Lacey Howard

Owner/president/receptionist/janitor of Goode Girl Media, Lacey Howard lives on a small Iowa homestead with a flock of chickens and 3.5 dogs (it's a long story...but the dog pictured here is Sadie). Needless to say, Lacey is a pet person from a long line of animal lovers, including her grandmother who cared for a rotating collection of birds—emus to parrots to guineas—and other pets (including but not limited to dogs, cows, and a monkey named Chatter).

Here's what to know about why your dog licks his paws—and when you should worry about his habits.
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Here's what to know about why dogs lick themselves, other dogs, and you—and what's normal and what's not.
These window box-style catios give your indoor cat a (literal) window to the world.
Before you jump into a DIY cat house project, consider these design and planning tips from a behavior expert. And then try our instructions for the easiest DIY cat house—ever.
Catios—outdoor cat enclosures—are an easy way to expand your indoor cat’s world and provide your cat with a safe, fresh-air space for play, rest, and basking in the sun.
This DIY cat tree has everything your kitty desires—rungs to climb, a cradle for lounging, and a cave for hiding. Our building plans show you step-by-step how to create this cat-tastic climbing structure.
We’ve got all the catio know-how that will help you plan and build a safe outdoor enclosure for your feline friend.
These expert tips will help you plan the perfect cat jungle gym.
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These cooling solutions are no sweat!
Give your pup a warm and cozy place to hang out outside during chilly winter days.
An unspayed female dog who is ovulating and ready to breed is commonly referred to as being “in heat.” Here’s what you should know about the dog heat cycle. 
Building your own doghouse is a project almost any DIYer can tackle with success. Before you start, consider these factors that will make the house comfy and safe.
For the contemporary canine, this DIY indoor doghouse is the perfect retreat—open, airy, and comfortable.
Yes, dogs are adorable and awesome and give you the most exuberant (daily) welcome-home party ever. But there are many things you should consider before getting a dog.
While dogs don't experience menstruation the same way humans do, they do ovulate. And they'd probably appreciate a treat or two when they do.
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Pregnancy can be an exciting and stressful time for a dog and her loving owner. Here’s what to expect when your dog is expecting.
Are puppies in your near future? Here’s a week-by-week timeline of your dog’s pregnancy and what you can expect to see and experience.
Becoming grandpaw (pun intended) to a litter of puppies is not a job to be taken lightly.
New to dog ownership? Don't stress. We've got you covered with our guide for first-time dog owners. 
Get a good idea of the costs—from adoption fees and other up-front costs to on-going ones such as supplies and vet bills—before you adopt a dog.  
Congratulations on bringing home a new puppy! We’ve got a list of essentials to gather so you have what you need to get started on a happy, healthy life together.
If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, an older dog from a senior dog rescue can give you all the fun and unconditional love without some of the challenges that come with a puppy.
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Ticks can be a problem for dogs and humans alike, especially at certain times of the year and in parts of the country. Here’s what you need to know to keep your pup—and you—as safe as possible from the pesky bugs and avoid tick-borne illnesses.
Your black cat deserves a name to match her striking appearance. Find the perfect name for your black cat with this list of classic and creative names.
Pick the perfect name for your new furry family member with this A-to-Z list of male cat names.