The Dog Lady-Beth Philley

The Dog Lady
Beth "The Dog Lady"

Blog editor Beth Philley, CEO of, has worked as a freelance researcher, writer, editor, desktop publisher, and coach since opening her business in August, 2005. She also works full-time for a major Midwestern US electric utility company.

Beth has an MA in Management from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio and a BS in Life Sciences from Kent State University. Beth has helped to raise more than 30 foster children over the past ten years, adopting three of them. She also lives with four dogs and two cats. In her “spare” time, she is founding a non-profit agency to assist homeless youth in the transition from their teens to responsible adulthood.

Her love of dogs and passion to educate and share solutions with those in need brought her to as head writer of our Doggies Blog and Dog Den Article Library.

Thinking of bringing a dog into your home? Order Beth's book, "101 Things You Should Know before Getting a Dog". This book is a realistic guide to all of the things you should consider before bringing a dog into your home. It covers everything from preparations to puppyhood to playtime to end-of-life issues. The last chapter includes some famous quotations about dogs to make you smile...and think.

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I have a siberian husky. I would like to see a picture of his parents. Where do i get started in finding pictures of them
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On the Bonnie Hunt she spoke of foods toxic to dogs but I can't find the list she referred to. There are others that are looking for the same list. Is there a possibility that you know of the list of toxic foods to dogs?
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Hi Beth, I’ve read your site ( and think that you’d be a great fit to test and/or giveaway Eureka’s latest vacuum – the Pet Pal. The majority of pet owners can agree – pet hair is a big problem. The Pet Pal vacuum has the solution – among several other pet-focused features it has the new Hair Raiser for Pets which removes pet hair (even what is embedded in the furniture or rug!), picks it up once placed in the holster, is whisked away into the vacuum (no hands!). I’d be happy to show you more about Pet Pal (available only at Walmart for $82.88). Please let me know if you are interested in a test-run and/or giveaway. We’d love to work with you! Best, Alison For Eureka 312-565-4632
Nicole Pettinelli
Hi, I wanted to let you know about a movie that is opening the Artivist Film Festival in NYC on Dec 9th-12th.. The dogs finally have a voice! “Madonna of the Mills” is a documentary about Laura, an office manager from Staten Island, who stumbled on this secret four years ago and vowed to save as many of these breeding dogs as she possibly could. Laura has now rescued over 2,000 dogs from Amish and Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania. In the process, she has forever changed her life and the lives of those families fortunate enough to adopt one of these remarkable “puppy mill” survivors. Here is the trailer: Life with Dogs posted the trailer on Nov 2nd Please post in your blog so that we can save as many lives as possible..
Personally, I don't think you can teach your dogs the difference bweteen baby and dog toys because to him, toys are toys and they look the same. I would just keep the baby toys in one area and the dog toys in another. It may settle a little confusion. Sooner or later the dog will catch on: my toys are over here and the baby is over there playing with hers . Any time you see him trying to play with the baby's toys, correct him. Hope i helped atleast a little. Also, you may want to let the dog/baby play at the same time but in different areas. This way the dog won't take the baby's toys and vise versa.
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