For today’s Pet Hooligan’s interview please welcome Jana from Dawg Business.
Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country?
My name is Jana Rade and I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Please tell us about your pet website and how it came about?
As a graphic designer by profession I never aspired to learning about dog health issues until I met Jasmine. Unfortunately, I have received a crash course on the subject due to Jasmine’s many health problems. More importantly, some of her early issues never got diagnosed in spite of our more than frequent vet visits. I believe that a lot that happened in the last two years wouldn’t have had to were the initial issues diagnosed. That is all very disturbing to me and I started my blog in an attempt to prevent this from happening to other owners with their dogs. I came to realize that owner education is the key to healthy dogs. At the end, our dog’s health is in our hands. We are the ones that do or do not see early symptoms and do or do not pay attention to them. We are the ones that choose our vet and do or do not look for a second opinion when we feel that our vet might be missing something. We are the ones who ultimately have the power to choose the treatment. We are the ones who do or do not follow through with the treatment or prevention. The ability to make the right decisions is rooted in our knowledge.
Have you always loved animals and pets?
I always liked animals and pets, not necessarily in my own house … 🙂 That has all changed with the arrival of a little Rottweiler puppy who we named Jasmine. She changed my life completely.
Please tell us a little about any pets that currently live with you and if they ever get into any mischief?
We have two dogs, Jasmine, and J.D. aka Jasmine’s Dog (because that’s what he is, we got him for her). Jasmine is too smart to get into mischief, she is also too smart for our own good too, though! J.D. does get into mischief, he is quite an air-head–he’s a male! 😉
What first interested you in setting your pet related website up?
I felt that if my blog can save one dog from suffering the way Jasmine did, her pain wouldn’t have been in vain.
How long now has the site been established?
The blog is actually quite young, I started at the end of December 2009.
How do you find your inspiration and the content that you blog about?
First I started writing about our experiences and the things Jasmine had gone through. But there is so much more to address, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of content! I publish stories of the health struggles people had with their dogs and explanation of respective conditions.
Tell us a little about your typical day and what is involved in running the website?
Well, I still have to put bread the table, we are still quite in debt from the recent vet bills. So I do have to devote good part of the day to work. The rest of the time I spend writing, reading other blogs and dog health articles, researching for mine, connecting with people on twitter and facebook. Of course the most important part of every day are dog walks!
Do you have any plans for the future in terms of expanding the website or featuring any other areas?
I don’t know if my website needs expanding, but I do plan on writing e-books. I do not plan to venture into other areas, there is so much to be covered I won’t run out of things to write about.
Finally, if people want to learn more about you and your website do you have a Facebook page or Twitter profile where they can learn more?
Yes, I am on twitter @DawgBlogger http://twitter.com/DawgBlogger; facebook http://www.facebook.com/DawgBlogger; and I also run a Dog Health Issues group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=132431313454015&ref=mf