Thursday Spotlight – Animal Author Interview – My Animal Myself



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*What is the name of the book?
My latest book is My Animal My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other
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*Who is filling out this interview?
Marta Williams, the author

*What is your involvement with this book?
Author

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*How was the book started and what was your inspiration?

The idea for this book came about because as a practicing Animal Communicator I was seeing every day how the things that were going on with my animal clients were reflective of similar or identical issues occurring for their people. Over many years I realized that our animals reflect us in all aspects of our lives, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, but that the process is so subtle that no one sees it and no one has written about it or analyzed it. Therefore this book is a pioneer in its field.

*When was it released?
June 2013

*What is the cost of the book?
$15.95

*Who was it published by?
New World Library, Novato, CA

*Who was it written by?
Marta Williams

*Who was it illustrated by?
The pictures in the book were largely supplied by the people whose stories are featured

*Where can someone get a copy of this book?
My Animal My Self is available online, at bookstores and signed copies may be obtained from the author via her website  http://martawilliams.com/

*What is the book about?
Here is a review by Carol Upton… use all or part, but credit her

My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other
Marta Williams
New World Library, 2013
Trade Paperback / E-book, $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-60868-169-3
Available at www.martawilliams.com  or on Amazon
Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

“Animals will respond to your emotional state, even if you think you are hiding your feelings and not displaying them outwardly.  Animals are masters at connecting intuitively – they know everything we think and feel.” ~ Marta Williams

The focus of My Animal My Self is mirroring – the ways in which our animals reflect our own emotions, life situations, and even our physical state back to us. The premise behind the book is that animals know what we are thinking and feeling at all times; they cannot divorce themselves from our reality and so become inextricably involved in it.

This enlightening book reveals how our animals are frequently unrecognized healers and teachers for us. It is full of stories that will show you how animals mirror people: a cat who acted up when her person was working too hard, a horse who by being a bully helped her human learn to set boundaries in her life, a dog who helped his person heal emotionally, and a horse who was instrumental in getting a depressed woman to recommit to staying alive. Our animals can teach us how to live in the present, overcome fear, and be in our power. Author Marta Williams contends that if you search for it you can observe how your animals are showing you what is out of balance in your life – emotionally, mentally, physically and/or spiritually. Animal lovers looking for life-changing insight into the hidden aspects of their relationships with their animals will find what they seek in this indispensable book.

Williams offers a clear, detailed explanation of this little-understood dynamic, and gives the reader the analytical tools for discovering mirroring in animals, past and present, and for addressing any interactions that may be less than optimal.  She has created a book that leads us into one exciting discovery after another. The best part is that we don’t have to be professional animal communicators to access these remarkable gifts from our animals. What they are telling us about mirroring is clearly available with a little analysis on our part. Once we become aware of it, we will see it everywhere.

Through reading this book, those studying or practicing animal communication will expand their knowledge into a new world of deeper connection. All readers will discover what animals teach us through mirroring and how we can restore balance in our relationships with them. This book promises a consciousness shift that will surely change our lives and our animals’ lives, and possibly the life of our planet, for the better.

Marta Williams is a biologist, author and animal communicator who lives in Northern California. She teaches worldwide and via teleclass, and offers consultations for animals and their people by phone, Skype and email. My Animal My Self is Marta’s fourth book published by New World Library.

*How many pages is the book?
216

*What age group is the book targeted to?
Adults and teens

*Social Media Contacts (fill in):
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartaWilliamsAnimalCommunicator
Email: marta@martawilliams.com
Website: http://martawilliams.com/
Twitter: @MartaWms

*Marta’s Other Books:
-Learning Their Language
-Beyond Words
-Ask Your Animal

*Biography:
Marta Williams, a Biologist, Author, and Animal Communicator, has written four books on animal communication including, My Animal My Self, Ask Your Animal, Beyond Words, and Learning Their Language, She lives in Northern California, classes in person and via teleclass, travels to teach worldwide, and provides consultations for animals and their people by phone, Skype, and email. Website: www.martawilliams.com.

