Jennifer Mirsky
Jennifer Mirsky's career spans print, television and digital media, including the sites of Hearst, Meredith, and Time Inc, where Jennifer served as Managing Editor of RealSimple.com. Jennifer delivers digital media strategy for leading brands such as Sothebys.com and BobVila.com, and authors RealSimple.com’s pets blog.

Her passion for pets is clear to all who know her — what's less clear is how on earth this came to be given her family's early experiences with the animal kingdom. Highlights: The gerbils had 30 babies, another escaped and ran through the radiator units of a city skyscraper (think Eloise), various goldfish came and went, and the cat tore up the furniture, with his claws and then teeth. Somehow, after all this pandemonium, she became enamored with dogs, one in particular.

Jennifer lives in New York with her Portuguese water dog. She is a photographer and ghost author of said dog's tongue-in-cheek blog.

Recent Posts By Jennifer Mirsky

Could Your Dog Be an Olympic Athlete?

OK, so it’s not quite the same. The dogs don’t have to wait four years for their next turn at glory. There’s no lighting of an Olympic torch and carrying it thousands of miles. There aren’t a billion people watching. But across our great nation, Border Collies are racing through obstacle courses, Scotties are charging down Seesaws, and mixed breeds […]

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Getting Your Pet a Pet? Here’s How…

I’ll never forget the woman who made me feel better about my over-the-top behavior with my pet. “Are you kidding?” she had responded. “I got my pet a pet! What’s crazier than that?” Jokes aside, introducing a second dog or cat into your home can be a wonderful thing to do, though one should strategize for optimal results. Jealousy can […]

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A Cat with a Curfew? Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats

Meet Jack. He is a bit of a legend in his neck of the woods. In fact, he’s mayor of his block, and I’m not talking about Foursquare. Jack has a curfew. “A cat with a curfew?” you might ask, incredulously. I know I did, when I had the privilege of making his esteemed acquaintance. But yes, Jack is allowed […]

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Could Your Dog Be a Movie Star?

It’s almost time for the Oscars, and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if Uggie (of The Artist fame) will be appearing or — better yet — performing a trick or two at the ceremony.* Apparently, he hasn’t been invited yet, which is an outrage if you ask me! The Jack Russell terrier with a certain je ne sais […]

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Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love

There is love at first sight — or smell or sound as it were. And then “ooh-ooh-ooh, what a little moonlight can do“…”Ooh-ooh-ooh, what a little moonlight can do to you…” as the tune goes. Turns out that human beings aren’t the only ones who try to put their best foot forward when looking for a mate. In the animal […]

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Can Your Pets Have Too Much Fun?

Chances are, at some point, you’ve experienced pangs of guilt when it comes to your pets. Either you’re gone for too much of the day or you don’t play enough games with your pets or you travel to places where your pets can’t come along. Such is the modern world we live in. Many of us commute to offices where […]

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Why Birds Make Good Pets

Cats and dogs steal the spotlight most of the time, but Petfinder.com is branching out in January with Adopt-a-Rescued-Bird Month, a campaign originally conceived with the ASPCA. Appropriately, my interview with Petfinder.com co-founder Betsy Banks Saul needed to be rescheduled as Saul scrambled to deal with an unexpected chicken rescue nearby. Let me tell you, those are two words I […]

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The Top Names for Pets in 2011

As my friend would say, the cats have the headline this time. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI) and Petfinder.com, a roundup of the most popular pet names in 2011 marked a real cat fight versus the same old routine for the dogs. Petfinder.com reports that, of its 300,000+ adoptable pets, the top five dog names remained the same in 2011 (“Buddy,” […]

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Last-Minute Pet-Themed E-Cards

Let’s face it. It takes a juggler to take care of our families, keep up with our busy lives, and send out our holiday cards ahead of or on time. Right? If, like me, your anxiety has been building with every mailbox incursion of another holiday greeting card, you can breathe a sigh of relief. E-cards are your friend, and […]

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Stranger Than Fiction: Pet Training Requests

File this under the header “Strange but True.” I asked dog trainer and Animal Planet pet expert Andrea Arden about the most bizarre training requests that have crossed her desk. Top of mind concerned a Betta fish. This is a fighting fish. A potential client wanted Andrea to train her fish — alone, in its fish bowl — because “she […]

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