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Lisa Marie Conklin

Lisa Marie Conklin


Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and home improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, Family Handyman and Taste of Home, among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer and walking coach for a local senior center.


9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Keep an Owl as a Pet

Caring for an owl comes with a host of responsibilities that are way more intense than keeping a dog, cat, or parakeet. Here's why you shouldn't do it.

This Is How Much It Really Costs to Own a Dog

Vet bills, shelters, grooming, pet sitters, and more can take a huge bite out of your wallet. Here's the lowdown on what it really costs—and tangible ways to save a little kibble.

How to Calm an Anxious Dog (Without Medication)

Like people, dogs experience anxiety from time to time. Sometimes it's easy to recognize the anxiety trigger—like a visit to the vet. Other times, you have no clue and you just want to help him cope. Here are some tips from pet experts you can start using today.