Michelle Schenker

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. She is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. Since the day she was born, she has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home is no exception where she and her husband live with Bella and Lily, their two adorable rescue pups. In addition to her love for snuggling with dogs, she also has enjoyed working professionally in the canine field since 1999 when she started her first dog-related job at a dog bakery.

Thoughts on LabraDoodles and GoldenDoodles?

LabraDoodle's and GoldenDoodle's are some of the cutest dogs I've ever seen. The fact that they don't shed and great for people with allergies are also big plusses in my mind. However, I can't get over the fact that there are some serious moral and ethical hurdles to get over. These are not natural breeds and essentially muts. Yet breeders are selling them for thousands of dollars. Also, it is very unethical to me to breed a large 80+ pound Lab or Golden Retriever with a miniature Poodle in order to get a miniature LabraDoodle.

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Celebrating Our 10th Birthday

Celebrating 10 Years of Content for Canine Journal

In 2007, I created a business to make custom dog collars and leashes for internet shoppers. As we celebrate ten years online, I could not be more proud of how Canine Journal has transformed and grown into this wonderful web community! And it is in no small part thanks to each and every one of you. Together we have made Canine Journal the premier resource for all things dog and have helped pet parents make better decisions that enhance the lives of their pets. To celebrate a decade of dog-related content, we asked our fans to submit photos of their dog to be featured on our site. The dog with the most votes wins a customized prize pack including a Tote Tails bag, a personalized pillow from LifeGoesPOP and an ASPCA gift pack…

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Top Dog Interview: Blind Hiker Trevor Thomas’ Dog Tennille

Blind Hiker Trevor Thomas' Dog Tennille

As if that list isn’t impressive enough, she is also a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador for SPOT, Ruffwear, Marmot, Big Agnes, and In Clover. She has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, NBC Nightly News, numerous local and regional television spots, will be featured on The Secret Lives of Dogs in January 2017, and is a feature in Service Tales Book by Ace Collins. Tennille is currently in active service and resides in Charlotte, NC with her partner, Trevor Thomas…

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Fifty the Two-Legged Pit Bull Dog

Fifty the Two-Legged Pitbull Dog

In September 2007, Fifty fell victim to Pit Bull breed discrimination and was shot with a gun by a police officer in both of his right limbs. This led to a double amputation and survived with two strong legs. He was put in a shelter and was adopted 9 months later by his current mom. Fifty now lives happily in his forever home in Chicago, Illinois where he is an ambassador for pit bulls and dogs everywhere to make sure they are treated with respect and dignity. Let’s learn from our mistakes and stop history from repeating itself. His smile and spirit is likely to help you understand why you should never, ever judge a book from its cover. Now, let’s get to know Fifty the two-legged Pitbull in this exclusive interview…

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Guide to Miniature Dog Breeds

Guide to Miniature Dog Breeds

Miniature dogs meet many unique family needs. Whether living in an apartment or looking for a dog that isn’t too large to knock down young children, miniature dog breeds are often a better choice for some families. Below we will take a look at some of the more popular miniature dog breeds including: the Chihuahua, the miniature pinscher, the Italian greyhound and the cavalier King Charles spaniel…

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Interview with Petplan Pet Insurance Co-Founder Natasha Ashton

Petplan Interview with the Founders

We recently had the good fortune to sit down and learn more about Petplan in this exclusive interview with Natasha Ashton, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder. The company is based in the Philadelphia area but the founders came from the U.K., where pet insurance is a much more prominent part of pet parenting than here in the U.S. These petrepreneurs think it is time for that to change…

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