I tell dog stories.

For as long as I can remember I have been reading and telling dog stories. I grew up believing that a girl and her dog could save the world. After working over 30 years in health care, I discovered I was right .

Now I write about dogs,the human-animal connection, and animal assisted therapy. My experience as a retired professional in Health Care Quality and Humane Education Specialist informs my writing. My work has appeared in books, journals, magazines,blogs and print media.

A member of the Dog Writers  Association of America, I am proud to be a past winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for Best Blog . My new book DOGS IN HEALTH CARE  is about the pioneer dogs of health care and moments in history when the human- animal bond propelled health care forward.

Dogs in Health Care Now Available at McFarlandbooks , at Amazon in paperback and Kindle

About Jill Lenk Schilp

I am a non fiction writer. I write at the intersection of dogs and human health. My canine  partner Junior is a Golden Retriever who is a retired therapy dog and full-time muse. We are proud to say we live in the great state of Texas.  Junior and I are Cub fans and enjoy supporting Golden Retriever Rescue, reading dog stories, and peanut butter- but not necessarily in that order.

Thank you for stopping by my site. After a period of challenges during the pandemic, I have come to a new appreciation of the comfort and support provided to us by our dogs. I hope you have a dog by your side as you read my blog and books, or at least a dog in your heart.

I am working on a new book about more notable pooches and more blog pieces in 2022 and sharing our journey. In the meantime, lets connect and keep our paws up.

Check out the menu at this page header to go to my blog.

Thanks for stopping by my site.

Peace, Love and Paws Up,

Jill and Junior

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jill’s Blog: where every dog has a story

Books, Writers and Stories Oh My!- A Day at The Lone Star Ink Writers Conference

  I spent a day at the  Lone Star Ink Writers Conference here in Dallas this weekend. It was a delightful mix of sessions for many genres with all levels of writers gathered to learn craft and develop community.     The best treat of all was the venue- it was held in a Public … Continue reading Books, Writers and Stories Oh My!- A Day at The Lone Star Ink Writers Conference

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Books, Writing, News


“Writing Dog By Dog





The Daily Junior Blog:

I hope you stop over and visit The Daily Junior Blog: On people, animals and mental health. Read  stories of the human-animal connection.  Part mindfulness, part mischief, part peanut butter. Winner of the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell award.



I was so proud to tell Bellin’s story in my article in Pet Partners Interactions magazine. Meet a rescued Texas Husky who returns the favor.

Pet Partners Interactions Magazine

No Dog Left Behind 

A story about  a Trip Before The Storm , Hurricane Ike, and a Golden Retriever who was not left behind.

Galveston, Texas


Dogs in Health Care: Pioneering Animal -Human Partnerships



Health Data Quest: How To  Find And  Use Data For Performance Improvement

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Bark Back

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