Wendy Lyons Sunshine is an award-winning journalist and author of TENDER PAWS: How science-based parenting can transform our relationship with dogs, coming in 2024 from HCI Books and distributed by Simon & Schuster. (Check out the flyer!)

TENDER PAWS was inspired by Wendy’s collaboration with child development experts on The Connected Child, an award-winning classic that has been translated into multiple languages, and Raising the Challenging Child, a 5-star parenting resource.

In addition to writing books, Wendy blogs about the human-dog connection and animal welfare for PsychologyToday.com and supports the content team at Positively.com. She’s also assisted behind the scenes at International Fund for Animal Welfare and other fine organizations.


♦ First Place, Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print, Society of Environmental Journalists
♦ First Amendment Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth
♦ Second Place, Business Reporting, Lone Star Award, Houston Press Club
♦ Certificate of Excellence, Press Club of Dallas
♦ Outstanding Book of the Year, American Society of Journalists & Authors


♦ Masters of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication, environmental science cognate, University of North Texas; Teaching Fellow; Research Fellow.
♦ Bachelor of Arts in English and studio art, honors, phi beta kappa, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
♦ FDM®, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional