My older brother was loud, hairy and liked to lick my face.
His name was Boone and he was a Beagle.
I’m not exaggerating when I say he was my brother. I was the oldest human child in my family and Boone was my playmate, my friend, my confidante. Like most siblings, we bickered over things like who got the best spot on the couch but we quickly made up. He taught me how to share (by stealing my Halloween candy) and how to curse (my first complete sentence was, “Boone, damn it!”). And he was the first to break my heart when, at the age of 8, he suddenly passed away.
Since then, I have only been without a pet for four years. While in college, I was too busy having fun studying seriously to be a responsible pet guardian. When I finally got my degree in English and Theater, I promptly freaked out. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life.
For the next few years, with my cat Annabelle by my side, I dabbled in this and that. Along the way I learned about an array of industries including financial services, insurance, hearing aids, direct mail, catalog sales and the arts. I like to refer to this period as the “trying to find myself” years. But really, it was more the “throw stuff on the wall and see what sticks” years.
And here’s what stuck:
I love writing. While I didn’t hold the title of “writer” in my early jobs, I was always somehow tapped to write. It was fun and it came easily to me. However, at the time I thought I couldn’t actually earn a living as a writer. Boy, was I wrong. Over the last 10+ years, I’ve done just that – writing and editing for businesses such as Kristen Levine Pet Living, RobinKBennett.com, My Dog’s Voyce, Hamptons Pet Magazine, Dogster Magazine (print and online), and many more.
I love copywriting. The day I was hired as an official “advertising copywriter” was one of the happiest days of my life. While many writers dream of writing The Great American Novel (cue singing angels), I truly find copywriting exciting. Shaping just the right message is like putting together a puzzle. I get a huge kick out of helping my clients come up with new and exciting ways to get noticed.
I love building relationships. For eight years, I worked in the non-profit sector. From that experience, I learned how vital it is for organizations to connect with their audience in a genuine way. Building a successful business is not just about having a fabulous product. It is about reaching out and creating lasting relationships through words and deeds.
I love animals. Okay, so this wasn’t some big revelation. But through the years, I have come to realize that it’s not enough for me that my own pets have a good life. By volunteering my time and donating money to worthy rescues and other animal-related causes, I hope to help other pets have that same happy ending.
These are the passions that my business, Comma Hound Copywriting, is built upon. I work hard to help pet industry marketers put the pieces together, reach out to their customers, grow relationships and build successful businesses.
At this point, I suppose I should probably post a resume. But here’s the thing — my resume doesn’t give you a true picture of who I am or the kind of person you’ll be working with.
How about this instead?
17 Other (Totally Random) Things About Me
- I grew up in Oklahoma. Sooner born and Sooner bred. Don’t know what a Sooner is? Just ask.
- I now live in Colorado with my husband, two dogs and two cats.
- Oklahoma is great but I’ll probably never move back because of humidity and mosquitoes. I’m allergic to both.
- My husband and I have been together for over 25 years. Which is odd since I’m only 24. No, really. I am.
- I’m obsessive about deadlines and I hate being late. If a trip is going to take 15 minutes, I leave 45 minutes early.
- I am seriously in love with Cap’n Crunch. No lie. I can’t have it in the house. My husband calls it Cap’n Crack.
- I always accidentally wear black when I take my white dog to the vet. I don’t know why. It’s a sickness.
- I swore I would never have a pit bull-type dog. Now I can’t imagine my life without one.
- I write a blog from my dog’s point of view because yes, I am that crazy.
- I come from a long line of teachers. Being a teacher is hard. That’s why I never became one.
- Before he became a teacher, my great-grandfather played for a St. Louis Cardinals farm team.
- I didn’t get the athletic gene. If I run, I bleed internally. Not really. But that’s what it feels like.
- I am legally blind in my right eye and can’t see movies in 3D. Note to Hollywood: Would you just STOP making movies in 3D already?
- I wrote my first (and only) novel in 5th grade. It was called “Destiny: Saturn.” It would’ve made a great 3D movie.
- I am very, very, very, very (to infinity) distantly related to Dolly Parton.
- I think Dolly’s version of “I Will Always Love You” is the bomb. And not just because we’re related.
- I love my job. Seriously. A lot. Almost as much as I love Cap’n Crunch.
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