Hi! I’m Alicia.

Thank you for visiting my dog-loving, do-it-yourself part of the internet!

I’ve been working with dogs for over ten years now – I’ve had almost every job in the dog rescue world including the biggest job and challenge I’ve faced: taking care of our very special needs dog, Mylah. My career with dogs has included everything from running an animal shelter to fundraising, major events, program development, volunteer management, marketing and social media, organizing spay/neuter clinics and, of course, rescuing dogs hands-on. 

Now I’m on a mission.

I want to share my holistic, do-it-yourself approach to being a dog mom with the world. I started The DIY Dog Mom in late 2015 as a blog and way to share all the projects, recipes and adventures I was doing with my dogs. This little blog has grown into a business where I’m able to help dogs on a daily basis.

Being a DIY dog mom or dad means you are invested in exploring means of care for your dog(s) that are alternative and often require a do-it-yourself attitude. Whether you’re a raw food feeder, obsessed with making your dog’s accessories or creating holistic remedies from scratch – you are invested in your dog’s care on a whole other level, you’re a DIY dog parent.

I want to help other DIY dog parents in the areas that matter most – emotional, physical and spiritual work with their dogs. Dedicating my life to dogs means I’ve learned from hands-on experience and coursework. I continue that education every day as my dogs are my greatest teachers. I’d love to help you better your dog’s wellness through nutrition, wellness coaching and more. 

Xox,

Alicia

Certifications & Education

  • Certified Animal Aromatherapist – National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Ashi Aromatics, 2017
  • Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist – DNM University, 2017
  • Usui Animal Reiki Master, 2018
  • Canine Diet Formulation Tutorial – Possible Canine, 2018
  • Practical Herbalism – Common Canine Conditions – Possible Canine, 2018
  • Animal Emergency Course – RAHU, 2017

Currently Working on:

  • Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy Certification (massage) – in the case study phase
  • Acute Canine Herbalism Specialist

 

Formal Education:

  • Lewis University, Master’s Organizational Leadership, 2014
  • Drake University, Dual Bachelor’s Degree, 2008

 

Memberships

  • American Holistic Veterinary Association
  • DNM Academy
  • Women in the Pet Industry

Meet My Kids

From left to right: Izzy, Hudson, Mylah, Jayne

Izzy: I call Izzy my ‘best girl’ because she is my best friend and the minute I laid eyes on her I knew we were meant to be together. I can’t even begin to count how many ways she has changed my life. I got Izzy right after college at 22 years old and we have been through so much together. My first city apartment, breakups, roommates, family deaths, celebrations – she has always been there. Izzy is eight years old, but basically going on one year old; she is a giant puppy at heart! She also loves to be in nature and at the lake. She is my adventure dog and soul mate.

Hudson: My middle kid, Hudson: big, goofy and lovable. The moment I met eyes with Hudson I knew he was a dog I wouldn’t be able to live without. Hudson came from a puppy mill, was brought to a pet store and purchased at the pet store as a “bullador” at three months old. His owners had a lot of young kids and he wasn’t mixing well with them so they were going to either euthanize him or give him up. They claimed Hudson was ‘unpredictable’. Well, he is the most predictable dog I know, a dog that thrives from routine and familiarity. Hudson is a big lug, not the brightest, but would protect me and his sisters from anything. Hudson is seven years old.

Mylah: Mylah is the baby and was the final addition to the family. I rescued Mylah’s mom and seven siblings who were confiscated from a dog fighting and breeding operation and were going to be euthanized due to space at animal control. Mylah and her siblings were only four weeks old. Mylah was the runt of the litter and I fell in love with her. Mylah is our special needs baby. She was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old. She is now six years old and over the last year was diagnosed with protein losing nephropathy, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. It has been a rough year for her, and us, but we are managing and are so thankful for every day we get to spend with her.

Jayne: My husband and I swore we would never adopt another puppy… and then along came Jayne. Funny how that happens! I met Jayne at Chicago Animal Control when I went to do transport dogs to rescue. Jayne was a last minute addition to the transport. We believe she was hit by a car – she was brought in as a stray with her right hind leg dangling from her body. The rescue tried to fix her leg but the surgery didn’t work so it was amputated. We were asked to foster Jayne after her first surgery because of my medical care experience. My husband and I both knew she was never leaving once we began fostering her. She is almost 1 years old and living the good life as a tripod, she is super fast and gets around great!

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