About Us

Exceptional Canine covers the benefits of the dog lifestyle, with tips on how to care for an active pet and attend to its needs. Experts -- including vets, breeders and trainers -- share an insider's perspective on pet-and-owner relationships and dog care. Content offers essential advice on dog health, training and breeds -- and, of course, the many activities pet parents can enjoy with their dogs.

Editorial Team

Kim Boatman is a veteran editor who writes frequently about dogs and cats. Boatman managed a wide variety of topics for more than 15 years at theSan Jose Mercury News, recognized as one of the country’s top newspapers. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and the Detroit Free Press, among countless other newspapers. She is a lifelong lover of animals.

Colleen Canney is an associate editor at Studio One Networks. She has worked on a variety of programs, ensuring quality in content and style.

Frequent Contributors

Dr. Tracy Dewhirst is a veterinarian and the former host of Ask the Vet Radio, a talk radio show on animal health. Dr. Dewhirst is an active member in the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, among other veterinary associations.

Jennifer Viegas is a founding team member of Discovery News, where she presents the latest findings concerning animals, paleontology and anthropology. An award-winning author, Viegas has written more than 20 books. She is a member of the Animal Behavior Society.

Stacy Brauslau-Schneck is a longtime dog trainer and professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She works closely with the Humane Society Silicon Valley, socializing dogs awaiting adoption, teaching other volunteer socializers, and fostering puppies and issue-challenged dogs. 

Linda Goldston, theSan Jose Mercury News’ award-winning pet columnist, has written about animals for 20 years. Goldston grew up with a succession of dogs and was blessed to have shared the antics of a bearded collie named Lucy for 18 years.

Monique Balas is an award-winning journalist and currently the “Pet Talk” columnist for The Oregonian newspaper. Balas was a staff reporter at several newspapers, including the Bend Bulletin, and has freelanced for a variety of print and online publications. 

Todd Wasserman is a journalist with 20 years of experience writing for various publications including The New York Times. Formerly the editor in chief of Brandweek, he is currently the business and marketing editor at Mashable. Wasserman is currently the proud owner of a black Labrador named Mura.

Editorial Policy

The information published on this program is produced independently by PaliMedia or has been approved by the program’s managing editor after review. Content is written and edited by leading experts to ensure that only the most accurate information is published. 

PaliMedia follows accepted journalistic quality standards and principles in source selection and fact verification, and endorses ASME’s “ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers,” including “Best Practices for Digital Media.”


PaliMedia does not mention the name or specific products of a given sponsor, although that sponsor’s product categories may be mentioned if they are relevant within editorial context. 

Unless indicated, content contributors are not employed by or on retainer by the program’s sponsor. If a contributor is employed by or on retainer by the program’s sponsor, we agree to disclose this relationship in the biographical note on the page where that contributor appears. 

In a PaliMedia program, you will see that some of our content, tools and links are labeled “From Our Sponsor”. This non-editorial content has not been reviewed by our editorial staff and is not subject to this editorial policy. 

In such case that content be used on a sponsor’s Web site, it is done so with PaliMedia permission.

About PaliMedia

PaliMedia is a privately owned media company that works with nationally known subject matter experts and top editors to create high-quality independent editorial content supported by corporate sponsors and syndicated across a variety of leading multimedia platforms. 

For more information, visit http://www.palimedia.com