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CONTRIBUTORS 9. Photo by Adam N. Goldsmith 10. 11. Photo by Lindsey McDaniel 12.

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She never wanted children and never wanted to open her own veterinary practice. Today, Dr. Jenn Goetz has a five-year-old child, Celeste, and is the owner of Animal Hospital at Brier Creek. Her life is just one exciting moment after another and she has never been so happy.


Scott Goldsmith is a retired attorney and certified travel agent who lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Robyn, and their dogs, Ragtime and Farfel. Ragtime is a six-year-old Pumi who must herd everyone that comes within range and bark at anything that moves. Farfel is a playful two-year-old Portuguese Water Dog. A natural comedian, Farfel always wants to be the center of attention. Scott has raised an assortment of dogs and other pets throughout his life. His interests include traveling, cooking, and writing about his


10. SHELLY HARRIS Shelly Harris is the founder of The Lance Memorial – Canines for the Cure fundraiser for canine cancer research, which has raised $50,000 for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. She lost Lance, her heart and soul dog, to lymphoma in 2006. She is incredibly grateful for the time she shared with Lance and all that he taught her about love and patience. She now shares her life with two rescue Border Collies, Mustang Sally and Simon, who are busy teaching her new things.


Dr. Brian Lapham received his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1999. His true passion lies in preventative care—preventing disease before it can manifest itself as cancer, osteoarthritis, epilepsy, or the like.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Lapham is often occupied with his family, woodworking, home improvements (which never seem to end!) and running. Included in the mix are his menagerie of pets, currently including two cats, Pia and Kitten, and Elizabeth the guinea pig. Dr. Lapham’s daughter is still vying for a puppy— coming soon!


Dr. Erin O’Leary has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2004. She is originally from Arlington, VA and, after working in Virginia, Southern California

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and North Carolina, chose the Raleigh area to settle and start her mobile laser therapy business. HEAL brings laser therapy to your home which allows even more pets to benefit from this treatment. This includes pets that have a hard time making it into the hospital, owners who have a difficult time coming in as often as necessary for treatment and pets who feel the same way as most humans do about visiting their own doctors!

Dr. O’Leary has absolutely no hobbies other than trying to come up with excuses as to why her 10-year-old dog is still so badly behaved. Her free time is taken up learning anything and everything she can about pain control in companion animals, watching movies with friends and hanging out with her basset, Trooper.


Clare Reece-Glore is owner of YAY dog!, a Durham company which provides in-home coaching services for people and their dogs, as well as dog care seminars. Clare holds an M.S. in adult education, and has worked in a veterinary clinic and volunteered with animal rescue organizations for many years. A lifelong equestrian, she is bringing her knowledge of natural horsemanship techniques to her work with dogs. YAY dog!'s spokesdog, Andy, came from the Animal Protection Society of Durham.


Mariana Rivera Rodríguez is a freelance writer with a B.A. in English and communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She enjoys writing, reading, and hiking the Eno River and Jordan Lake trails. She has been living in Durham since 2008 with her boyfriend and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Ofélia.


Barbara Shumannfang, PhD, CPDT has been teaching Triangle dogs to be well behaved since 1999 at Top Notch Dog, LLC. Veterinarians and rescue groups recommend her for her effective, gentle approach, which is designed for her clients’ busy lives and for every stage of their dog’s life. Barbara is the author of "Happy Kids, Happy Dogs": Building a Friendship Right from the Start, and is a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator. Visit her and the Top Notch Dog Blog at

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