About Us


Here at Fivebarks, we aim to provide our readers with honest, practical, and useful advice on all aspects of canine companionship, from care and training tips to fun ways to exercise and bond with your puppy,

Who We Are

We are a collaborative team of experienced dog owners and industry professionals.

What We Do At Fivebarks

We use our combined skills and experience in dog ownership and dog-related professions to create helpful, original, informative content to guide new and experienced dog owners.

Our experts use their knowledge of veterinary medicine, dog training, nutrition, daycare and boarding, fostering, and adoption to provide relevant, up-to-date advice and practical tips to modern pet parents.

When Were We Founded/Origin?

Since we launched Fivebarks in 2021, we’ve worked tirelessly to grow our site with thousands of informative, high-quality, helpful pieces of content.

With that solid foundation, we’re continuing to work hard to create even more fabulous articles to help others expand their knowledge of the very best dog ownership practices.

Who Runs It

At Fivebarks, we’re not just content creators! We’re real people with many years of experience in keeping and working with dogs.

Our team includes veterinary surgeons, animal behaviorists, doggy daycare specialists, dog trainers, veterinary practice managers, dog shelter experts, nutritionists, and more.

Meet Our Pack

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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!


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.


Alison Page

Former Practice Manager – Animal Veterinary Clinic
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!

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Karen Parquet

Former Pet Business Owner with 17+ Years of Experience

Karen is a former pet business owner with 17+ years of experience in training and taking care of pets. She currently owns three dogs (a greyhound, saluki, and golden mix) and has gone through several types of programs to further her education in the pet world.

She knows a thing or two about animals—she’s been working with them for over a decade! During that time, she’s learned all about different breeds, how to train them effectively, and how to keep them healthy. 

She loves nothing more than helping others learn about their pets and giving them the best possible care.

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Anoushka Shetty

Animal Shelter Volunteer

Anoushka’s love for animals began with taking care of the cows & chickens on her family farm. As she grew older, this love transformed into a love for dogs. She volunteers in a dog shelter, so she is well-versed in the care and comfort of all breeds of dogs.

Anoushka shadows vets as they go through a multitude of procedures, ranging from general check-ups to surgeries. She is responsible for the grooming, feeding, and basic training to ensure that dogs would be adopted more quickly.

Anoushka is also a published writer and writes about a plethora of pet-related topics, ranging from skincare to dog beds. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, and spends her time going to college, practicing the guitar, writing, and playing with her animals.

Jove Estrada

Jove Estrada

Website Operator

Jove has been working in the media industry for 7 years with substantial content editorial experience. She specializes in creating and modifying compelling content for sites, such as Fivebarks.com; a site committed to providing helpful resources for animal parents.

As a fur mom of 5 rescue pups and 2 cats, animals are a huge passion of hers!  Having been in the business for so long, she has become a well-regarded and reliable authority within the canine society.

Her goal is to raise awareness about animal welfare, while also educating people on how they can make a positive impact in their communities through small acts of kindness. She is always looking for new ways to bring more joy into the world through her work in the media industry!

Jay Estrada

Jay Estrada

Content Manager & Editor

Hello, I’m Jay, a passionate dog lover with a deep commitment to animal welfare and care. With over 7 years of experience working with dogs, I am excited to share my knowledge and expertise with fellow dog owners.

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with dogs of all ages and breeds, from puppies to seniors. I have extensive experience in dog training, behavior, and health, and I am dedicated to providing the best possible care for our furry friends.

As a content creator for this dog care website, my goal is to provide detailed and informative articles that will help dog owners provide the best possible care for their pets. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or an experienced enthusiast, I am committed to providing you with the information and resources you need to ensure your dog lives a healthy, happy life.

Ryan Gornez

Ryan Gornez

Content Manager & Editor

With over 5 years of experience in the publishing industry, Ryan has honed his skills and expertise in writing, editing, and managing content for various publications.

Ryan’s goal in working for FiveBarks is to produce content that celebrates the joy of pet ownership while providing readers with valuable insights and information.

As a dog lover himself and an advocate for animal rights, Ryan understands the importance of providing pet owners with accurate and relevant information that can help them make informed decisions about their furry companions. Ryan’s passion for animals and his expertise in publishing make him the perfect fit for this position.

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Andrea Araiza

Pet Food Recipe Creator

Andrea is a food photographer and stylist with a lifelong love for dogs and all animals! Before discovering her passion for food photography, Andrea did a Master’s Program at the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, where she learned all about restaurant administration and international gastronomy.

She’s not one to shy away from anything food or dog related, hence her nice fit with FiveBarks. When she’s not busy with restaurant work, Andrea will usually be developing recipes at home that her three dogs will be eager to try.

On her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, shopping for props for her studio, and looking at food magazines.

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Wanda C

Volunteer with the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)

Wanda has LOVED dogs ever since she was a child, and is currently a dog parent to a 3-year-old poodle who means the world to her. She was a volunteer with the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), a no-kill shelter based in Brooklyn, New York. Spending time with dogs from different backgrounds taught her how to bring out the best in each dog by fostering a genuine connection, which in turn allows them to find fur-ever homes with loving families.

In her spare time, Wanda enjoys teaching her dog new tricks, doing yoga, and sometimes, combining the two. Someday, she hopes to do a downward dog together with her pup! She also enjoys exploring the city with her dog in tow, checking out pet-friendly travel spots, and introducing her dog to other animals. 

Ultimately, Wanda’s goal as a FiveBarks contributor is to help fellow dog owners bond with their dogs on a deeper level. With the right tips and tricks, she believes that anyone can foster a strong, loving bond with their pets that will last for years to come!

How to Contact Us

Readers can contact us by posting questions and comments under each article on the website. Alternatively, reach out to us directly via our Contact page.

You can reach thousands of dog owners by advertising on FiveBarks. To find out more, follow the link here!

You may also reach us through the following email addresses:

[email protected] – General questions or comments
[email protected] – For advertising
[email protected] – Notice an error or have feedback about our website
[email protected] – For things like support and billing.

If you prefer to reach us by phone, you can contact us at (306) 993-2768.

If you would like to send us a letter, please mail it to Found First Marketing Inc., 200 – 1965 Broad St., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4P 1Y1.

Social links

We’re active on social media, too, so you can join the FiveBarks team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We’d love to see pictures of your canine companions, so why not come and share them with us?

About Found First Marketing

FiveBarks is owned by Found First Marketing, a small digital publishing company, and is run by a dedicated team of professionals with many years of experience in dog care and the veterinary profession.