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).

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.
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From rash to scabs, here’s how to recognize the signs of common issues like mange, dermatitis, and allergies so you can treat the issue quickly.
Here’s what to know about why dogs lick themselves, other dogs, and you—and whether you should worry about their habits.
Here’s what to know about why your dog licks his paws—and when you should worry about his habits.
Searching for the perfect name for your male dog? Scroll through this A-to-Z list of boy dog names to find one that fits your dog to a T.
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.
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.
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 canine heat cycle. 
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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.
Are you nervous, excited, anxious—all the feels, really—about the prospect of your sweet little girl bringing pups into the world? Here are a few signs and symptoms so you know how to tell if a dog is pregnant.
Intestinal parasites like tapeworms and roundworms are common in dogs, but can be treated safely and effectively with help from your veterinarian. Find out how to diagnose, treat, and prevent worms in your dog.
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.
From classic to celeb-inspired and funny to food-based, this list of cute cat names is sure to inspire your naming adventures.
Our funny cat names are clever, cute, and just right for your full-of-personality furball.
Find the name that fits your feline best with this list of more than 250 unique cat names that are anything but ordinary.
This list has white cat names that are perfect for your new furball —from unique and fun to creative and ironic.
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