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Wagging Wednesday – LOST


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Lost Animal, words no one want to ever see. Here in Fort McMurray the facebook pages, bulletin boards and all over kijiji are plastered with missing animals. I as a overprotective dog mom would not sleep until my Rolo was found. I want to put on this blog post ways you can stop your animals from going missing or what to do if you animal does unfortunately go missing.

What can you as a responsible pet owner do to stop your animal from getting out. First off if you have a yard you should be inspecting it all the time to make sure there aren’t any dig holes or loose boards or items against the fence that allows the animal to jump up and over, you would be surprised how high animals can jump. As your animal is outside doing their business why not peek out the window and watch what they are up to, are they digging? trying to get out? leisurely walking around? or acting all crazy? Even thou Rolo would never run away I still always watch him to make sure he goes to the washroom while he it outside and make sure he doesnt get into anything.

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If you have an animal that likes to bolt out the door think about getting  a baby gate at your stairs and close it behind you before you open the door up, just as you would do with a walking or crawling child. Dont just do it once, do it every time you go to leave, someone comes over, make it a routine that’s how dogs learn faster, also use positive reinforcement with praise or treats to let them know they are doing a good job. Possibly in the future you may be able to take that gate down and your dog will know to stay there because if they do they will get praise or treats.

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If you have a cat that like to go outside and wander why not put a harness on it and put it on a leash doesn’t have to be a 6ft leash it can be a clothesline with a running leash attached or even a stake in the ground with a wire cord on it (you can purchase at walmart for cheap)
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Do you really want your animal out gallivanting in other people’s properties that might report it to your local animal control or take it in and you will never see it again? If that’s the case maybe you shouldnt have had an animal in the first place. If you animal is outside you should have a collar on it at all time with a city licence and a tag with your name and a phone number on it that works (can purchase at FMSPCA, Bone & Biscuit and many other animal stores). I have seen so many pets out with their parents without tag on them, I hope that they did another method of identification like microchipping or ear tattoo. All of these things can help your animal get back to you if it goes lost.
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What do you do when you notice your animal is missing. First off call your local animal control and report it, make sure you give an exact description (any significant marking, color of collar, approx weight, breed, name) Drop off a photo or email a photo too! If I was to report Rolo missing and say he was a german shep most people wouldn’t think he is a normal german shep as he has a completely different body type (which is the husky in him). So be specific! Go on social media and start posting photos (good ones not them wearing clothes or sleeping) an alert photo that shows the entire face and body is best. Make an account on petlynx and all your animal to it as it’s the most widely used missing pet website! It also allows your to print out a final copy where you can hang on bulliton board.

I really hope you share this page to enlighten people on how you CAN stop your animal from gettng out. Stop making excuses about your animal and do something about it. If you animal always likes to get out maybe look into some training classes or read up about how you can train your own animal.


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Tuesday Spotlight – Terry Cohoe


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*Your Name?
Terry Cohoe

*Where are you from?
Beamsville, Ontario, Canada

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
Libby, Rottweiler, 17 months

*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
She has the longest tongue of any dog I know and it always seems to be lolling out. She loves a good massage with coconut oil and essential oils. Also, she is always, always, always happy.

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
Hmmm,..she loves dried lung and fresh tripe, but her all time favourite is cheese. I’ve often said that if she gets away, I won’t call her name, I’ll just yell ‘cheeeeeeese’.

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
I will say “mommy kiss” and Libby will give me a great big wet smooch. (I guess that’s my favourite trick).

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
To grams’ house to lounge on the deck in the summer. Somebody is always dropping something yummy to eat.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Libby was the only dog we have had that was not adopted through rescue. We wanted to experience having a puppy and raising her from the start. Frankly, I love that girl to pieces, but we won’t be doing that again. We will go back to rescuing when we are ready to add to our family. We are also considering fostering

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
Libby is game for anything: hiking, obedience training, dog park, visiting grams’ house, you name it.

*Favorite Quote?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou

*Favorite website to get pet information?
Dogs Naturally Magazine

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Oh yeah, nothing better.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
Oh that’s a tough one. I love our Outward Hound backpack for hiking so Libby can carry her own water. There is also a 3-foot rope toy that is irreplaceable for a great game of tug. And a raised dog feeder so she doesn’t have to bend all the way to the ground to eat.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
There are so many dogs that are in unfortunate circumstances, obviously through no fault of their own. These dogs deserve to have a chance to live the rest of their lives in a happy situation. Fostering, sponsoring, dog walking, visiting are all ways to help a dog become more adoptable and in so doing, get him/her a step closer to adoption. We are planning on fostering in the future

*Anything extra you would like to add?
Libby is an avid Boston Bruins hockey fan and loves to curl up beside mom on game nights to watch them win. She is about to start her third round of obedience training and is working really hard on not jumping on people.

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Walk To Stop Animal Abuse April 13th, 2014


Yesterday was the 3rd annual Walk To Stop Animal Abuse and our 3rd time raising money for it. This year we decided not to do the actual walk but hangout at the start/finish and hand out cookies from the Bone & Biscuit- Thickwood to all of the people who finished. This year I am happy to say Rolo and I raised $520 for the Isabella Paws Fund which goes to the care of abused and neglected animals in the region. There was such a great turn out this year with so many people and dogs in sight. I am so excited to hear the announcement to how much money they raised at the walk! See you all next year!

Also if you suspect or see any form of animal abuse please don’t be scared and do report it, you could save that animal’s life! CALL 9-1-1 !!

Here are some photos from the walk yesterday!

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Fundraise Friday – PetValu Adoption Event & Walk to Stop Animal Abuse


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It’s the most beneficial day of the week, Fundraise Friday! This weekend there are 2 great events going on that if you happen to be in Fort McMurray you should attend! If you can’t attend theyre are always other ways you can help out like sign-up for the PAWS monthly donation program, it automatically donates an amount of money monthly to the FMSPCA in any denomination $5, 10, 50, 100 anything you want! Form is located here: http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca/index.php?area_id=1024&page_id=1131

First up we have the PetValu Adoption event. This Saturday from 10am-5pm the Fort McMurray SPCA will be live on location to answer your questions, help you find your perfect pet, sell shelter swag and so much more. I encourage you to stop on by!

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Have you driven past a Pet Valu Lately? I have and their windows have Blue paw prints plastered all over the windows! Those Paws represent someone who has donated money to their April Pet Appreciation Month Campaign. 100% of the proceeds stays in your community that you donate to. This is happening at all of the PetValu’s around the world so if you have one in your community stop by! I will be getting Rolo a blue paw print this weekend!

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Next up is Sunday which happens to be the Third Annual Walk To Stop Animal Abuse which will be taking place on the thickwood trails and starting at the Gazebo on Thicket Drive (map below). Help spread awareness of animal abuse and help put a STOP to it!!

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At 10am is registration, after will be speeches and then the walk will start at 11am down the thickwoodtrails. I would wear some type of boot as I’m not sure how the weather will be and could be a little mucky back there. Pledge forms can be found here: http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca/index.php?area_id=1025&page_id=1109&page_element_id=223&day=13&month=4&year=2014#element223 as well as at the event at registration (10am)

ALSO at this event you can stop by the registration table and get a teal ribbon! The FMSPCA is proudly participating in the national TEAL Campaign. Purchase a teal ribbon at our Walk to End Animal Abuse on Sunday April 13, 2014 or at the shelter and show you support adoption and a second chance for animals in our region. OPT TO ADOPT- all funds raised go directly to the FMSPCA
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Thursday Spotlight – Irene Brennan


*Your Name?
IRENE BRENNAN

*Where are you from?
HILTON NY (OUTSIDE OF ROCHESTER NY)

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
ZEKE, GOLDEN RETRIEVER, 10 YEARS OLD
REILLY, SUSSEX SPRINGER SPANIEL, 5 YEARS OLD

*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
-BOTH ARE EPILEPTIC.
-LOVE TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
-GO SWIMMING TWICE A WEEK IN AN INDOOR POOL (WEIGHT CONTROL)

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
ANY TREATS FROM WOOFIES DOG BAKERY

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
-ZEKE LIKES TO RETRIEVE BALLS
-REILLY LIKES TO PLAY TUG A WAR WITH ZEKE

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
THEY BOTH LOVE TO GO SWIMMING AND THE DOG PARK

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
WE RESCUED BOTH DOGS FROM PRIVATE OWNERS.

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
TRAVEL TO VARIOUS STATES AND STAY AT PET FRIENDLY BED AND BREAKFASTS.

*Favorite Quote?
YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET THE DOG YOU WANT BUT THE DOG YOU NEED.

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
YES

*What’s your favorite animal product?
MARIN TO HELP CLEANSE THEIR LIVER FROM THE ANTI-SEIZURE DRUGS

*Anything extra you would like to add?
THESE DOGS ARE THE LOVE OF OUR LIVES AND THEY ARE A REAL BLESSING TO HAVE.

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Reader Rescue Story: Zeke and Reilly
It takes a remarkable person to rescue a special-needs dog, let alone two dogs with special needs, but that’s exactly what Irene Brennan and her husband did. They took in a Golden Retriever suffering from Seizures, and when a Sussex Spaniel with the same problem needed a home, they stepped up again and gave that dog a loving furever home, too. We hope you enjoy reading their story as much as we did.

If you’re the pet parent of a rescued dog, we want to share your story, too. You just might inspire someone else to save a life! For information about submitting your rescue tale, Submit them here: http://www.ilovedogs.com/2012/03/hey-pet-parents-i-love-dogs-wants-to-hear-your-rescue-story/#.Ucx5Ajv2Yse

                       

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We Are Blessed to Have Two Special-Needs Dogs
By Irene Brennan

Our story begins in March 2008 when we rescued a 4-year-old Golden Retriever from a single-parent family that was hiding him in the basement of a “no pets allowed” apartment complex.

Zeke, as he is now named, was a wild child with no discipline whatsoever. He was born in an Amish puppy mill, so we had questions from the beginning.

About two months after taking Zeke into our home, he had his first seizure. We weren’t sure if he had a history of them prior to his coming into our lives, but it was the first time we had ever experienced anything like this. We had just lost our 6-year-old Golden Retriever to cancer.

Zeke was having seizures once a month, but they ranged from very mild to severe. We changed vets and found a holistic vet about a half hour from our home. Currently, Zeke is on a combination of Chinese herbs, phenobarbital and potassium bromide. At this time he has been seizure-free for three months.

In August 2011, we lost our 15-year-old Terrier mix, another rescue, who we had for eight years. Mickey and Zeke were best friends. Within a month, we decided to rescue another dog. We knew we wanted one with special needs. So after weeks of looking on Petfinder.com and the like, I found a rescue on Craigslist.com. The ad said, “Free to a good home, 2-year-old Sussex Spaniel mix. Has special needs — seizures.” Our thought was — one dog with seizures, two dogs with seizures — we can handle this.

Reilly was living in a foster home. His original owner was a workaholic who kept him in a crate for 10 to 12 hours at a stretch. When this owner had his home foreclosed and had to move in with his elderly parents, the dog was not wanted.

In May 2011, Reilly had his first seizure and was put on phenobarbital. By August of the same year, Reilly was given to a friend who had other dogs and cats. Within three days, he started to have seizures again. His foster parents tried adopting him out three times, and each time he was returned because he had seizures within days. When we contacted his foster home and they learned that we were familiar with this type of special-needs dog, they were thrilled. A match made in heaven.

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Our experience was limited to a dog with single seizures and now we have a new dog that has clusters of seizures. Big difference! Because of the number of seizures that Reilly was having, he was switched off phenobarbital to zonisamide. That worked for a while until we took both dogs on a road trip to Chicago and landed in the emergency room. The vet added potassium bromide to Reilly’s medication list.

That was just the beginning of our learning experiences with two dogs that suffer with seizures.

One day the two dogs got into a large loaf of white bread and then both had seizures within hours of each other. Then there was the time when Reilly had 10 seizures in 90 minutes. But knock on wood—he’s been seizure-free for almost a year now.

Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs, but they are the most loveable dogs and we wouldn’t change a thing. There’s a saying, “You may not get the dog you want, but you will get the dog you need.” We needed these dogs just as much as they needed us. They have brought such joy and happiness into our lives and the lives of our family and friends. God blessed us with Zeke and Reilly.


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Wagging Wednesday – Timeraiser TOMORROW


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Tomorrow April 10th, 2014 there will be a new twist to your regular silent auction you see at events all around town. Timeraiser is an art auction that people bid on art pieces by donating not money, but time (volunteer time). Last year more than 43 pieces were auctioned off with a total of 5605 volunteer hours accumulated! Each winner has 1 year to use their volunteer hours up that they bid. There will be booths set up at the timeraiser of local non-profit groups who need volunteers. As being apart of the FMSPCA I will be there running the Fort McMurray SPCA booth. Stop by and quiz me on how you can become a well-loved and much-needed volunteer for the shelter.

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You can purchase a ticket online before hand at:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wood-buffalo-timeraiser-tickets-10492871461

Where is this event taking place?
At Macdonald Island Park in the Community Art Gallery(ask front desk for actual location, I believe it is upstairs but not 100% sure)

The event starts at 7:00pm and ends around 9:00pm

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Become a volunteer today! It’s the most rewarding experience! On another note the FMSPCA is looking for volunteers for 2 events coming up, I will be at both events volunteering, so you should too!:

THE CATWALK -PRESENTED BY HELEN ARONG
Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFAF2FA3FA7-thecatwalk

DANCING WITH THE STARS WOOD BUFFALO -PRESENTED BY SUTTON GROUP FORT MCMURRAY
Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFAF2FA3FA7-dancing


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Tuesday Spotlight – Brianna Vass


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*Your Name?

Brianna Vass

*Where are you from?
We currently live in Tennessee, but adopted in other states.

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
We have 1 rescue chinchilla from Alaska, Athena, 2 year old female.
1 rescue Rhodesian Ridgeback from Alaska, Dori, 3 year old female.
1 rescue Rottweiler/Golden mix from Georgia, Blinner, 6 year old male.
1 puppy I kept from a litter, Brittany Spaniel/Lab mix, Hound, 10 year old female.

*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
We have had Blinner and Hound since they were puppies, but Athena & Dori were both rescued from extremely abusive & neglected situations. This being the case, they both suffer from medical issues. And had extreme trust issues. People tell us that we’re stupid for adopting “broken” animals, but if they could see the changes we have seen in them, I think they would understand why we give second chances.

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
Homemade doggy treats. You can literally see them start drooling as they’re baking in the oven.

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
We can hide toys from Blinner & tell him what to go get & he will find them.

Athena gives kisses & will walk on her little back legs for treats.

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Athena loves to play in the bathroom.

The dogs LOVE the dog park, walking around the neighborhood, & visiting with family.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
In my experience, I have seen it isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t realize there are typically underlying issues & they may have to deal with separation anxieties, re potty training, socialization issues, or unforeseen medical issues. BUT I do strongly encourage adopting a rescue. They appreciate the second chance and will do everything in their power to please you, earn your love, earn your trust & can be some of the most loyal creatures on Earth,

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
Walks, Parks, Fetch, Car Rides, Cuddles!

*Favorite Quote?
“Love is a four-legged word.”
“A true friend leave paw prints on your heart.”

*Favorite website to get pet information?
If we need help, we browse several pages, typically forums, so we can get varied/diverse responses.

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Yes! Even Athena loves road trips & getting out of the house for a bit.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
We highly appreciate Kong products. They are a lifesaver for furniture & floors when we both have to be at work.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
Most animal rescues/shelters do not have time to pay special attention to the animals in the building. They are not shown personal attention, love, or really anything other than food/water/potty breaks.

*Anything extra you would like to add?
At first I was extremely angry and heartbroken when i saw the shape Athena & Dori were in. Athena had been cast aside, labeled as a biter, & left alone in a glass box. Dori was left to sleep in a corner by herself, the only attempt to awaken her was to shove pills down her throat for her epilepsy. Then I took a different take on it. How is a broken heart or one full of anger going to help just watching it happen? Although I cannot save every animal left to fend for itself, hurt, confused, & lost, I had the abilities to save these two. To bring them into our home and show them what life should be like. With all the love, luxuries, & happiness they could possibly imagine. No one that would strike them out of anger or berate them over little things. And I know there are so many people out there that share my beliefs and that we don’t have enough resources to take care of all of them, but we can make all the difference for a few.

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Tuesday Spotlight – Bite This Book – Author Interview


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*What is the name of the book?
Bite This Book – the book you read to your dog
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*Who is filling out this interview?
Lony Ruhmann

*What is your involvement with this book?
I wrote it with my dog, Juve.

 *What is the book about?
Bite This Book is a book to be read to dogs (and children).  This 2,700 word (illustrated) book offers vignettes that are captivating to dogs (chasing squirrels, eating meat, giving and receiving love).  It utilizes words that dogs generally understand.  (According to most animal communicators, dogs understand over 60% of common human language.) Moreover, Bite This Book has an inner sweetness that communicates via the language of the heart.  Its warmth, fun and caring are meant to reach and uplift the very hearts of dogs and children alike.

*What gave you the idea to write stories specifically for dogs?
I saw how much value Juve got from reading to him, so I thought why not write something specifically for dogs, something they would like and understand. But when I sat down with Juve by my side, his thoughts and images kept coming into my head.  So, Bite this Book became a book about his thoughts and feelings.  Through the years, I have gotten the sense that Juve has a mission.  My job as his caretaker, friend and partner is to try to understand and support this mission.

*How do you know these are really Juve’s thoughts?
My wife looked at all the vignettes as I was writing them.  She is very intuitive and authentic.  Many times, she would say “no” to a word, phrase or concept and I would have to dig deeper.  Also, several animal communicators said I had gotten it right.

*What else have you written?
Stories for science fiction and horror movies, such as the upcoming The Night Visitor, The Girl and She Rises.

*What effects does reading to a dog have on dogs?
It is great for their self-esteem.  When you trust that the dogs will understand the story, they feel the trust.  It opens the door for better communication.

*Why should we all be reading to our dogs?
I would look at it as a graceful opportunity.  It is a terrific way to share.  They sense the intimacy.  It can show a dog in a new way that we are all connected.  As for humans, it can help us to relax.

*Are there any particular benefits for children?
In the States, there are, literally hundreds of reading programs where children read to dogs with such names as Reading Fur Fun and Barks and Books.  The intention of these programs is to improve the literacy skills of children.

There was a study done in Salt Lake City to examine the benefits of providing a dog assisted reading program.  The study consisted of ten children, ranging in age from five to nine years old, who were all reading below their grade level. Each student read once a week for 20 minutes with a dog. At the end of the 13-month study, each child’s reading score increased by at least two levels.

