Lisa Linke is best known for her role in Amazon Prime's comedy series, 'Successful People' and more recently, for her recurring role in the US adaptation of the UK hit TV show, 'Teachers'.
A huge dog lover, she volunteers at Downtown Dog Rescue and is the creator of the web series, 'Dog Moms', which is a parody on the Lifetime reality series 'Dance Moms'.
On the show, Lisa draws on the dogs of her past and present through her two rescue dogs, Zoey and Wrigley.
Catching up with K9 Magazine at the start of this year, Lisa shared seven special photos and the stories behind them, shining a light on the dogs who've changed her life.
'I’m about five or six in this photo, and I had just received stitches in my knee...Brandy was a great nanny'
'I’m about five or six in this photo, and I had just received stitches in my knee (look for the bandaid). What I remember about Brandy is that she was always a wonderful guard dog. She was a great nanny and protector.
'I can imagine that as I was crying and they took me to the hospital, she was upset, but happy as a clam once I was back. Look at that smile! Look at those huge paws!'
'Buddy and Foster introduced my family to having two dogs at once'
'Buddy (left) and Foster introduced my family to having two dogs at once. I now have two dogs and I think I always will. It’s fun to watch them have friendships and peccadillos with one another.
'They’re just like an old couple after they’ve been together a long time. But when you see them cuddling or playing together, it’s the best!'
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'This is Wrigley. I’d never had a dog on my own, and we were figuring each other out'
'This is Wrigley, my oldest pup, two or three days after I adopted him from Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. I’d never had a dog on my own, and we were figuring each other out. He had separation anxiety and we knew nothing of his previous situation.
'I always marvel at the fact that every hair seems to have a place on his face and knows exactly where it should go. He has such an expressive face and everywhere we go, people always ask if he’s part dingo or coyote. He’s definitely a Carolina Dog.'
'Zoey is my second dog. She laid her head on my lap and looked up at me and I was a goner'
'This is Zoey! This is the first picture I have of her. She is my second dog, and she’s in the car to be driven to my Dad’s house because they were looking for a dog. But, along the way, she laid her head on my lap and looked up at me and I was a goner.
'She’s truly a funny, sweet, silly girl and has brought so much joy to my life! I’m so glad she’s not my Dad’s dog, but stayed with Wrigley and me.'
'This picture hands in my living room'
'I love taking my dogs as many places as I can. They aren’t small (38 and 60 pounds respectively) but they love to get in the car and go. When we drove to Los Angeles from Chicago, we stopped at the Grand Canyon for a day.
'I waited in line to get them a picture on this rock. I am so happy I did it - it’s a gorgeous photo that I have up in my living room. I love that they’ve seen one of the natural wonders of the world! I think they just loved being able to go with us and be together 24/7. From hotel to car to walks to car to cool sights like this to the car to hotel and beyond.'
'At least he didn’t leave the mess and pretend that he had no idea what I was talking about!'
'Just a quick picture to remember thunderstorms from the Midwest. Wrigley hated thunderstorms. We tried everything. Thundershirt. Medication. Soothing music. Desensitisation with treats. Background noise. You name it, we tried it. But this smart little pup sensed when the barometric pressure changed, and there was no working around that.
'I was gone for twenty, maybe 30 minutes after a thunderstorm popped up in Chicago and came back to find this. Homeboy shredded a wicker basket. He was exhausted, and at least he didn’t leave the mess and pretend that he had no idea what I was talking about!'
'Yep. I’m that person'
'Yep. I’m that person. And I love it. But I feel like this look they’re sharing means they don’t love it as much as I do.'
'Dog Moms' is now streaming on Amazon Prime. See more of Wrigley, Zoey and Lisa on Instagram @itslinke