Talisman is an Australian Shepherd from my RED HOT series of comic chick lit novels. In June, she will have her very own adventure in SHOW DOG SINGS THE BLUES. Although SHOW DOG is a comic canine chick lit novel, as I wrote it I was surprised by some powerful twists and turns the story took revealing that Talisman was not just another pretty face. Indeed, she turned out to be an amazingly noble character as she faced her own mortality and issues of honor and purpose. So, when I asked her to guest blog for me today, she surprised me again by being a serious reporter who asked pithy questions. Please enjoy her interview with Sadie, the dog whose person is famous dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.
Sadie is a gorgeous (and most certainly well-behaved) chocolate lab whose person is Victoria Stilwell. When I had the opportunity to chat with her, we discussed matters of cosmic importance. Did Devin mention that I’m not just another pretty face?
Talisman: I believe that, in the cosmic design, we animals are here to help people find their way. Presume I am correct (of course) and tell me what human you were born to help and what lesson you are here to help that person learn?
Sadie: It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally settled down with my true family. The youngest in the family was very scared of even happy dogs like me before I arrived, but I helped her get over that really quickly. So it seems pretty clear that my main purpose here is to continue to develop alongside her as she figures out all the crazy stuff those humans have to deal with.
Talisman: Do you believe in a Divine Being?
Sadie: I don’t know – never really thought about it. I guess there’s gotta be some kind of higher power, because the joy I feel when I’m out on a walk or when someone comes back home is not something I think any dog could really take credit for creating on their own.
Talisman: Are you afraid of death?
Sadie: You just gotta roll with it. I try not to get too bogged down in stuff that depresses me, so I choose to ignore that which I cannot change and celebrate whatever is I’ve got when I’ve got it.
Talisman: What do you want your legacy to be?
Sadie: To carve out a special place in the hearts of all those I lived with so that they can carry our joy with them wherever they go.
Talisman: What gives you the greatest joy?
Sadie: Walks, food games, tummy rubs, and getting wet. Oh, and during the springtime, licking my feet.
In her role as the host of Animal Planet’s hit TV series “It’s Me or the Dog,” Victoria Stilwell is able to share her insight and passion for positive, reward-based dog training. She is passionate about using positive reinforcement training methods that enhance a dog’s ability to learn while increasing confidence, resulting in a healthy, well-adjusted pet. She is firmly against the use of forceful, dominance-based training techniques which often result in ‘quick fixes’ but ultimately cause more long-term harm than good. Victoria has a particular fondness for rescue animals in need of behavior rehabilitation, and has devoted much of her time and energy to a number of animal rescue organizations. Her website is www.postively.com
Photo courtesy of Victoria Stilwell Enterprises, LLC.
Copyright © 2011 by Devin O’Branagan
Devin O’Branagan is the author of the RED HOT novels, a hilarious chick-lit series, and the legend of GLORY, a young adult vampire series. Devin is crazy passionate about animals and her books abound with marvelous four-legged characters. Devin is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and lives in Colorado.