About

Mary HaightMary Haight has been involved in animal welfare for over 15 years, working with horses, dogs, and cats, and serves on two boards in Chicago. She is a non-profit and social media marketing consultant, specializing in planning and implementing content strategy & creation for businesses in the pet industry.

Mary Haight has married connections made in the pet sector in her 15+ years in animal welfare with social media marketing skills to improve the state of animal welfare. Dancing Dog Blog works to help pet parents keep their pets healthy, happy, and safe. Mary also leverages public opinion and leads community efforts to shape change. Spearheading a social media campaign to raise awareness on puppy mills and pet shops, she engaged over 155,000 people in a common cause! Sent to Peru to report on Amazon CARES International Veterinarian Volunteer Program, Mary shines a light on issues global and local, all in dog’s name.

She owns and authors Dancing Dog Blog, a popular blog for people who love their dogs, and also founded Animal Café, a news/media blog showcasing some fascinating topics offered by journalists, veterinarians, authors, dog behaviorists, trainers, pet products and others.

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Dancing Dog Blog was built to get important information about animals to the public. Safety, health, animal welfare and the human-animal bond are the four pillars of this blog.

When it comes to pet news, Dancing Dog Blog wraps it around the important background information the general public likely never heard. Context changes conclusions. News is put in a context that helps pet lovers understand the bigger picture.

“It has been said Dancing Dog Blog speaks truth to power. I work to live up to that compliment.”

Haight also founded Animal Cafe, a podcast interview site where experts in dog training, pet health, pet travel, animal welfare, sometimes in wildlife, gather bringing fascinating well-informed guests to the microphone.

email her at: dancingdogblog@yahoo.com

A Note to Bloggers:

Blogging is fun and also requires work.  I like promoting others in this field, pointing out people who’ve got something to say, have some passion, and an interesting writing style. It’s not always the way out there. That’s the hard part–getting our blogs seen among the millions available.  That said, there’s a registration directory for women bloggers, Blogsbywomen, and of course Blog Catalog.  A newer and growing site in the blogging community is Petsblogs.com.

All the positions taken are the writers alone, and do not extend to any other agency or association.

Guest Bloggers and Sponsored Post Policy

Writers with original content who understand the pet sector and SEO are welcome to send a query email and include links to work published elsewhere.  If you have not been published elsewhere, no response will be made.

I accept sponsored guest posts from businesses I would be happy to buy products from and that fit the profile of Dancing Dog Blog — read below for more.

Sponsored Posts and FTC Disclaimer

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact  Mary Haight, dancingdogblog at yahoo.com. The opinions in my posts are my own.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This blog does not accept cash payment to influence opinions on products, services, websites and topics in any blog posts and does not allow previewing of reviews. The only reviews I write since the beginning of 2013 are reviews that pay for time, unless it’s a book review for a friend. Given the costs associated with blogging and the years put into blog development, it should surprise no one.

Compensation received will never influence the content, topics, or posts published on this blog. Advertising is in the form of posts and banner ads. Also sponsored posts will be identified as such at the top and bottom of each compensated post.

The owner of this blog is sometimes compensated directly or indirectly to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. (If paid in cash or in-kind to write about something, it will be mentioned) Even though the owner of this blog may receive compensation for posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinion, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

 

 

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6 comments
Deborah FLick
Deborah FLick

Mary Do you know, does the Kong Wobbler contain PBA?

Jorge Guzman
Jorge Guzman

Mary and Craig, the posts are great, Congrats, you guys run a great pet blog! I couldn't find any email address to contact either of you personally though. Not sure if there's a reason for this, but if there's an addr you would like to share, let me know at jorgeg at mit.edu. Thansk

E. W. Parks
E. W. Parks

So, what is your position on these things? Is the HSUS a bunch of monsters? Why shouldn't people who own dogs simply as pets spay or neuter them. Why not just let the animals run loose and breed? Get a grip. Look outside your yuppie window and see the world.

Mary Haight
Mary Haight

If you read the link to original reports in this blog, you will find that I am all for spay/neuter, and have been since my teens. I've been on the board of one of the first no-kill shelters in the nation for over 10 years as I believe I've mentioned in text as well as in the About area. Rather than pursue your comment that leaps to dogs and cats running loose and breeding all over the place, I would ask you to take more than a few seconds when forming an opinion. That's my rationale for reporting the news. Not to give you too much, but hopefully enough, of what I think so you know my perspective, but more importantly to relate the available information and facts so you can see what's out there, read the positions, and make up your mind without knee-jerk reactions or emotional snap judgments. I think I was abundantly transparent regarding my opinion on Mandatory Spay Neuter, which I am against given the fact that after having cost cities btw $8-18 Million it has failed in its purpose in cities across the US and caused major increases, not any decrease, in kill rates, is unenforceable, has lowered compliance in licensing requirements, created health hazards like rabies, doesn't reduce bite stats, and the list goes on. If packs of wild dogs were roaming the streets and wrecking havoc with local populations, I guess I'd have to revisit my position. Groups like the ASPCA and HSUS do a lot of good work. That is not the case in this area of concern given the facts, and people should be made aware of that.