“Do You Talk To Your Dogs?” Waggleview with International Best-selling author Stacey Rourke
Please read the Waggleview below to find out about this remarkable woman leader and her dog.
The Dog Owner:
International Best-selling author Stacey Rourke is the RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 as well as the Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
Dog(s) type and Name(s):
Boba and Sookie, both St. Bernards
Q: Why did you choose these dogs?
When I was a teenager my parents took me to Los Angeles on vacation. While we were there we went to Universal Studios and watched their animal show. They had their very own “Beethoven” that came out. The second I saw that big, smooshy teddy bear I fell in love with the breed. I knew someday, someway I would have a Saint someday. My first was a beautiful female named Billie, and she truly was my baby. After she passed at eleven years old I hated being without her so much that we brought not one, but two more into our family.
Q: Do you talk to your dogs? If so, what do you talk about?
All the time! We talk about everything. They’re great listeners!
Q: If they could talk to you, what would they say?
Boba would ask for a treat, then another, then another…
Sookie would ask me to stop working, sit down, and scratch her belly all the live long day.
Q: If your dogs had a job or career, what would they be doing?
Boba would be a cattle dog. He never stops running and moving! Sookie would be a rug or a professional snuggler, she’s much more subdued.
Q: What lesson in life have your dogs taught you?
That even the biggest softies can have a Kujo-like exterior.
Q: How do your dogs inspire you?
They love unconditionally. That alone is inspiring.
Q: Where is your dogs favorite place to go with you?
Out on the deck, laying in a sunbeam and getting their heads scratched!
Q: Who or what do your dogs find the most interesting?
My dogs are all about my kids. They consider them their puppies and spend their time watching over them like Nana from Peter Pan.
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?
Not cleaning up after their dogs. That’s so gross.
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?
These animals count on us for everything. We are their lives. A decision we made the very second we agreed to become pet owners. Therefore it is up to us to make their lives a good one! It’s up to us to love them, provide for them, and make ourselves deserving of the unconditional love they bestow on us.
Q: Do you ever dress up your dogs? If so, as what?
No, they’re too big! The best/worst I’ve ever done is put reindeer antlers on them.
Q: How have your dogs changed your life?
They center me, offer me a serene reminder that sometimes it’s okay to stop, relax, and scratch the head of a big dog.
Q: Do your dogs have a philosophy of life?
Nap often and take belly rubs whenever they’re offered.
Q: I love my dogs because they are big, sweet teddy bears.
Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dogs? If so, please share your recipe. I have not, but in my defense I don’t really cook for my kids either! 🙂
WAGGLEVIEWS: These interviews are focused on woman leaders in business, the community, or at home. My hope in doing this is to present remarkable and respected women in their community with their beloved pets. Who can resist reading about dogs and what these women do? This is a platform for women to display their talents; their own business, a new book, a deeply loved passion for a charity or their own job. It also shows their love for their dog!
Thank you Stacey for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview.
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Do you talk to your dogs?