Susan LaDue (Street Articles Author)
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I've enjoyed three wonderful careers, all of which have required writing. I started with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures. Got a job as a professor of French and Women's Studies at UMass, Boston, publishing one scholarly book and a number of articles of literary criticism. Then I spent 11 years doing organizational development and human resources management at a Fortune 100 company, during which time I did instructional design and wrote lots of pieces detailng programs that I managed, or simply summarizing and reporting for upper management. Currently, I own a dog daycare, grooming, and training shop called The Doggie Den. I write and photograph my own website: www.thedoggieden.net. Our blog is www.doggiecare.blogspot.com. Our brochures, advertising, online descriptions and social networking are all authored by yours truly. And, yes, I have written an unpublished novel!

My articles span the three areas of my professional experience: language and literature; management coaching, organizational development and human resources; and dogs as pets or in business. I excel at academic writing, business writing, journalism, blogging, website copy, and copy editing in my three areas of expertise. I especially enjoy packaging business ideas and business offerings for maximum effectiveness, whether you need a concise paragraph or an article.

I've lived in northern New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; Connecticut; Boston, San Francisco; and Paris, France. I loved them all, but Paris will always have a special place in my heart. I've traveled throughout the United States and Europe.

Currently, I live and work in central MA. with my two dogs and one cat.

When Good Employees Go Bad
A day when I don’t feel like writing. I want to act not think, largely because I’m anxious about an employee I want to fire but to whom I owe an opportunity to fix what isn’t working. She’s opinionated, negative, defensive and passive aggressive. And she’s my second-in-command. For several…
By:  in  Business  >  Workplace Communication   Mar 28, 2012  
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A Day In the Life: Dogs As Business
It's a sweet spring morning and you wake up in a spoon with the family dog. She sleeps on, profoundly content in her doggy dreams. It seems unfair to wake her so you can get up, but wake her you do. She stretches and yawns and smiles. "What a good…
By:  in  Business  >  Small Business   Mar 28, 2012  
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Chosing A Dog Breed: Do The Research
At The Doggie Den (my dog daycare business) we often talk to people with problems and questions about their pet. They want advice and answers, but the right solution is likely to be complex because 80% of the time it comes down to knowing their dog's breed or mix of…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 11, 2012  
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Living With A Dog As A Contact Sport
Dog Ownership is a Hands-On Job It never ceases to amaze me the problems dogs can have without their owners noticing. I know people who aren't doggie fanatics don't fuss over their pups the way we do at The Doggie Den, but what comes into our grooming shop boggles the…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 07, 2012  
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Dog Needs Exercise? Try Doggie Daycare
Your dog's most important needs are good nutrition, regular exercise, and tough-love (discipline with plenty of lovin'). Today I want to talk about dogs and exercise. It's great if you walk your dog twice a day or more, but most breeds will develop nervous habits if that's all they get.…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 05, 2012  
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Debarking Your Dog: Don't!
Every once in a while I see something about dogs online or on TV that makes me crazy. For example, I never watch America's Funniest Video's because the one time I did, they showed shots of dogs having weird accidents. It looked to me like the dogs were hurt, though…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 05, 2012  
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Old Age Worries
This year winter struck only twice: once on Halloween and once before St. Patrick’s Day. In between, temperatures ranged from 30 to 50 degrees, with an occasional 60 degree day. Snow bunnies felt deprived. The rest of us wanted to shout, “Hallelujah!” As I’m starting to feel the effects of…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Mar 04, 2012  
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Getting Along With Live - in Grandchildren Or Not
Multi-Generational Families: Is Time Relative? Saturday night I stopped by my friend Lillian's to pick her up and bring her back to my house for dinner and a movie. She didn't appear when I tooted, so I let myself into her house (I have a key), only to find her…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Grandparenting   Mar 04, 2012  
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Childhood Revisited
It's a paradox of ones senior years that as short-term memory deteriorates, distant experiences come into sharp focus. In the long span of years from my twenties to my sixties, I fled the past. My goal was to reinvent myself, because previous decades seemed boring, confining, or downright depressing. The…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Mar 04, 2012  
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Teen Age Parents Living With Grandma
A friend’s granddaughter is soon to deliver the family’s first great grandchild: a baby boy. I remember when Tanya, the soon-to-be mom, was born. The memories drive home how old I am, while at the same time adding color and texture to life. I remember Tanya waddling around the house…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Babies Toddler   Mar 01, 2012  
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