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About Nashville Paw

Nashville Paw Staff

Heather Dowdy, Founder & Publisher of Nashville Paw magazine, with staff photographer Amiee Stubbs and canine columnist Willie Fitzgerald. Photo by Christine Gibson.

A Magazine with a Mission

Nashville Paw is published six times per year.  Each issue 21,000+ copies are distributed free to the greater Nashville community at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter stores, as well as more than 300 high-traffic locations such as cafes, restaurants, spas and salons, condo communities, vet clinics, grooming shops, pet boutiques and more. Each issue is also direct mailed to a growing number of subscribers and is available on our website in digital format. In print and online, we connect with 50,000+ engaged, passionate and loyal pet lovers throughout Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties.

As Middle Tennessee's community pet magazine supporting animal rescue and welfare since 2006, Nashville Paw provides trusted resources and engaging content in every beautifully designed, full color issue as well as online and via our social media pages and email network. However, we are more than just a magazine. We are, at our core, a grassroots effort that is deeply committed to helping the animals across our community by empowering our readers to get involved and by actively uniting local animal lovers for our common cause. We host a variety of pet-friendly events throughout the year, have donated more than $50,000 in free advertising and have raised over $30,000 for local nonprofit animal welfare organizations to support local rescue, spay and neuter and more. 

In April 2011, on our 5th anniversary, we launched the Nashville Paw Foundation, a nonprofit organization to reduce pet overpopulation through the funding of effective spay and neuter programs and to promote animal welfare through positive community education.

Simply put, Nashville Paw is a powerful and united network of pet lovers and animal advocates just like yourself! We hope you’ll join us in our mission today!

Meet our Team

Heather Dowdy
Founder & Publisher

Heather launched Nashville Paw in April 2006 in an effort to support local animal rescue and welfare. She is also the founder of the Nashville Paw Foundation, which serves to reduce pet overpopulation through the funding of effective spay and neuter programs and to promote animal welfare through positive community education.

A longtime animal rescuer and advocate, Heather serves as a rescuer and emergency shelter manager for the national organization Animal Rescue Corps.

Heather has worked as a professional writer and editor for over a decade. Her feature articles have appeared in national pet magazines such as Animal Fair and Fido Friendly, as well as local magazines Nashville Lifestyles and Her Nashville. Her work is also featured in the hardback coffee table book, "Little Dogs: A Love Story", published by Hodder in 2006. She was honored to receive the 2007 Community Media Award from the Nashville Humane Association as well as to be named a winner in the 2011 Women of Influence Awards in the Nashville Business Journal.

She is grateful to share her heart with her husband Chris and their rescued dogs Shelby (a German Shepherd / Collie mix), Molly (a Chow Chow / Keeshond mix), and Briley, an American Pit Bull Terrier they rescued from euthanasia at a local shelter. You can reach Heather at .

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Lauren Finney
Art & Design Director

Lauren joined our team with our August 2011 issue. With an extensive background in the design and development of everything from museum exhibits to ad campaigns and publications, her signature clean, modern design brings beauty and functionality to our magazine. In addition to her incredible talents, Lauren is an avid animal lover and take care of local feral cats. For information on her design services, please visit her website.

Amiee Stubbs
Staff Photographer

Amiee is the Official Photographer for the Nashville Zoo and recently earned her degree in Photography from MTSU. A native Nashvillian, she lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Dan and their dogs Halpert, Beesley, Eva and Buster.  She donates a lot of time to Pit Bull awareness and other great animal welfare causes!  Amiee does much of our beautiful cover work as well as much of our event and editorial photography. Check out her portfolio at amieestubbs.com.

Marge Wild
Sales Account Manager

Marge is our Sales Account Manager as well as a longtime volunteer and animal advocate. She is the owner of Home Run Pet Care and serves as a volunteer for Animals Rescue Corps as well as a foster guardian for Agape Animal Rescue. In addition, she serves as a board member for our Nashville Paw Foundation. We are lucky to have her dedication and passion on our team! Email her at .

Emily Volman
Contributing Writer

A talented and dedicated contributor since our launch in 2006, Emily brings our readers stories that are both informative and entertaining. In addition to her writing, Emily is a singer, comedienne and screen writer. She lives in Franklin with her husband, Mark, and their dogs, Josie, Jasper and Ellie. For a sample of her work, please visit her website at emilyvolman.com.

Graham Curry
Contributing Writer

Graham is the writer of our newest column, "It's a Doggone World". He explores a variety of topics for our readers, from pet apps and doggie fashion to pet insurance and more. We are proud to have this great writer and animal lover on board!

Kat Martin
Contributing Writer

Kat  is the owner of Berry Hill based Dogs & Kat Dog Training and Behavioral Counseling as well as See Spot Eat: A Doggie Bakery. Look for her "Canine Corner" column in every issue for great tips for dog lovers! To learn more about her doggie bakery and training services, please visit seespoteat.com and dogsandkat.com.

Mark Waldrop, D.V.M.
Contributing Writer

Dr. Mark Waldrop is the owner of Nashville Cat Clinic. With over 23 years of feline veterinary experience, Dr. Waldrop continues to pursue his passion for helping our feline friends live long, healthy and happy lives. Look for his "Kitty Corner" column in every issue for tips on keeping your feline friends healthy and happy! Is is also the personal vet of publisher Heather Davis, and she can tell you first hand that he is THE most amazing feline doc! For more information, please visit nashvillecatclinic.com.

Pam Johnson-Bennett
Contributing Writer

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, a successful author and one of the most well-known experts on feline behavior. Visit her online at catbehaviorassociates.com.

Amanda Hardesty Allen
Contributing Writer

Amanda Hardesty Allen is a Nashville-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to Nashville Paw. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism, she specializes in feature writing. In addition to writing, she is on the board for her alumni association and loves to volunteer at her favorite organizations around town. She lives in the Sylvan Park area with her two dogs, Bigsby and Roxy.


Millie Brown, Chad Bryson, Kristy Carroll-Grimes, Janis Craig, Christine Gibson, Jill Hanson, Hing Hoskins, Stephanie McKee, Carol Medley-Herron, Meredith Robinson, Bob Rudolph, Cindy Rudolph, Pam Springer, Cheryl Stack, Lee Shropshire, Marge Wild, and Andrew Worsey

Interested in joining our team? If you are a writer or photographer, please view our Submission Guidelines; or, if you'd just like to lend a hand, please check out our page on volunteering! And don't forget, we offer great internships, too!

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