Wendy Diamond at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City on May 14, 2011
August 24, 1970
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pine Manor College, Associate's degree, 1992|
Founder of many pet-related businesses
Wendy E. Diamond (born August 24, 1973 in Ohio) is an American author of two cookbooks, reality television personality, and founder of many pet-related businesses, including Animal Fair magazine, Paws For Style, a pet fashion show, and Yappy Hour, a nationwide tour that hosts parties for singles and their dogs.
Early life and education
While volunteering at the Coalition for the Homeless, she met Peter Jennings and launched two cookbooks which raised over two hundred thousand dollars for homeless charities. The first, A Musical Feast, features the recipes of musical artists such as Madonna and Steven Tyler. The second was called An All-Star Feast, which features the favorite meals of various athletes, including Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter.
Diamond's volunteering with the Coalition for the Homeless inspired her to turn her focus towards homeless animals. She adopted her Russian Blue cat Pasha from The Animal Care and Control facility in New York City. She later adopted her Maltese, Lucky. Soon after that, she conceived, created and founded Animal Fair, the first ever pet lifestyle media company.
Animal Fair magazine
The magazine is the first lifestyle magazine for animal lovers in support of animal rescue. Each issue of Animal Fair is dedicated to highlighting non-profit animal organizations, providing pet parenting and health tips, and showcasing celebrities and their pets. Renée Zellweger appeared on the cover of the premiere issue in 1999, and since then celebrities including Beyoncé Knowles, Halle Berry, Regis Philbin, Charlize Theron, Pamela Anderson, Ashley Tisdale, Shania Twain, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Serena Williams, Kim Cattrall, Matt Leinart, Hilary Duff, Eric McCormack, Kristen Bell, Bo Derek, Diane Lane, Alicia Silverstone, Hayden Panettiere and LeAnn Rimes have all appeared on the cover with their pets.
In 2003 the magazine teamed up with Cesar Canine Cuisine to introduce the Cesar Five Dog Bones Awards, an annual awards competition for establishments that cater to pets. Winners are voted for by Animal Fair readers each year. The awards are broken down into seven categories: Destination, Airline, Automobile, Hotel, Product, Resort, and Shelter. Past winners have included Continental Airlines, New York City, Volvo and The Humane Society of Louisiana.
Diamond has done numerous television series including Single in the City on the WE: Women's Entertainment network, Lucky Travels on Animal Planet and Relationship Rehab on the Style Network. She frequently contributes to Today, Fox News Channel, CNN, Good Morning America and has appeared in countless other media outlets worldwide, including The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra (TV series), Forbes, The New York Times, People, Vogue, MTV, VH1, and E!. She has been dubbed by The New Yorker as the "Martha Stewart of the Milk and Bone dish", New York Post called her the "Pet Diva", and Forbes dubbed her the "Canine Queen."
In Summer 2008, Diamond was featured as one of the judges of the summer CBS prime-time series Greatest American Dog alongside Victoria Stilwell and American Kennel Club board member, Allan Reznick.
Diamond is scheduled to serve as a judge alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Betty White for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards airing on The Hallmark Channel on November 8, 2011 at 8 pm ET/PT
Diamond's production company Lucky Diamond Productions are Executive Producers and Creator of the pilot for NBC Mutt Makeover, Executive Producer and Host of Paws for Style Special on Fox. Lucky Diamond Production's latest project is In Search Of Puppy Love, a docucomedy that premiered at the Boston Film Festival and also played at the Cancun International Film Festival. The film is based on Wendy's Yappy Hour Rescue Tour that raised over $200,000 for animal rescue and features celebrity appearances and interviews with Warren Beatty, Hugh Hefner, Jeremy Piven, Paula Abdul, Kathy Griffin, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Betty White, Fred Willard, Delta Burke, Moby, Aaron Pike, and many others. A date for wider release is pending.
Diamond was appointed to the World Entrepreneurs Day Advisory Board in March 2010 as Chief Pet Officer She later spoke at the World Entrepreneur's Day kickoff on April 14 at the UN. She later founded the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, held annually on November 19th, with the first day held in 2014.
Diamond and her dog, Lucky, served as the celebrity Grand Marshals for the 2010 Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade on February 7, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Diamond also co-chaired and hosted the unveiling of the Katrina Pet Memorial for animals affected by Hurricane Katrina
Diamond also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Achievers, provided by the People's Foundation where she works to advance the UN's goals to, in partnership with like-minded organizations, advance personal and social development, new economics and business models, humanitarian entrepreneurship, living system solutions, environmental sustainability, and solutions for the Millennium Development Goals.
On June 12, 2010 Diamond spoke at the H+ Summit (an event considering issues within transhumanism) hosted by the student organization Harvard College Future Society in conjunction with Humanity+. Her talk examined her projections for the future of pets and the pet industry.
In November 2011, Lucky Diamond won the Guinness World Record for most photographed dog with celebrities. At that date, Lucky had taken a total of 363 photos with celebrities. When asked what Lucky's win means to her, Diamond put it in the larger context of animal rescue: "This record isn't really about Lucky or even the celebrities, but the inspiring message that people can adopt their own Lucky and one day there won't be any more homeless pets!"
- Diamond, Wendy (1995). A Musical Feast. Diane Pub Co. ISBN 978-0-7881-6014-1.
- Diamond, Wendy (1997). An All-Star Feast. Global Liaisons Inc. ISBN 978-0-9647316-1-5.
- Diamond, Wendy; Perilli, Marilena (2006). How to Understand Men Through Their Dogs. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ISBN 978-1-4027-3096-2.
- Diamond, Wendy; Perilli, Marilena (2006). How to Understand Women Through Their Cats. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ISBN 978-1-4027-3095-5.
- Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor; Newmark, Amy (2009). Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat. ISBN 978-1-935096-37-5. (Forward by Wendy Diamond)
- Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor; Newmark, Amy (2009). Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog. ISBN 978-1-935096-38-2. (Forward by Wendy Diamond)
- Diamond, Wendy (2010). It's a Dog's World. Random House. ISBN 978-0-345-51692-3.
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