Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rachel & Macy

Who is in the photo at right?

Hello! I'm Rachel, a creative blogger at Like a Saturday, and this is Macy -- our 5 year old mini-schnauzer.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

I'm working on my blog schedule and events for the remainder of the year with my trusty assistant (read: master snuggler) by my side.

What's brewing?

I brewed French Market Coffee & Chicory in the French press. It is now in my favorite mug with just a bit of cream and hazelnut syrup.

Any treats for you or Macy on this occasion?

Macy loves her veggies. She's been chomping on a kale stalk.

How did Macy get her name? Any nicknames?

Macy came to us already named. She has a whole variety of nicknames, depending on the occasion. She usually only gets the full name treatment when she gets in trouble for barking at the air.

How were you and your dog united?

A former coworker was having to find new homes for her pets, including Macy, due to a family member's health issues. We adopted her when she was just over a year old.

Who is Macy's best pet-pal?

Once you cross the threshold, you are a friend. My parents have two mini-schnauzers as well, Sam and Tucker. Macy is about 1/3 of their size, but she's the boss lady. She loves play time with the boys. The jury is still out on her new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy cousin, Milo.

Where is Macy's favorite outdoor destination?

We have a fabulous new dog park in our community. There are so many new friends and so much sniffing to be had.

Squeaky toy, ball, stick...?

Tennis ball, giant squeaky Loofa dog, and a tiny stuffed duck.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

...neighbors, children, air. Schnauzers love to bark at anything and anyone who passes by.

What is Macy's best quality?

Macy is a love bug. She's very friendly and always ready for a cuddle-fest with whoever will join in.

If Macy could change one thing about you, what would it be?

She would have me stay home all day. Snuggled up in bed until 10, snuggled up on the couch till 5, a trip to the dog park, and then back to the couch until it's time for bed.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Macy could speak, which actor should do her voice?

Hmm...maybe Zooey Deschanel?

If Macy could answer only one question in English, what would you ask her?

What in the world is going on in that cute little head of hers.

Visit Rachel's Like a Saturday blog.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, August 18, 2014

Raven Patterson & Charlie

Who is in the photo at right?

I’m Raven Patterson, a University of Tennessee graduate (Go Vols!). I’m a part-time assistant manager for The Orvis Company and beauty and lifestyle blogger at Heels and Harmony.

Charlie is a male 7-9 year old Yorkie.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Charlie and I have coffee together every morning. It’s a nice routine.

What's brewing?

Starbucks Blonde Roast via the Keurig.

Any treats for you or Charlie on this occasion?

Charlie is enjoying a bacon and cheese biscuit treat from Three Dogs Bakery in Asheville, North Carolina.

How were you and Charlie united?

Charlie was brought into my husband’s office by a co-worker who found him wandering through her neighborhood. He was a stray, and she couldn’t take him in, so we did!

How did your dog get his name? Any aliases?

Charlie got his name via a Facebook poll from our friends and family, although he rarely gets called Charlie. He is also fondly known as Baby Charlie (my favorite), Chuck Sandwich, Chuck Taylor, Chuck Berry, and Charlie Brown Boots.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

Charlie likes to play with our cat, Rosie. Although, for her, it’s more of a toleration.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Charlie is missing his front teeth from not being taken care of for so long, so he prefers soft plush toys that feel good on his gums.

Where is Charlie's favorite outdoor destination?

Charlie’s new favorite outdoor destination is downtown Asheville. It’s very dog friendly. He especially enjoys watching the street performers.

Who is Charlie's best pet-pal?

Charlie is very friendly with everyone he meets, especially the ladies.

He’s a real sweetheart, but he follows me like a shadow everywhere.

What is Charlie's best quality?

Charlie is very loyal and protective. Like I said, he literally follows me everywhere. If I leave the room just to grab something, he’s right there with me.

If Charlie could answer only one question in English, what would you ask him?

Since Charlie was a stray, I’d ask him about his past and where he came from.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Charlie could speak, who should voice him?

I love this question! I imagine Charlie having a quirky little voice since he’s so tiny. I think Billy Crystal would be a great candidate to voice Charlie.

Visit the Heels and Harmony blog.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brooke Gaynes & Oliver

Who is in the photo at right?

Hello! My name is Brooke Gaynes, and when I'm not working in human genetic research, I write for different outdoor women's blogs.

Oliver is my 5 year old border collie, and helps me research the different topics I write about. He comes mountain biking, climbing, hiking, and trail running (and sometimes even skiing) with me on a daily basis.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Today is a holiday in Utah, where we celebrate the Mormon pioneers that settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

Ollie and I talked my husband into a fun afternoon of hiking, climbing, and swimming in alpine lakes.

What's brewing?

Today we have fruit punch flavored Gatorade on our hike!

Any treats for you or Oliver on this occasion?

I'm enjoying some pistachio chewy bites, and Ollie is helping himself to some peanut butter and ritz (a special treat for hikes only).

How did your dog get his name? Any nicknames?

Since I love Charles Dickens, I named Ollie after Oliver Twist when we adopted him. He was a skinny, scraggly orphan when we adopted him, but had lots of energy and big smiles from day one!

How were you and Oliver united?

I was looking to adopt a dog, and had visited several shelters in my area. Although I had seen many adorable dogs, the moment I met Oliver it was love at first sight. The connection was strong and immediate. I adopted him on the spot, and called my husband to tell him the news on the drive home.

Who is Oliver's best pet-pal?

Ollie loves mountain biking dates with my friend Hannah, and her German shortair, Milo.

Where is Oliver's favorite outdoor destination?

Although Oliver loves any outdoor destination, his favorite ones involve open trails and large bodies of water! Notch lake, in the Uintas is our favorite!

Do you and Oliver ever run into interesting critters on your runs and hikes?

All the time! Oliver curiously studies tarantulas, and has made friends with a few coyotes on the trail.

Squeaky toy, ball, stick...?

Anything that gets thrown! He has a favorite stuffed fox that he carries around the house and uses as a pillow.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

Anything that runs! Ollie will chase it!

What is Oliver's best quality?

Oliver's best quality is his love for his family.

On our bike rides, Oliver occupies himself between constantly running between his mama and his pop to make sure we are both okay (I am usually several hundred feet behind John).

Ollie likes to follow his mom everywhere, and is very sensitive to her feelings.

If Oliver could change one thing about Salt Lakers, what would it be?

Oliver loves living in a dog friendly city like Salt Lake City!

He would like to see more watering spots at the dry trail heads though!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which Oliver could speak, which actor should do his voice?

Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.

If Oliver could answer only one question in English, what would you ask him?

I'd ask Oliver what the secret is to always being so happy, so forgiving, and so patient.

Follow Brooke Gaynes on Instagram, Twitter, and the Outdoor Women's Alliance.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jillian Kronberg & Riley and Roscoe

Who is in the photo at right?

That is me, Jillian Kronberg, and my 7-year old Chihuahua, Riley, doing what he loves best. Snuggling. His brother Roscoe, a one year old German Shepherd, is usually on the bed too, but he's a foot-of-the-bed kinda guy.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

We are editing a blog post on my new blog, Broke Mommy, Chic Mommy. My boys enjoy a morning nap underneath the kitchen table.

What's brewing?

Mango Green Tea from a local tea shop called Green Leaf & Pebble.

Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?

Nope. Just nappies.

How did your dogs get their names? Any aliases?

Riley was the only name my fiance and I could come to an agreement on.

Roscoe was named by my 5-year old daughter.

How were you and your dogs united?

Riley was a surprise Christmas present early in my and my fiance's relationship.

Roscoe is for Chloe to play with (since Riley is kind of a crabby old guy now).

Squirrel, postman, cat....?

For Roscoe, all of the above, anything that breathes or may blow in the wind is fair game for getting barked at.

Riley just hates the doorbell.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Roscoe loves his tennis balls. If he's outside, one is probably in his mouth.

Riley will beat up the occasional stinky sock.

