Meet Nikki Moustaki

DogChannel is proud to introduce our brand new blog and blogger! Leading dog expert Nikki Moustaki shares dog news, stories and experiences of dog care, rescue, ownership, training and more in her new weekly blog.

 Nikki Moustaki
Nikki Moustaki
When she’s not writing, you can find author Nikki Moustaki, one of the nation’s leading pet experts, rocking out on her drums, teaching herself 80s heavy metal on her Gibson guitar, or rescuing dogs from the shelter and working on her favorite dog charity projects.

With more than a half-million pet books in print and hundreds of articles on pets and their care and training to her credit, Nikki has been awarded numerous national writing prizes and honors. She regularly writes features for many pet-related magazines, including DOG FANCY magazine, Popular Dogs, and Dogs USA and also has her own personal blog.

Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach with her two rescued Schnauzers, Pepper and Zoey, one rescued Schnauzer/Poodle named Pearl, and two parrots. Through her tireless efforts with The Pet Postcard Project she has helped raise over 120 million pieces of kibble for shelter pets.

Nikki holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from NYU.

An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki hosts a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and she hosted, co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host.

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PrideInMySoldier   Wichita Falls, TX

2/8/2013 8:09:28 PM

For any of you who have SAR years experience, might | bother you for some guidance? I want to have my dog trained so we can voluntarily do SAR work for our community and when needed during natural disaster. I am also wanting to set up an Aussie Rescue at some point, hopefully in the next year or two. But I want to train my rescue dogs and Doc as well, to be Service Dogs for our PTSD Victims. Lastly, those who are too old will be used as Therapy Dogs for Veterans in VA hospitals & VA Nursing Homes.

Any information someone can give me would be GREATLY appreciated. I look forward to hearing from 1, if not all

May y'all have a blessed week


Doc & Melba

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Debbie   Mesa, Arizona

10/6/2012 4:56:26 PM

Hi, I have been told I have an amazing dog rescue story. It draws attention to how insightful and therapeutic a rescue dog can be. He works in a classroom with special education students in reading. A brief version of his story can be found at Please let me know if you would be interested in writing about him.

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liz   new york, New York

9/22/2012 4:53:34 PM

Hi, I've been involved in rescue for 35 years. One particular dog inspired a training device that prevents them from jumping on people, counters, house and car doors. I have had 100% success with it. It is humane, in fact, you never make contact with the dog. It works immediately and needs very little reinforcement. I have fine tuned it and I am making them available for sale. I wanted to ask if you would be interested in including me in a blog, or writing a story...

I realize that there are advertising opportunities on the site, but, I am in the same boat as the rest of the rescue community-- there isn't a spare nickel after the animals are taken care of. My goal is to help the rescue people, and shelter staff/volunteers, to make dogs more adoptable, and for dog owners to be able to correct this extremely irritating and often dangerous (small children and elderly people) behavior. The goal is not only to get them adopted, but to KEEP them in their homes once they get

Please let me know. I appreciate it very much, Liz

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Sheila   Omaha, NE

10/30/2011 1:12:53 PM

I'm trying to build awareness of what can go wrong when someone adopts a dog from rescue and it doesn't work out. Harry was one such dog. He spent six years of his life in my rescue because he was a biter. Last year he was adopted and the last I heard, everything was o.k. Then last week I got a frantic call from one of my rescue volunteers saying she'd recognized Harry in an email from another rescuer trying to save Harry's life, as he had been dumped in a kill shelter. When I called the shelter, he had been killed just two hours earlier. You can read the whole story and see Harry at his memorial site, The more people who read his story the better... it tells adopters what they should do in the event things don't work out, and it cautions rescuers on what can go wrong. Thank you for any help you can provide in sharing his story.

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