Award-winning journalist Tracey
Tong lives and writes in Ottawa, Ontario. The Burlington native, who longed to own a dog as a child but had to settle for a series of hamsters, fulfilled a lifelong dream when she adopted two dogs—Cujo the Chihuahua and Roland the Miniature Dachshund. A former daily news editor and media spokesperson, Tracey’s work has appeared in publications all over North America. This issue marks Tracey’s Modern Dog debut. Check out her story, The Dr. Dolittle of Pet Prosthetics, on page 38! Toronto-based Illustrator Ryan
Garcia is best known for his editorial work in The Wall Street Journal and
Scientific American, as well as WIRED magazine. With emphasis on flat colours and line-work, his artwork has been described as conceptual yet charmingly experimental. To relax from the hustle of illustration life, he enjoys visiting his mom and her two adorable dogs, Diesel and Bree. Most recently he was awarded Bronze in 3x3’s prestigious Professional-Illustration Annual competition. Flip to page 30 to see Ryan’s illustration exploring the musical tastes of dogs and find more of his work at ryangarcia.ca! Photographer Cassie Reniers lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband, daughter, two Pugs (because you can’t have just one), and a Pekingese who may or may not be part Wookie. When Cassie began fostering rescue dogs, she realized that high quality photographs could have a real impact in helping them get adopted. Working with rescue dogs has impacted her photography style and she loves to capture images of dogs with their people, making Cassie the perfect choice to photograph our Star Dog contest winner. See Cassie’s photos of Munster on page 94!