Where do your dogs most like to head to for outings?

Grandma's house with the big backyard is a favorite, as is long walks at the local park.

Riley is happy to just ride shotgun in the stroller with Chloe.

Who are your dogs' best pet-pals?

Each other. And of course, their human sister, Chloe. At dinner time it's me.

What is each dog's best quality?

Riley is a great snuggler and lap warmer. If there is a blanket, pillow, or pile of laundry, Riley will warm it for you.

Roscoe is an excellent watch dog. He is very protective of all of us but one of the sweetest, most gentle dogs I know.

If your dogs could change one thing about Virginians, what would it be?

Make the beach dog-friendly the entire year, not just after tourist season.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which your dogs could speak, which actors should do their voices?

Roscoe would be Finn and Riley would be Jake from Adventure Time. They are that goofy.

If your dogs could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?

I would ask Roscoe why is it so hard to walk calmly to the car, get in and ride quietly to our destination. Not every "bye-bye" has to be a circus. Geez.

I would ask Riley how he really feels about Roscoe.

Visit the Broke Mommy, Chic Mommy blog.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Savannah Miller & Lucy, Rufus, and Emma

Who is in the photo at right?

This is a photo of me, Savannah Miller, and my dog Lucy! I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 amazing little boys and the owner of The Simply Me blog. Lucy is a female black lab. She is 8 years old I got her in the summer of 2006 right after I graduated high school.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

My hubby and boys went to a Reading Phillies game so I had some alone time. I decided to talk Lucy for a walk and picnic.

What's brewing?

Seattle's Best Frozen coffee. It was hot outside when we had our coffee date I wanted something to cool down.

Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?

Oreos for me and Beneful bake delights for Lucy.

How did your dogs get their names? Any aliases?

Growing up I loved the show I Love Lucy. That is how Lucy got her name. Emma my beagle was named by my hubby and Rufus my puggle was named after the bear my hubby gave me for our first V-Day. My kids like playing with the bear so they decided to call their puppy Rufus. They do have some Aliases:

Lucy - Luey, LuLu Bell, Delilah and pretty girl.

Emma - Emma-Jemma.

Rufus - Rufeo.

How were you and your dogs united?

My younger brother came home with a black lab puppy and said our neighbor was given them away for free. I had just rescued Rocky from a shelter (passed away in 2012) and he needed a lot of work; he was abused, so I wasn't ready for another dog just yet. I did want to see the puppies though. My hubby and I (at the time just boyfriend and girlfriend) went to see them and this hyper little runt would not leave us alone. She jumped all over my hubby ran back and forth to get our attention. At the time her ears were to big for her body; she was adorable and just stole our hearts. I knew she had to come home with me!! The saying is true: dogs choose us. The best part was she was perfect for Rocky -- they were best friends and did everything together. She taught him to trust and love again.

My hubby got Emma from his dad. And after Rocky passed away my kiddos were heartbroken. It took us several months, but we decided that Rocky wouldn’t want us heartbroken, that he would want us to love another pup and give them a good home. So we got Rufus: he was the last pup left in his litter.

Squirrel, postman, cat...?

Squirrels -- my pups go nuts whenever one gets to close to the porch.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Squeaky toy.

Where do your dogs most like to head to for outings?

Lucy likes to swim so I take her to the lake and my dad's pool. Emma gets to hunt with my hubby, and Rufus spends his days playing fetch with my kids.

Who are your dogs' best pet-pals?

My kids -- Lucy and Rufus adore them. Emma is happy as long as they leave her alone. And we do have a cat named Jekyll; they let her hang out with them, but only when she promises not to bat at their wagging tails or try to catch their tongues when they are panting.

What is each dog's best quality?

Lucy is loyal and makes everyone feel unconditionally loved.

Rufus is always happy and can make anyone laugh.

And Emma is the best behaved and the least hyper.

If your dogs could change one thing about you, what would it be?

Maybe that I always oversleep! They come into my room and poke me with their cold noses enough to let me know they want me up.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which your dogs could speak, which actors should do their voices?

Emma is easiest she would be Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. She is always kinda sluggish and never in a rush. Eeyore’s voice would be perfect for her.

Lucy is silly and a bit hyper so I would pick Lisa Kudrow; she reminds me of Phoebe on Friends sometimes. Silly and lovable and always sounds happy when she talks.

And finally Rufus: as much as I love him I swear there isn't much going on in his head. When my hubby and I watch Game of Thrones I always say Hordor reminds me of Rufus. My kids disagree though: I asked them who should do his voice and they said Olaf from Frozen.

If your dogs could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?

I would make sure to ask if they are happy and feel loved.

Visit The Simply Me blog.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ellen Cooney & Andy, Skip, and Maxine

Who is in the photo at right?

I’m Ellen Cooney, a novelist. My dogs are Andy, golden retriever, 8; Skip, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, 7, and Maxine, chocolate lab/wire haired terrier, almost 2.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

I’m happy about the publication of my novel about an animal sanctuary for rescued dogs, where a young woman enters a program to become a dog trainer and discovers that the dogs aren’t the only ones with a chance for healing and a better future. It’s called The Mountaintop School For Dogs And Other Second Chances, out this month with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What's brewing?

A big take-out latte from an indie coffee shop about a 20-minute drive each way is a once a week treat—it’s pretty rural around here. If I’m out and about in another town, farther off, there’s a Starbucks with a drive-up window: latte for me, and for the dogs, bowls of whipped cream squirted on ice cubes. They love sticking their heads out the car window, like they’re placing the order themselves.

Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?

In the photo [below right] of my three, they are sitting so nicely! They’re about to get cookies I made for them with oatmeal, peanut butter, apples, and rice. The other photo is of them [photo left] with the baking dish after the cookies came out. I only use this baking dish for their treats, so it’s very special.

How did your dogs get their names? Any aliases?

Andy is for the boy doll in the first book I ever loved as a child: The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Skip is for a human Skip, a wonderful man who’s the husband of the woman who arranged for Andy to be my dog. Maxine is for a beloved cat named Max who died a long time ago, but he was quite an unforgettable character. They are also known as Honey Bear (Andy); Little Guy (Skip) and Sweetie Girl (Maxine).

How were you and your dogs united?

Andy came to me from a breeder who had wanted him to be a show dog; he’s descended from a long line of champions—but he turned out too big for that world and yay for me! Skip is from a golden retriever rescue group in Tennessee, and Maxine is from a rescue group in Louisiana. Both of these groups arrange adoptions and transport to homes in the northeast.

How do your dogs help--or hinder--your writing?

Andy loves to have me read aloud to him! He swipes me with his paw if he feels I read too little for that day. Skip and Maxine both hang out in my room while I’m writing, even though I keep telling them I would rather be alone. Sometimes I’m very annoyed when I forget they’re with me and they suddenly start barking at who knows what they see out the window. I make them leave but of course they just sit outside the door like their hearts are broken.

Have any actual dogs inspired fictional dogs in your writing?

All my three were deep, important inspirations for Mountaintop. There’s a golden in the novel who’s based on Andy, although the fictional one is much older. Many things that happened with Skip as I was heavily involved with him as his trainer made their way into the novel. As for Maxine, the book was finished when I adopted her—but I know she’s going to turn up in the next one.

Squirrel, postman, cat....?

We live coastal Maine. My dogs and I beach-walk almost every day. Andy falls in love with every seal he spots, and he wants to swim way out to hang around with them. Maxine wants to catch ducks and sea gulls. Skip is totally a tennis ball guy; in fact he’s a genius at finding tennis balls, even if they’re buried in sand.

Who are your dogs' best pet-pals?

They are best friends with each other, especially Andy and Maxine. Skip is more of a solitary kind of guy. But my dogs love meeting other dogs, except, at the moment, Maxine, who’s going through a phase of being fierce and thinking that strange animals are like dangerous aliens she needs to tangle with (we’re working on that).

What is each dog's best quality?

