Author: Julia Szabo

Julia Szabo is nationally recognized as an authority on living stylishly with dogs and cats. Her writings on pets have been published in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Country Living, and Cesar's Way, and her expert commentary has appeared in Family Circle, Real Simple, and The Los Angeles Times as well as on the AP newswire. She's made numerous TV appearances, most memorably on the PBS Nature documentary Why We Love Cats and Dogs, and is a frequent guest of Morning Living on Sirius Radio's Martha Stewart Channel. The author of six lifestyle books, including the acclaimed Animal House Style and Pretty Pet-Friendly, Julia is a columnist for Dogster and makes guest appearances on Catster. A longtime scholar of astrology, Julia also produces Traditional Home magazine's monthly "Star Style" column, a feature about design and the Zodiac. Full Name: Julia Martha Szabo Location: New York City Where You Can Find Me on the Internet: Twitter What I Do for a Living: Write about animals What I Do for Fun: Kiss animals, rescue animals The Furry Members of My Household Are: K9s Lazarus and, from left in the photo, dogs Sheba, Magnus, Cupcake, and Desiree plus a clowder of cats called Huey, Ninotchka, Max, and Macska My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Animals -- but, of course, they are not things ;) My Pet Peeves Are: Having to be civil to people who don't like animals; people who lie about their age My Guilty Pleasures Are: Dark chocolate, which is extremely toxic to dogs and requires extra-thoughtful snack storage; organic perfume How I Deal with Dog Hair: Evercare lint rollers and a Dyson DC28 Animal What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Don't intend to ever do that. Ever.
  • As Halloween Approaches, We Contemplate the Shadow Cast Upon Black Cats

    The other day, I was running errands on the busy high street near the apartment I share with four cats. The beautiful black puss whose job it is to keep mice out of the store where he’s the resident feline-in-charge was taking a break from his duties, pausing to sit calmly on the sidewalk and …

  • Does Owning a Cat Make You Sexier?

    In 2003, researchers at Charles University in Prague conducted a study funded by the Stanley Research Medical Institute in Bethesda, MD, which showed that domestic cats infected with the toxoplasma gondii parasite – the same parasite that’s the reason pregnant women are advised to stay away from the kitty litter box – can actually alter …