People Magazine Feature and Animal Planet Special

I’m so excited to share that my dogs and I were featured in People magazine this week! And, that we will also be on the Animal Planet Special, “Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now” premiering Friday, January 27, at 9 p.m. local time.  

The magazine article and TV speci checked in on what some of their favorite Puppy Bowl stars are doing now. 

If you don’t know, my dog Maddux, then Bubba, was a starter for Team Ruff in Puppy Bowl XI! 

Michelle Maskaly pet friendly business consultant
Michelle Maskaly pet friendly business consultant


Differences Between Service, Therapy and Emotional Support Dogs

As “The Dog-Friendly Business Coach™”, I am always getting asked about service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs.

This comes up a lot when working with establishments who serve food, because they have to be aware of local health codes. It can get very confusing for business owners and their employees, who are trying to do the right thing while still staying compliant with the law.

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Is Your Business Really Pet Friendly?

Boasting that your business is pet friendly has become very trendy these day. After all, the pet industry is worth more than $60 billion, and as more people choose to travel with their pets, everyone wants to cash in.

However, what does it really mean to be pet friendly?

I was recently looking for a place to take my two dogs for a weekend, and came across a nice-looking hotel/resort along the coast in the northeast. It sounded beautiful.

Until, I read their pet page.

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Answering the Question, “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

The first time I heard someone in a hiring position ask the question, “where do you see yourself in 5 years,” I was sitting around a large conference table at The Star-Ledger’s Newark, N.J. headquarters with about a dozen other summer interns.

“The Daily News.”

“The New York Times”


Not one of us said, “The Star-Ledger.”

Glenn Proctor, then a high-on-the-totem-poll editor, was the keeper of us interns and had a large say in careers at the top 20 newspaper, listened to each of our answers. When we finished, he gave a slight laugh and tilt of his head before calling each of us out for not saying we wanted to be working there.

While I can’t speak for everyone else that day, I can tell you my stomach dropped and I thought, “critical error.”

From that point forward whenever anyone asked me that same question, I always included the company I was talking with in my answer. But, about 5 years ago my answer when asked that question started to change, and I don’t apologize for the way I now respond.

Neither does Marissa Mayer.

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