Shamontiel is a three-time dog owner (one Lab cross-breed for 13 years; one German Shepherd for 9 years—the puppy face in the banner featured above; and now the owner of a Hound mix). Dog walking and dog boarding weren’t career fields she intended to get into. She did it initially because her own condo board wouldn’t allow dogs, and she missed owning one. By the time she challenged the condo association board to do away with the no-pet rule, she agreed to a nomination of being the condo association president (and adopted a dog on Juneteenth named “Junee”). The former Wag! walker and Rover dog boarder completed 500 walks, eight dog-house sittings and six dog boardings for 84 different dogs in two years.

“Black Girl In a Doggone World” (formerly “Doggone World” on Medium) is a place for her to share her love for dogs, experiences as a dog walker, chat with dog owners and all other bark-related activity. Because it is rare that these stories are told from an African-American pet owner or dog caregiver’s perspective, you may see the occasional post with her tying dog ownership to race and culture, too. Posts are written on a weekly basis.

To find out more about her, visit Shamontiel.com.