Australian Shepherds are psychic. I put this fact to good use in my new novel, RED HOT LIBERTY, where Talisman the Australian Shepherd is called upon to communicate with a ghost in an event referred to as The Twilight Bone. So, when I asked Talisman to guest blog for me this week, I wasn’t surprised when she conducted an interview with a dog who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She asked her classic five pithy questions of Lassie’s daughter Lulu, whose person is famous actress Marina Anderson.
Okay, so my father wasn’t famous like Lulu’s, but I’m a famous dog with a bestselling book, so that makes me feel less intimidated by the fact today’s interview is with Lassie’s daughter. Yes, that Lassie! Lulu has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but since I’m psychic, this interview was easy. Lassie’s person is actress Marina Anderson, who loved Lulu so much she has an entire website devoted to her: www.luluthecollie.com
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.
Lulu: Oh, without a doubt I was here to help my owner, Marina. It is a karmic connection that goes way back. I was also here to help others. It was magical how people lit up when I trotted into a room. I loved making people smile. Especially in nursing homes. Marina always told me that I helped heal people. That was my mission, I’m sure. She told me I healed her pain and taught her total unconditional love and to gain her “self” back. She always put me first. I was her girl, she’d say. Wow! I did all that?
Talisman: Do you believe in a Divine Being?
Lulu: There’s no doubt in my mind. It guides us to the right people, circumstances to learn from and give to and why we are here.
Talisman: Were you afraid of death?
Lulu: I was more afraid of leaving Marina behind – how she’d be. She really needed me. And I needed her too. I stayed longer to make sure she would be ok. Was hard for her to let go.
Talisman: What do you want your legacy to be?
Lulu: As sister to Lassie IX, daughter to Lassie VIII, those are big paws to live up to. But I did have fun appearing in all those TV shows and films and the red carpet premiers and parties were great. I loved to have my picture taken! And bringing public attention to micro chipping and helping animal rescue organizations with their fundraisers was a blast! But what really matters to me is to be remembered as the Collie who championed reuniting owners with their beloved pets – getting them back together again after they’ve been separated or lost by getting them micro chipped. I want to be remembered as the one who brought love back together…back home.
Talisman: What gives you the greatest joy?
Lulu: STILL being able to be with my owner, Marina. I know it bothers her she can’t see me, but I know she can feel me around her. And of course doing my work on this side – still helping people find their pets. Love does make the world go round!
Born on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1998 in the Santa Clarita Valley, California, to father, LASSIE VIII, mother STAR, and Godfather Bob Weatherwax (owner and trainer of Lassie), LULU, a full-sized Collie, was adopted at eight weeks old by actress, Marina Anderson, who also trained Lulu.
Marina Anderson is a noted actress, voice-over artist, writer, producer, designer makeup artist, teacher acting coach and personal manager. For over 35 years, Marina has ventured in practically every facet of the entertainment industry in front of and behind the camera. Her new book about ex-husband David Carradine is titled, David Carradine, The Eye of My Tornado. Marina’s website is: www.marinaanderson.net
Talisman is just so darn good at communicating with the other side, that I am planning a prequel to her bestselling novella, SHOW DOG SINGS THE BLUES. It will expand the event referenced in RED HOT LIBERTY from her own perspective. THE TWILIGHT BONE will be the second installment of her new series of canine chick lit novellas! You can learn more at www.CanineChickLit.com
Photo of Marina and Lulu by Alan Weissman.
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.