According to Chinese star-gazers, Lisa Begin-Kruysman was born during the Hours and the Year of the Dog. It’s no surprise then, that Lisa has made canines the main focus of her award-winning works of Fiction and Non-Fiction, and social media platform. She is the two-time recipient of the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion and the North Shore Animal League America Special Award and the author of Dog’s Best Friend: Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week and Dog World Publisher. Lisa maintains a popular Facebook Page she established to keep the Week of the Dog alive and barking on the American Calendar each September and a blog inspired by issues affecting canine welfare in the United States and beyond.
In addition to her dog-writing, Lisa enjoys sharing the fascinating stories of important yet obscure individuals and their enduring legacies as well as the lesser-known chapters of the lives of well-known individuals.
Growing up in a pet-friendly home in Hackensack, New Jersey, Lisa’s love of reading and art was nurtured by her parents and beloved teachers. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Psychology and was employed as a Human Resource Associate for Home Box Office in New York City before establishing herself as a Fine Artist and author. These days her work is inspired by the licks and love of her adorable foster-to-forever dog, Teddy. Creating paintings and prose in her creekside studio at the “Jersey Shore”, with the support and encouragement of her husband, Rich, is what she enjoys most.