Christy Caplan

    As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I use my knowledge to inform stories on health and wellness topics. Readers can expect product reviews, updates on my senior dog, and how living with a reactive dog changed my life. I’m honored to be a member of the Dog Writers Association of America. I live with three hounds in the Pacific Northwest – two Doxies and a Beagle/Basset Hound mix. There is never a dull moment living with three hounds!

    Mateja Lane

    Mateja is the managing editor for Wide Open Pets. She has a Bluetick Coonhound who takes up most of her time and a Calico cat who is a diva and would eat can food all day, if she were allowed.

Senior Writers

    Paige Cerulli

    Paige Cerulli can't remember a day when animals weren't in her life. Infatuated with horses since she was a child, she's been riding for almost twenty years and owns an ex-racehorse. She is also a certified equine massage therapist and has an avid interest in equine health and care. Additionally, Paige has worked as a small animal veterinary receptionist, and has shared her life with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and the occasional fish. Today Paige has two rescue cats, Dylan and Cara, who favor dog toys over cat toys and ensure that there's never a dull moment in her house. Paige works as a freelance writer and loves to cover animal-related topics.

    Amber King

    Amber King shared her childhood home in rural Pennsylvania with an unruly herd of chickens, turkeys, cockatiels, dogs, and more cats than she could count. Today, her home in Honolulu, Hawaii is run by a rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback named Copper that is always on the move. Rescuing Copper inspired Amber to use her B.A. in professional writing to write about topics that truly matter to her. Whether they’re big, small, furry, or feathery, Amber loves all animals and uses her writing to share ideas, stories, and knowledge about animal-related topics. She writes for various pet-related websites and magazines, and her blog, Hello, Hawaii, is a never-ending story of all the adventures that she shares with Copper. She will eventually return to her rural roots and fill a farm with as many furry friends as her husband will allow, but for now, she’s enjoying life in Hawaii with Copper working as a freelance writer and writing for Wide Open Pets. Contact her by emailing [email protected]

    Stacey Venzel

    Stacey Venzel is a published author, poet, screenwriter, playwright, and biology writer and researcher. She is the author of "Today's Dinosaurs: A Complete Guide to Turtles, Terrapins, and Tortoises" and a contributing author to the "Who We Are" anthology series. Stacey holds a B.A. in Zoology and enjoys world culture, travel, and the outdoors. She is an established independent film and improvised theatre actress currently based in Seattle, WA.


    Allie Layos

    Allie Layos is a lifelong animal lover. She grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania with a wide variety of pets that included dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds, goats, ponies, poultry, and one pot-bellied pig. She is also a competitive equestrian, and has competed across the country aboard both Morgan and American Saddlebred horses. A published author since age 14, she loves writing, and nothing makes her happier than writing about her beloved animals. Today she is editor-at-large at the international equestrian publication Saddle & Bridle Magazine, and has freelanced for a number of other animal-related publications as well.

    Kira DeMund

    Hi there! Kira is a writer who loves to cover a wide range of topics, from current event news to items you need in your kitchen. She is a native-born Floridian who loves the beach and can't wait to call the coastline her home. She has two sweet cats that keep her on her toes when she's not busy spoiling them.

    Rachel Pasche

    Rachel is originally from northern Michigan but moved out west in search of mountains and warmer weather. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a degree in Publishing from the University of Denver. Since she has recently moved out west and as of yet has no friends, most of her free time is dedicated to hiking with her two dogs (Lilo and Maui) and reading fantasy novels.

    Brandon Rich

    Brandon Rich is a writer who loves cooking food, digging in the garden, watching movies, or reading a good book. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Brandon is now a digital nomad traveling throughout the US.