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Patricia Gallinger-Giao is a trainer and seminar instructor for PetSmart,

covering topics related to canine behaviour and behaviour modification.

Prior to joining PetSmart, Gallinger-Giao worked for Sun Life Financial as

an instructional designer and business writer, building online educa-

Patricia Gallinger-Giao Training Instructor, Writer & Graphic Artist

tional courses for advisers. She lives with her husband along with two young adults, a jubilant little terrier, a few

birds and sometimes other creatures with wings, shells or scales. Gallinger-Giao graduated from Sheridan

College’s web design program in 2018, Humber College’s communications certificate program, in 2018 and

Sheridan College’s illustration and design diploma program in 1990.

Paint, ink, feathers and fur

I’ve worn many hats over the years but the road always leads back to animals. More specifically, wild orphans have

a habit of showing up on my doorstep through well meaning neighbours and colleagues.

I was lucky enough to capture some of those unforgettable moments on film while fostering the little wild ones. I

wish there were more but wild creatures grow up incredibly fast, far faster than our domestic pets. Above is Baby

Swiss (a hatchling with an injured leg) rescued by the roadside in a fast food container. There was William whose

self appointed mission was to throw my eyeglasses on the floor whenever the opportunity arose, and Freddie, a six

week old squirrel who made his home in an old coat hanging from a peg in my master bath; both late summer

orphans who spent a winter with me. Other refugees, lost or injured, grackles, sparrows, ducks, crows,

groundhogs…a racing pigeon driven off course in a winter storm, have all left their indelible mark, reshaping my

comprehension of the animal mind.

These days I spend a lot of time in the classroom. And while my title may be dog trainer what I really teach is

interspecies communication. Put simply, I help dogs and their people better understand one another to achieve a

more productive and harmonious partnership. Ironically so much of my past experience was taken up with roles

related to corporate communication. As a dog trainer, what replaced that was a new communications role where

written language and the human way of connecting, no longer applies.

Earl is a domesticated crayfish. She came in with a shipment of goldfish at PetSmart, as an inventory mystery, during one of the recent lockdowns. It was hard to find a tank to house her given her food preferences (plants and slow moving fish), so I adopted her. My best guess is that she’s a Shaggy Crayfish (Procambarus hirsutus). Native range, central and south Carolina, U.S. However, I could be wrong. Any crayfish experts out there?
Listen to Earl ask for her breakfast
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I’ve worn many hats over the years: graphic

artist, instructional designer, business writer,

book illustrator and wildlife painter but the

road always leads back to animals.

I was lucky enough to capture some of those

unforgettable moments on film. I wish there

were more but wild creatures grow up incred-

ibly fast, far faster than our domestic pets.

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PAINT, INK, FEATHERS & FUR

About

Patricia Gallinger-Giao is a trainer and

seminar instructor for PetSmart, covering

topics related to canine behaviour and

behaviour modification. Prior to joining

PetSmart, Gallinger-Giao worked for Sun

Life Financial as an instructional designer

and business writer, building online

educational courses for advisers. She lives

with her husband along with two young

adults, a jubilant little terrier, a few birds and

sometimes other creatures with wings,

shells or scales. Gallinger-Giao graduated

from Sheridan College’s web design

program in 2018, Humber College’s

communications certificate program, in

2018 and Sheridan College’s Illustration and

Design Diploma program in 1990.

Earl recently came in with a shipment of goldfish at PetSmart, as an inventory mystery. It was hard to find a tank to house her given her food preferences (plants and slow moving fish), so I adopted her. My best guess is that she is a Shaggy Crayfish (Procambarus hirsutus). Native range, central and south Carolina, U.S. However, I could be wrong. Any crayfish experts out there? Feel free to send me your best guess by using the comments box at the bottom of the Dog Blog

Quackers, rescued from a corporate courtyard,

in full moult. Released in a nearby marsh and

bird sanctuary, to wait out her flight feathers

Freddie, rescued as an unweaned baby. He

spent the winter in my master bathroom

and released the following Spring

Listen to Earl ask for her breakfast