Lauren Gard was born in suburban Philadelphia into a loving cat-owning family but all kitties were unfortunately (and tragically) out of the picture by the time she was five, at which point her parents brought home a small neurotic yappy dog who lived forever. Lauren adopted a pair of felines 20 years later as a journalist looking for something to take the edge off after a long day’s work (along with a bold red), and has never looked back.
Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): Lauren Gard
Location: SF Bay Area
What I Do for a Living: Public relations at online graphic design marketplace 99designs
What I Do for Fun: Hike, attempt to teach my cats yoga while simultaneously watching Dexter/CSI/Homeland/other favorite show, make massive pots of soup, read the paper over long solo cafe breakfasts, make up rhyming ditties.
The Furry Members of My Household Are: Remy and Sage, brother-sister tuxedos who have yet to scratch a piece of furniture but find other ways to drive me nuts
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Fantastic or mysterious people/things/cats flying under the radar
My Pet Peeves Are: Meowing and face paw-planting in the wee morning (especially when cats do it)
My Guilty Pleasures Are: Eating too many crunchy Trader Joe’s meringues before bed and watching Remy joyfully eat grass in my backyard knowing full well he’ll puke later
How I Deal with Cat/Dog Hair: Lint rollers and, at times, duct tape
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Happy, still!