Andy: that golden retriever thing of being brilliant at showing affection. Skip: intuition. He’s incredible at sensing moods, and he’s always hyper-aware of what’s going on; he’s out guard dog, which he takes very seriously. Maxine: she’s complicated and very defensive, but she is often just so happy with everything! She lived all her previous life confined in a high-kill animal shelter and now she’s, “Oh my God, you filled the water bowl! You’re giving me a cookie! You’re loving me!”

If your dogs could change one thing about Mainers, what would it be?

They would like to change what Maine fishermen do with the contents of bait buckets. My dogs believe fisherman should offer their bait to them (and also any fish they’ve caught).

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which your dogs could speak, which actors should do their voices?

Andy’s movie voice should be Matt Damon or maybe Robert Redford. Skip should be Sean Penn. For Maxine, Sigourney Weaver, absolutely.

If your dogs could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?

I would have to ask a question that doesn’t include Andy, who wasn’t a rescued dog and didn’t have a traumatic past. I would ask Skip and Maxine if they have any bad memories that haven’t been wiped out yet and, if so, how can I help wipe them out?

Visit Ellen Cooney's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kristen & Hailey and Zaphod

Who is in the photo at right?

Me: Kristen - I work with individuals with autism and related disorders.

My dogs are: Hailey: The mystery mutt - female, aged 4.5; Zaphod: The Shepherd mix - male - about 3.

[photo right: Kristen and Zaphod]

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Today's occasion is I have just wrapped up my last work project before 2 weeks of vacation, so let's get this vacation started and enjoy our lovely yard.

What's brewing?

I don't drink coffee - I am a tea drinker -today's cup is a Lipton Lemon Ginger. I love herbal teas.

Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?

Not today - they will chew on grass in the yard while I drink it.

How did your dogs get their names? Any aliases?

Both dogs were given their names by the people who rescued them and we kept them.

Hailey - we don't know the origins, but she goes by Hail, Lee, Leelee, MeeMee and Meep.

Zaphod was found as a stray walking down the highway, which made the lady who rescued him think of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, so that is how he became Zaphod. He goes by Phod, Phody, Phoderick von Licketenstein and of course Zaphod Beeblebrox.

How were you and your dogs united?

Both are from Catahoula Rescue Ontario (although neither are catahoula). I saw Hailey on Petfinder and went to meet her and fell in love. When we were looking for a second dog, I contacted the rescue and asked if they had a dog who was the complete opposite of Hailey (she is a great girl, but is anxious, high energy and requires extra care). They suggested Zaphod (who is totally calm and relaxed).

Squirrel, postman, cat….?

Wildlife is the number one exciter at our house. We live in the country and have lots of squirrels, deer, groundhogs, birds, horses, racoons, skunks etc. etc. around. This morning 3 adult wild turkeys and 12 babies were in the yard and this required a lot of barking.

Squeaky toy, ball, stick…?

Hailey likes stuffed toys. While she will eventually dead them, for the most part she loves to carry them around teasing Phod that she has it and he doesn't and sleep with them. Zaphod loves, loves, loves fetch. He has a favourite ball we call Precious. He also doesn't mind his water toys and frisbees.

What is each dog's best quality?

Hailey's energy and love for life is her best quality. She loves to play and walk and explore. Zaphod's best quality is his loyalty. He is never far from us, he is very obedient and clearly wants to make us happy.

If your dogs could change one thing about you, what would it be?

I wish Hailey wasn't as anxious. She has a history of destroying things (crates, walls, shoes, toys, remotes, books) when alone and anxious. She is particularly fearful of thunder, fireworks and the wind. We are working on it, but it is challenging.

Zaphod gets really, really car sick. If it was easier and less stressful to take him in the car, that would be excellent.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which your dogs could speak, which actors should do their voices?

Hailey - Amy Adams.

Zaphod - Morgan Freeman.

If your dogs could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?

Hailey: What can we do to make you less afraid?

Zaphod: Tell me what life was like before you were picked up as a hitchhiker.

Visit The Hailey and Zaphod Chronicles.

--Marshal Zeringue