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Gemma Johnstone

location-pin Courmayeur, Valle d'Aosta, Italy

School: Queen Margaret University

Expertise: pets, gardening, sustainability

Gemma Johnstone

  • Regular contributor to the American Kennel Club, Family Handyman, Better Homes & Gardens and The Spruce
  • Worked for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and ran her own dog business, Just Dogs, for more than 10 years
  • Volunteers for several local dog-rescue organizations


Gemma covers pets, home, garden and other lifestyle topics for Reader's Digest. She has written hundreds of how-to guides and regularly contributes to top publications such as the American Kennel Club, Better Homes & Gardens and The Spruce. In her spare time, Gemma hikes with her rescue dog in the Italian Alps, where she's based, and tends to her prized plant collection.


Queen Margaret University BA, Communication and Media Studies


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