Writing about dogs is easy. Writing about myself…less so. But in brief: I’m Edie Jarolim, writer, editor, and dog slave.

I have a website where you can learn more about those first two aspects of my life. And if you like this blog, which  involves a great deal of writing and editing, I hope you’ll go there, check my credentials, and give me work.

But before I send you away, here’s a bit more background.

I earned a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University; edited guidebooks at Frommer’s, Rough Guides, and Fodor’s; published myriad travel articles and three travel guides; and led a reasonably respectable but dogless life until 2004, when I adopted Frankie, my first and still only dog. Having gotten Frankie relatively late in life (both mine and his), I was a bit insecure about my canine caretaking abilities.

To put it mildly.

I began reading obsessively about dogs and badgering every dog owner willing to answer my questions to tell me what they knew. As a result, I ended up contributing dog stories to such publications as The Bark and Ladies Home Journal and, eventually, authoring AM I BORING MY DOG? And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew (Alpha/Penguin, 2009).

Now I am a regular contributor to Your Dog, the newsletter for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. And I write this blog.

I am also the Contributing Dining Editor for Tucson Guide magazine and the Tucson correspondent for Zagat.com. But while dogs and dining are my passions, I still do a good deal of dog-free and food-free writing and editing.

Ok, so now it’s time for you to go check out my website, www.ediejarolim.com.