About Me & The Graffiti Dog
My name is Bernard Lima-Chavez. I share my life and bed with 2 deaf dogs, 2 hearing dogs, 6 cats and my husband. (Let’s pretend his name is Ricky Ricardo.) I’m pretty sure I’m hilarious- no matter how many times Ricky Ricardo rolls his eyes at me- and I love to use humor in my storytelling.
The Graffiti Dog focuses on deaf dog awareness, training and education, incorporating storytelling to connect emotionally with my readers. I work to increase deaf dog awareness and write about my personal experiences living with and training deaf dogs as well as safety, health and other educational content that will help deaf dog pet parents and their deaf dogs live rich, full, happy lives. Along the way, I also promote street art and street artists.
In addition to The Graffiti Dog, I am a freelance writer. My writing has appeared in many publications and websites, including The Huffington Post, Victoria Stilwell’s Positively.com, Nashville Paw Magazine, BlogPaws, Rise Miami News and Deaf Dogs Rock among others.
I have also appeared in the media, including “Collar of Duty” on Animal Planet Canada, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson and The Vegas Rock Dog Radio Show among others.
I am also a veterinary technician who worked for many years in shelter medicine. During my years working for an animal shelter, I held several roles: volunteer and then, upon completion of my veterinary technician education, I assumed the role of Shelter Veterinary Technician, followed by Lead Shelter Veterinary Technician, Foster Care and Enrichment Programs Coordinator and, lastly, Animal Care and Program Development Manager.
I have participated in several large-scale emergency sheltering cases for the ASPCA, including the second largest, multi-state dog fighting bust in U.S. history.
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“Dog & His Boy is a blog with a heart. Bernard gives a voice for the dogs who are deaf and beyond: He has a passion for canines and it shines in his blog posts. In a world full of blogs and stories that seem mundane, Dog & His Boy set the bark high with memorable, heartfelt pieces that will linger in your mind long after you’ve logged off.” ~ Carol Bryant, Fidose of Reality
“The minute I met Bernard I was impressed by his expertise, passion and love for animals. Since then, I’ve discovered how thoughtful, purposeful and thorough he is in his work. All of this on top of being a gifted writer! It’s always a pleasure to work with Bernard!” ~ Caroline Golon, High Paw Media
“Bernard’s passion for pets, especially for helping deaf dogs, is unparalleled. He is a joy to work wraffitidogith, and I’m blessed not only to call him a partner in the pet world, but also a friend.” ~ Dr Katy Nelson, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy
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