home based business and that is when Small Dog Place was launched.
My ideal home based business included writing and breeding dogs and within a year I made it happened. My other site, Miracle Shih Tzu covers my breeding business.
I knew I couldn't rely totally on my previous experience or education. While working with children, I had amassed a resume filled with two associates degrees, one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Nursing. From there I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Counseling.
While very helpful, I needed more hands on experience and a practical way of obtaining the knowledge and experience needed for what I wanted to do.
My intent was to learn as much as I could about all aspects of dog care including training, grooming, health issues, and breeding. I did that through participating in a variety of diploma and certificate courses.
In about a year, I had obtained a diploma in dog grooming, a certificate in canine nutrition, Certificates in dog breeding, early stimulation and puppy temperament testing as well as the history of dogs and population genetics. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn more. That desire is still present as now I'm completing programs in genetics and dog training.
I may be the main solopreneur, here but my family does pitch in as time permits. Meet the other members of the team
Elizabeth is my daughter and helps with writing, photography and socializing the puppies. She works full time in another field and goes to school part time, majoring in molecular biology.
Aaron is my oldest son who helps with upkeep and kennel maintenance. He also works with the puppies and assists with training. His degree is in theater arts so I sometimes rely on him for video assistance. Oh, did I mention, he's very good at delivering a litter of puppies.
Nick is my younger son who helps with accounting, marketing, and provides general business guidance. His degree is in marketing and he works full time for a high-tech firm in Ohio.
Alan, my husband is a corporate attorney who received his Juris Doctorate more years ago than I can count. He counsels on anything legal, does some editing and most important he lends moral support.
I've had many dogs over the years, including Poodles, Yorkies, Maltese, a Cocker Spaniel Cairn Terrier, and Bulldogs. We've also had a couple of mixed breed dogs, cats and a menagerie of small critters like guinea pigs, chinchillas, and hamsters.
Currently we have Shih Tzu dogs, a very old English Bulldog and two cats. Meet the family.
I've told you about me. Now, it's your turn. I love to hear from my visitors--their experiences with their dogs, what types of dogs they have, problems they may have encountered...well, anything about pets you care to share.
Please contact me and share your story. I would also love to share your dog's photo on the website. It isn't possible to upload a photo in the contact form, but I will respond in an email and you can attach your pictures to your return email.
As I said earlier, I'm passionate about dogs, but I'm even more passionate about helping people. That is the main reason I started this website. What can you expect to learn?
Finding a dog is the first step and there are pages about dealing with breeders, rescue organizations and shelters. We don't sell any dogs on this site and are not a rescue but I can point you in the right direction.
Need a good name for that new puppy or dog? We have 54 pages and counting of clever names from which to choose. We try to make choosing the perfect dog name as easy as possible.
Want some advice on grooming or training? We have that covered too. There is even a mini guide on canine nutrition, dog food, and feeding your dog. I have found that many people are interested in good nutrition for themselves and that often trickles down to their fur baby.
Of course, having a pet is a big responsibility, but having fun with him is just as important. We have pages devoted to just that.
I hope you'll take some time to check out all the resources on this site. If you can't find something, please contact me and I'll point you in the right direction or I'll write a new page.
With so much information on the internet, how do you know what to believe, who to trust and how expert the material is?
I can assure you that every page is well researched not by going to other websites and borrowing their material, but by going to the source, whether it be a scholarly paper, a veterinary textbook or interviewing the expert directly.
All guest posts are also researched and edited by me. You can be sure that Small Dog Place only provides the best information based on science. When there is debate (and there is even among scientists) I try to offer both sides of the story and then let you make an informed decision.
I've taken many online classes, just too numerous to mention here, but here are a few of my certificates.
Thanks for visiting, come back soon.