Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Here at Crayons & Collars we understand how crazy, messy, silly and yes, sometimes downright challenging life can be with a household of kids and pets. We discuss all kinds of topics relating to kids and pets…from pet care to teaching kids responsibility to choosing the right pet for your family to dealing with emergency issues and more. We’ll also bring you crafts, recipes, books and games for your pet-loving kids!
Our team is dedicated to calming the chaos and celebrating the incredible bond we have with our pets. Thanks for being here!
Caroline Golon, Publisher & Editor
In 2011, Caroline Golon, realized a notable absence of pet care content specifically geared towards families with human kids and pets. There were plenty of resources for pet owners and plenty of resources for parents of human children, but nothing that truly bridged the gap between the two. So she launched Crayons & Collars, featuring pet-focused educational and lifestyle content viewed through the lens of busy family life.
Crayons & Collars is part of High Paw Media, which includes other pet focused sites including cat humor and advocacy blog, Romeo the Cat and The Happy Litterbox, dedicated to helping cat owners solve litter box issues and keeping more cats in happy homes.
She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, two daughters, three Persian cats – Pugsley, Mr. Wilson, Rufus – and one crazy puppy named Nigel.
Geralynn Cada, CPDT, Crayons & Collars Trainer
Geralynn Cada is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, AKC CGC Evaluator, Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavior College, trainer to the stars, service animal trainer and owner of GCUnleashes.com. She specializes in helping train dogs who live with families with children and has developed a special program just for kids to help them participate in their dogs’ training.
Geralynn is also a cat trainer…when the cats are willing to be trained, that is!
Geralynn empowers her clients through her balanced training methods developed over her 30+ years of experience. Her work has been featured on The Doctors TV show, ABC, NBC, FOX, and various news publications nationally and internationally.
Raised on a farm in Nebraska surrounded by an animal-loving family, Geralynn fell in love with the canine kind and became a dog trainer at age nine. With her parents’ encouragement, she acquired a BA in design and a BS in biochemistry. She also designs pet products.
She lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, 4 stepkids, Buddy the Yorkie Poo, Chip Shot the Bichon, and KCMO the Border Collie Mini Aussie Mix.
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, Crayons & Collars Consulting Veterinarian
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is an author, mother, practicing veterinarian, and medical communicator. After graduating with honors from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. V started her award winning website pawcurious.com in 2009 while continuing to work in small animal practice.
Known as “The Family Vet,” Dr. V’s unique voice and forward-thinking approach to pet related topics quickly made her a sought-after contributor to multiple media outlets, and her distinct take on topics from raw food diets to the struggles of motherhood in a challenging profession can be found in hundreds of articles across the web.
As a parent herself, Dr. V understands the pressures of modern family life. In order to create a harmonious household, Dr. V is a strong advocate of educating parents from the time a baby is brought into the home to the time a pet leaves this world. Safe child/pet interactions, responsible pet handling, financial planning for pet costs, and preventive care and training are all topics Dr. V strives to bring to a wider general audience.
Dr. V is a regular contributor to pet360, Good Dog Magazine, Studio One Networks, Vetstreet, PetMD, dvm360, and Petfinder Her work has been featured in multiple national outlets such as Ladies Home Journal, Outside Magazine, yahoo, and USA Today. Her first memoir, “All Dogs Go To Kevin,” was published in 2015 and she’s currently working on her next book.
Dr. V lives in San Diego with her husband, son, daughter, goofy Golden Retriever Brody and Penelope, the cat who, obviously, runs the household. Learn more about Dr. V at www.drjessicavogelsang.com