The Other Side

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There’s another side to Susan C. Willett

Susan is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, and humor can be found on her website Life With Dogs and Cats. She shares her home with cats Dawn, Athena, Calvin, and Elsa Clair and three shelter dogs: Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker.  Follow Susan’s life with dogs and cats on:

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Life with Dogs and Cats is an award-winning blog where Susan writes stories and articles about life in a multi-species household. With articles, essays, tales and photography, she serves up humor, heart and how-to, never taking sides in the internet’s dogs vs. cats debate.

Highlights include:

Dogs and Cats Texting™ (also a separate Tumblr site)

Haiku by Cat™ and Haiku by Dog™ (also separate websites: )

Calvin Tiberius Katz, The Most Interesting Cat in the World (who recently went viral)


Second-Chance Dogs stories Susan C. WillettTwo of Susan’s stories appear in the book Second-Chance Dogs: True Stories of the Dogs We Rescue and the Dogs Who Rescue Us, edited by Callie Smith Grand and published by Revell in October 2018. In addition, Susan has written for, and, and was a featured member of the Meow Mix Acatemy™, a social site supporting the human-cat bond.  Susan has received multiple awards for her work as a writer and creator, including a Nose-to-Nose Award for writing from BlogPaws, four Muse Medallions (for writing, humor, poetry and video) from the Cat Writers’ Association, and multiple Certificates of Excellence from both the CWA and the Dog Writers Association of America. In addition,Susan is an acclaimed speaker, offering insight on topics such as humor, social media, and writing for the Web. Currently working on a number of children’s picture books, as well as a novel and a memoir, Susan is represented by Edward Necarsulmer IV of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency and is active in the New Jersey chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Except in a few rare cases, all the photography on this site and—including all page headers—are Susan’s work. Her photos have been featured on the cover of Ruff Drafts (the publication of the Dog Writers Association of America) and on the Somerset County Activity Guide. Several of her photos were selected for participation in a local art exhibition —with one of them chosen for the show’s poster, and she has been a finalist or semi-finalist in several photography contests, including those sponsored by BlogPaws, Petco, and Hauspanther.

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