Mistaken Identity No More

Since graduating with a writing degree more than 10 years ago, I've had the occasional inquiry as to whether I am the Julie Szabo who writes for the New York Times magazine, New York Post and Country Living magazine. Sadly, no. That's Julia Szabo, and although we almost share the same name, she most certainly has the more glamorous writing portfolio. I did get the chance to work with Julia briefly when she was writing a pet column for the New York Post. Capulet client, Echo Memoirs, was making personalized pet books at the time and Julia wrote about the books in her column.

I think this case of mistaken identity is coming to an end though. Julia's real passion is dogs and she's writing more and more about them... so it's unlikely this pet-paranoid Julie Szabo will continue to be confused with doggie-loving Julia Szabo.

Julia and her colleagues (including Glen Close, yes another differentiator) have launched an online doggie community called Fetch Dog. The site is a resource for well-designed doggie gifts. It's got a Breeder selector application and an Adoption center. There's even a Cinematic Dog blog for movie hounds (sorry, I couldn't help myself).

Just for fun, I did try the slick Breeder selector. My ideal dog: the good mannered Labrador Retriever. Still, I think I'm more of a cat person.