Wendy Lyons Sunshine writes about the human-animal connection for PsychologyToday.com and explores our unique bond with dogs in her forthcoming book, TENDER PAWS: How science-based parenting can transform our relationship with dogs, available soon for pre-order.

Wendy has co-authored books for parents and child welfare professionals, including the award-winning bestseller, The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family. She has contributed to many publications, from Sarasota Scene and AORN Journal to AARP Magazine and The New York Times. She also helps out behind the scenes at Positively.com, IFAW.org, and other 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
♦ Licensed FDM®, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional.