Monday, September 13, 2010

Lela LaBree Stute & Cissy, Beatrice, and Ingah DuPonte

Who is in the photo at right?

Lela LaBree Stute, editorial director at PhotoSource International and the author of twelve pug adventure books.

Joining me for this interview: Cissy (age 8, pug), Beatrice (age 5, pug), and Ingah DuPonte (age 3, pug), all female.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Every day is a special occasion. The pugs get a snack (treat) as payment for going on a walk with me every day.

What's brewing?

Lipton ice tea.

Any treat for your dogs on this occasion?

The usual snack: liver sausage pressed into 6 small glass ashtray’s. I carefully press them into the special (never been used for smoking) ashtrays. The pugs must work at getting all of the sausage out of each dish. (Six = 2 snacks per pug). Yes, we do this every day….

How were you and your pugs united?

Cissy was a rescue pug, adopted at 4 weeks of age. Bea and Ingah are from wonderful pug breeder in Osceola, WI.

Do your dogs have any influence on your writing?

Yes, all of my books are based on the secret lives of my three pugs.

How did the dogs get their names? Any aliases?

They chose their own names. By this I mean they would not respond to any other name. Bea took the most time in choosing her name. Aliases? Too many to mention..

Cat, squirrel, postman...?

Postman, they love him.

Tennis ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Squeaky-toy. They have a large basket full of identical squeaky toys. They are the only toys they like.

Where is your dogs' favorite place for an outing?

LoLo and Quack’s home.

Who are your dogs' best pet-pals?

Their cousins - LoLo and Quack – not really cousins, but LoLo, Quack, Bea and Ingah all have the same parents; we call them cousins to avoid confusion.

What is each dog's best quality?

Cissy is the peace-maker in the pug family, Bea is the bravest, and Ingah is the most tender.

View more photos of Cissy, Beatrice, and Ingah DuPonte and learn more about the books they've inspired at
Lela LaBree Stute's website.

--Marshal Zeringue