I’m Wendy Lyons Sunshine, an award-winning journalist and author who writes about the human-animal connection for PsychologyToday.com and helps out behind the scenes at Positively.com, IFAW.org, and other organizations.

Look for TENDER PAWS: Seeing Our Dogs Through a Parenting Lens, coming in 2024 from HCI Books.

I’ve contributed to scores of publications, including Sarasota Scene, AORN Journal, Practical Pain Management, Business Observer, Scientific American, D Magazine, Fort Worth Weekly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, AARP Magazine, Worth, and The New York Times, and had the privilege of co-authoring parenting books with child welfare experts.

On the rare moments when I break free of the keyboard, look for me in the kitchen or outside, roaming the streets with a 4-legged friend.

For updates and random observations, find me on Twitter.


♦ 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
♦ Certified FDM®, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional.