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

How to Outsmart Your Pet

Let’s start with a definition: OUTSMART -verb (used with object) 1. to get the better of (someone); outwit. – From Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary © Random House, Inc. 2010. I’m not a fan of playing games, but when it comes to my dog’s health, sometimes I have to resort to a trick or two of my own. […]

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Tune in to the National Dog Show

Hi everyone Just a quick reminder to tune into The National Dog Show on TV! Happy Thanksgiving! Are you bringing your pet along to your holiday celebration? Monkey was groomed for the occasion, though as you can see from this photo, he’s none too pleased about it. (note pronounced lip)

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My Favorite Pet Gifts Under $25

First, I should tell you that I had some canine assistance for this post–my own dog Monkey (who was secretly hoping to score some swag from the endeavor) tagged along and played the role of Chief Sniffer. It was not a hard sell: Second, let me say that I am amazed at how many pet toys could stand to benefit […]

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Halloween Costumes for Pets?

There, I’ve asked the question, and all my friends with no pets can wonder where my head is and all my friends with pets can clamor for more information. But first, a picture, of Mr. Finn in his Halloween costume. Isn’t he fabulous? I think even skeptics would agree. Photograph by Kent Hardouin In my family alone, this topic has […]

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Are You Considering Pet Adoption?

October is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)'s Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. I asked Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA Adoptions Center, to list her top considerations for making your best match. Choosing Your Pet 1) Good Behavior Counts Gail's Take: Don't judge a book by its cover.  All too often, decisions are made solely […]

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Pet Names: From Fido and Fluffy to Molly and Chloe

My cousin called the other day with big news–she and her husband had chosen a name for their soon-to-be-born baby girl! Let’s hope the name matches the baby’s personality.  As we all know, you can do your homework, research baby names and name trends or go on a hunt for the perfect name for your pet, only to find your plans foiled […]

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Can You Read Your Pet’s Mind?

More often than I’d like to admit, I’d answer affirmatively to this question, no matter how foolish that might be. But the other night, my answer would have been an emphatic “no.”  I could not for the life of me figure out if my dog wanted to go outside for a walk, play indoors, or have something more to eat. […]

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What My Dog Taught Me This Summer

The weather in Eastern Long Island was as gorgeous this summer as it was dreadful last year.  Walking or running with the dog on the beach, I felt far away from the siren-filled, humidity-ridden, horn-honking city.  I had a chance to relax and reflect.  But enough about me. If my dog could talk, here’s what I imagine he would have […]

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When Nothing is Too Over-the-Top for Your Pet

Greetings, fellow pet-lovers. Before we get into serious debate about what pets do and do not understand or how to pick the best pet insurance or when to let go and make the tough decisions, I figured a bit of lighthearted confession was in order.

Nothing is too good for our pet. No piece of furniture (ok, well maybe the antique desk in my parents’ home), no choice morsel of food (all it takes is one imploring look for me to set a piece aside on my plate), no mode of transportation (the car’s seen better days but that’s what vacuums are for).

What have my husband and I done that could be considered over-the-top behavior?

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This Dog Mom Welcomes You to the Pets Blog

Hi, I’m Jennifer Mirsky, former Managing Editor of RealSimple.com, then interim discussion leader of the No-Obligation Book Club, and now pets blogger for the site. Did you see how people answered our poll asking if they had a pet?  Predictably, many have dogs or cats or a combination thereof. But there are more esoteric pet owners amongst us–some have ferrets and […]

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