Best Of 2007

BEST DOG TRAINER: Lisa Lombardo of Bark & Browse

Her husky voice has a touch of Harvey Fierstein in it; she’s more dog rasper than dog whisperer. But when she leads her Canine Connection obedience classes, Lisa Lombardo’s distinctive timbre carries instant authority. She’s tough but empathetic, training owners along with their dogs and dealing effectively with all behaviors, from rowdy to reserved. She also possesses a wealth of information about collars, nutrition, treats and toys — which is no surprise, since she’s co-owner of Gulfport’s Mecca for pet owners, the well-stocked Bark and Browse.