Gemma Johnstone

Gemma Johnstone

Gemma is a freelance writer with 15 years of experience working in the pet industry.  She is particularly passionate about animal welfare and canine behavior.

  • 15 years experience in the pet industry
  • Ran her own dog business for 10 years
  • Working on gaining an advanced diploma in canine behavior


With a lifelong love of animals, Gemma was thrilled when she got the opportunity to work for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals back in 2005. She then went on to run her own dog business, Just Dogs, in Edinburgh for 10 years and enjoyed fundraising and volunteering for a number of local dog rescues.

Since then, she has been traveling around Europe with her rescue dog Annie, writing for pet-related publications and those with an environmental slant, and updating her own personal travel blog.


Gemma has a degree in communication studies and is currently studying towards gaining an advanced diploma in canine behaviour.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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