Friday, October 21, 2011

Ruth G. Zavitsanos & Pebbles and Rocky

Who is in the photo at right?

This photo is of me, Ruth G. Zavitsanos and my "canine kids." I'm an author and behind me on the wall are my framed book covers. Sitting, oh so affectionately looking my way, is our black lab/border collie, Pebbles, and the little guy I'm holding is Rocky, a Miniature Australian Shepherd.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

My latest children's chapter book, The Kona Dog was just released. This book takes place in Maui. Like my other books, The Villa Dog (Tuscany) and The Old Fortress Dog (Greece) it is told through the dog's point of view with beautiful illustrations.

What's brewing?

To celebrate my latest book, Kona coffee is brewing. I often put some whipped cream in and sprinkle cinnamon on top!

Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?

Yes, my dogs get Milo's treats--they love them.

What's new with your dogs since you were last here on the blog?

Pebbles and Rocky are loving their new neighborhood. We live near a horse farm and our walk takes us past corn fields with beautiful vistas of the PA countryside. Sometimes we see a deer or a fox and though both my dogs think they are bigger or stronger, thankfully, they are tamer.

If your dogs were given human voices in a movie about your family, who should do their voices and why?

Pebbles' voice should be played by Julia Roberts. I think Pebbles would have a sweet laugh just like her.

Rocky's voice should be played by Adam Sandler cause he's quite silly and mischievous.

If your dogs could change one thing about your family...

Pebbles and Rocky would probably take away computers, TVs and anything else that distracts us from focusing all of our time and attention on them. They would also insist we have an endless supply of frisbees and tennis balls. Nothing gets their tail wagging more than knowing they are going outside to play ball or catch a frisbee, except the sight of their leashes (Pebbles is Bedrock cougar print and Rocky's is Passionate Purple) and the word WALK!

I'd like to add that as a writer, sitting for long periods of time is not something the body handles well. I'm fortunate for the reminders of canine kids being persistent about their walks. Anyone seeking motivation to walk more should consider getting a dog or walking a neighbor's/friend's. They say dogs have no sense of time, when it comes to a walk any time is a good time for all.

Visit Ruth Zavitsanos' website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue


  1. I love that you write about animals. And I'm looking forward to reading your books because anything "dog" catches my attention right away. I think I'll start with Kona Dog.

  2. Thanks, Patricia. I hope you enjoy THE KONA DOG. My books can be read in any order. Each story is told through a dog's point of view in a different setting, too. I enjoy writing these books because I think dogs are so very sensitive and intuitive. And, traveling is also one of my favorite ways to come to understand all that the world has to offer.

  3. Ruth,

    You are a dog person. LOL They are as much your babies as your two daughters. (g) Of course, my cats are as much my children as my daughter. LOL Who am I to point fingers. (g)


    You'll love The Kona Dog. It's a very sweet story. :) Of course, being the editor/publisher and all, I'm not biased one little bit. (g)

    Marci Baun