How I Met My Dog

Our Experts

Jodi Andersen

Jodi Andersen | Co-Founder

Jodi Andersen is a nationally recognized dog trainer who has devoted her career to strengthening the human/canine bond. She became a co-founder of How I Met My Dog™ to ensure that more people can find their canine soulmates.

In more than 25 years of working with clients, she has seen firsthand that people are much more likely to form deep, unbreakable bonds when they choose their dogs based on individual behavior and lifestyle criteria over breed and appearance.

Jodi is the author of THE LATCHKEY DOG (How The Way You Live Shapes The Behavior Of The Dog You Love). She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Discovery Channel.

Jodi lives on the north shore of Long Island, NY with her husband, Alan (whom she met on a human matching website) and their rescue dogs, Stella and Finn.

Alana Mahoney

Alana Mahoney | Manager of Shelter Partnerships and Rehomer Outreach

Alana Mahoney is an expert in helping shelter dogs find their best possible homes. At the Animal Rescue League of Boston, she supervised the intake department, managed the incoming population of animals, and worked to find alternative options for animals that were not sheltering well – particularly senior dogs. Alana is a board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition where she serves as Clerk on the Executive Committee.

Alana received her M.S. from Tufts in Animals and Public Policy in 2010. Her final project focused on the transfer procedures of dogs from southern shelters to northern rescue groups. Alana and her husband live in Massachusetts with three dogs (Linden, Derby and Wendy), two horses (Faze and Pumpkin) and cat (Princess Fiona).

Kelley Bollen

Kelley Bollen | Advisor

Kelley Bollen is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and a nationally recognized expert on behavioral care in animal shelters.

She is the founder of Animal Alliances, a consulting firm that advises shelters around the country on the design and implementation of behavioral health programs for the animals in their care.

Kelley is a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Animals for Public Policy at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts where she also serves on the Shelter Medicine Program’s Academic Steering Committee. She has served as Director of Behavior Programs for the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

She is a professional member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

Kelley’s beloved rescue dog Kye recently passed away at the age of 14. She is currently soul-searching for her next rescue dog. The only requirement is “perfect fit.”

Bonney Brown

Bonney Brown | Advisor

Bonney Brown is the President and Founder of Humane Network, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost consulting services to humane organizations and animal services agencies across the county.

She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a professor at the University of the Pacific Shelter Management Certificate Program.

Bonney has worked in the animal welfare field since 1991. Among her many honors, she is the recipient of the Maddie’s Fund Community Lifesaving Award, the Henry Bergh Leadership Award, and the NKAC Shelter Director of the Year Award.

Bonney was the Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society (NHS) for six years, where she led open-admission shelter handling of over 10,000 animals annually. During her tenure, the NHS sustained a 94% community-wide save rate and dramatically increased both dog and cat adoptions.

She has also served as Chief Operating Officer for Best Friends Animal Society.