About Us

FiveBarks is the place for dog lovers who want honest, practical and useful advice on all aspects of canine companionship. From breed characteristics and training tips to fun ways to bond with your puppy, come join the pack at FiveBarks and see what all the barking is about!

Who We Are

FiveBarks is a collaborative team of pet owners and industry professionals who work together to create original content and helpful guides for prospective, new and longtime dog owners. 

With backgrounds in veterinary medicine, daycare and boarding, dog training, fostering and adoption, nutrition and more, our experts provide up-to-date advice and practical tips for the modern Dog Mom or Dad!

Editorial Guidelines

Our goal is to provide dog lovers like yourself with the most accurate, entertaining and actionable advice on dogs and the challenges of dog ownership. Our editorial team strives to create original content that’s easy to read and accessible to dog owners of all experience levels. We carefully research each topic and provide linked references, so you’ll know you can rely on the information we provide.

Meet Our Pack


Alison Page

Dog Lover 35+ Years

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! Her first childhood pet dog was a Rough Collie called Judy who lived to the grand old age of 15. There followed two other “Judys,” numerous cats, dogs, fish, small furries, and horses!

For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Here, she learned much about the general care of many different dog breeds and common medical conditions and surgical procedures.

Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish. And, although she no longer rides horses competitively, Alison is also a professional dressage judge.

Alison currently has two black cats, numerous fish, and a gorgeous Cavapoo called Lottie who has more than enough energy for them both!


Jen Clifford

Veterinary Technician 10+ Years

Jen Clifford is an animal behaviorist and veterinary technician with more than a decade of hands-on experience working in small animal and specialty veterinary clinics.

She graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Biology and spent several years capturing and banding wild birds as a field biologist. After relocating to Portland, Oregon, she managed one of the first doggy daycares in the area for 5 years before starting in veterinary medicine.

She currently lives in the Portland area with her partner and their “Wicked Tribe” of animal companions. She is currently owned by 4 dogs, 3 cats, chickens, fish and the occasional foster pet.

Tammi Avallone

Tammi Avallone

Managing Editor

Tammi Avallone is a lifelong dog-lover and the Managing Editor of FiveBarks.com.

Tammi grew up in the countryside on her parents’ farm where animals, including dogs, always surrounded her. Tammi’s first love was a beautiful chocolate Labrador Retriever named Toby. The inseparable pair spent many happy hours exploring the local woods and hiking trails together, come rain or shine.

Since then, Tammi has always had dogs in her life, including a crazy Australian Shepherd and several Labs of different colors. More recently, Tammi fell in love with the Poodle crossbreeds that are now so popular, and she is the proud owner of a gorgeous Mini Goldendoodle called Tess and an 8 year old Shorkie named Winston.

Here at FiveBarks, folks can discover all about their beloved furbaby’s breed history and learn how to give their pets the very best of care for a long and happy life.

Linda Simon portrait

Dr. Linda Simon

Veterinarian and FiveBarks Consultant

Dr Linda Simon MVB MRCVS is a locum veterinary surgeon who has worked in London for the past 8 years. She graduated top of her class in small animal medicine from UCD, Dublin. She is currently a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

As well as working in clinic, Linda is an online vet for Just Answer where she has been providing online advice for thousands of owners since 2018.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys baking, yoga and running around after her young son!

How to Contact Us

As a forum devoted to dogs and pet ownership, we love to hear feedback from our readers! You can join in the fun by posting your questions or comments under each article, or you can reach out to us directly at our Contact page.

We’re also active on social media, so you can join the FiveBarks team on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Come share pictures of your pup with us! And don’t forget to check out our merch on redbubble.com

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