About Me

Kari Neumeyer
author of Bark and Lunge

I had a hard time choosing a photo to go with this bio.

A lot has changed since I started blogging in 2002. A lot has changed since April 1, 2020 when I found out I had ovarian cancer. It doesn’t feel truthful to post a pre-chemo photo, so my options were bald, buzz cut, teal buzz cut, wigs of assorted colors, and awkward stage chemo curl grow out. I went with all of the above.

Hairstyle aside, I am the author of a book, Bark and Lunge: Saving My Dog from Training Mistakes. You can read some of the reviews here. And you can find resources to help with your reactive dog here.

The stories of my dogs Isis, Leo, and Mia have been told in my blog posts. Mia passed away in May 2020 at age 16, and we lost Leo to cancer Dec. 5, 2020. Truly, watching Leo decline from cancer was worse than having it myself.

I grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from USC’s School of Cinema-Television. After attempting to make a living in Hollywood for a couple of years, I enrolled in the master’s program at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and discovered a passion for copyediting almost as strong as my love for telling stories.

Since 2003, I have lived in Washington state. I have been a reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald and The Olympian, had a brief stint in the Office of Communications at Western Washington University, and am now the communications manager for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

My blog posts do not represent the opinions of any of my employers past or present.


Kari Neumeyer
Bellingham, Wash.
KariNeumeyer (at) gmail.com
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