Children can get so much from reading to a dog: an appreciation of reading, an encouragement to read out loud, a listener who does not judge them, a connection with an animal, a new way of seeing, physical affection and unconditional love. 

*Have you ever organized such an event for children?
Yes and it was interesting to watch how distinctively different the children were in their reactions.  Some children were earnest in their approach, some laughed the entire time.  Some were strong readers, some less assured.  Some kids were highly comfortable, some may have never touched a dog in their life.  The great thing about such an event is that it meets the child wherever they are in their development and life.

I saw lots of huge smiles that day.  It was as if the communion between the kids and the dog allowed the children to relax more deeply and they found a solid, happy place within.

*In what ways does writing for a canine audience differ from writing for a human audience?
You have to keep the words and concepts simple.  Writing for humans is often mentally based.  The best way to write to a dog is to write to their spirit and to their heart.  They react to the intention of the words.

*What makes a good doggie story?
They say that the best food is the food that is cooked with love.  The best dog writing is writing written with love.  

*What are the key elements to include in doggie stories?
Things that make dogs happy and things that make them know they are loved.  Also, keep in mind that the dogs are not just responding to the words, but the feeling behind the words.

*When was it released?
2013

*What is the cost of the book?
Paperback, $9.89

*Who was it published by?
Mirror Publishing, Milwaukee, WI

ISBN: 978-1-61225-188-2

*Who was it written by?
Lony Ruhmann

*Who was it illustrated by?
Cover by Lisa Siegel & Illustrations by Pritali Joharapurkar

 *Where can someone get a copy of this book?
Amazon:

 http://www.amazon.com/Bite-this-Book-book-read/product-reviews/1612251889/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

*Has the book been reviewed?
Yes, here are a couple of short reviews:

 This is what they call a “deceptively simple” book: Small words, simple thoughts, big feelings. What’s happening inside the short, often rhyming lines of Bite This Book, short poems/songs narrated by Mr. Ruhmann’s dogs, is actually difficult to achieve, and it occurs very much on a spiritual level. Ever wonder what your dog is thinking or feeling? How he sees you, or what moves her? What her level of awareness is, or makes his mind focus? Mr. Ruhmann is one of those rare people capable not just of communing with his dogs but sharing the space their spirits occupy. It turns out to be a world that’s centered around you, but also one that’s far broader and deeper-a great reminder that, while they are our pets, it’s always their show:

Take me to the spooky place
That is very, very dark.
Take me to the spooky place
The real scary park.
I’ll be scared of nothing
No critters, hills or trees.
I will find the way home,
Just you wait and see.
Take me to the spooky place,
So scarey and so grave.
Take me to the spooky place,
I’ll show you I am brave.
–Ivan Solotaroff

It’s not often to come across something cutting edge, but here it is. A friend asked me to take a look at “Bite This Book” as they wanted to possibly introduce it to their 1st and 2nd graders this next semester. I breezed through it and realized at the end that I really needed to re-read it, so… I went next door to borrow a neighbor’s dog. We all sat together and I began to read this book out loud for all of us. My neighbor was charmed by it’s sweetness and simplicity and also became more aware of how a dog may see our world. But what surprised me was how the dog sat there ‘listening’, word for word. This may seem odd, but after I read the book my neighbor and I began to talk about what it might be like for our dogs to live in our worlds and… it seemed that her dog was following our conversation trying to help us understand from their perspective. Needless to say I went back to my friend and suggested that when she introduces this book to her 1st and 2nd graders that, if the school would allow it, maybe they could have a dog in the room with the kids. Building empathy bridges people, why not build greater empathy and appreciation between species? Lynn Weatherford – Bedri

*How many pages is the book?
36 pages

*What age group is the book targeted to?
All ages.

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Email: lruhmann@socal.rr.com
Website: www.bitethisbook.com


*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?
Yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? Yes, will be sending after this.

Lony Ruhmann - Lony Juve Child Photo

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