Who is in the photo at right?
This is me, Vicky Kaseorg, with my female Carolina Dog, Honeybun, and my male terrier mix, Lucky.
They don't love appearing with me in my umbrella hat. It embarrasses them.
What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?
We are celebrating the publication of my tenth book but my first fiction novel which is about dogs (The Bark of the Covenant!) We like to celebrate by kayaking whenever we can.
Starbucks cappuccino. Mmmm!
Any treats for you or your dogs on this occasion?
Kayaking is a treat in itself, but yes, they get Charlie Bears to keep them on the kayak.
How did Honeybun and Lucky get their names? Any aliases?
We found Honeybun and thought she was the color of a Honeybun. Lucky was named Lucky because of how he always got himself in terrible scrapes and survived. Lucky is also sometimes called "The Escape Artist" since he does...constantly.
How were you and Honeybun and Lucky united?
We found Lucky as a 6 week old pup wandering the under-street sewer system. A few years later, we found Honeybun starving and half dead on a roadside. We weren't looking to have a dog either time, but God had other plans.
Have Honeybun or Lucky appeared in any of your books?
Both appear in my first book, I'm Listening with a Broken Ear. It tells the story of finding Honeybun, nursing her back to health, and then having her turn vicious towards Lucky and people. The book talks about how we helped her to stop trying to kill Lucky and little Girl Scouts coming to our door.
How do your dogs help--or hinder--your writing?
They are a constant inspiration, and are what started my career as a published author. They also are furry shoulders to cry on when it isn't going so well.
Squirrel, postman, cat....?
Lucky once saved the life of a baby squirrel. Licked it till he warmed it back to life, and brought it to us. But they both will bark all night at possums.
Squeaky-toy, ball, stick...?
Lucky loves balls or tug of war ropes. Honeybun doesn't really understand toys, probably because she was feral for at least part of her life and playing took a back seat to surviving.
What is each dog's best quality?
Lucky is very loving to everything and everyone.
Honeybun is incredibly grateful and loyal. She follows me wherever I go in the house.
If Honeybun and Lucky could change one thing about North Carolinians, what would it be?
That they would ask if their dog can meet them before letting their dogs in my dogs' faces. Lucky doesn't mind, but Honeybun minds big time.
And a close second is that people would neuter their pets so no dog would ever have to be homeless and starving like Honeybun was.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life in which your dogs could speak, which actors should do their voices?
Lucky's actor would be Steve McQueen.
Honeybun's actress would be Meryl Streep.
If Honeybun and Lucky could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?
Do you believe in God?
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