Monday, January 2, 2012

Janet Gilbert & Fred and Gloria

Who is in the photo at right?

That's me Janet Gilbert; homemaker, mother of two, grandmother of three (one more on the way). Also mother to two very demanding Basset Hounds -- Fred (tri-colour), a 20-months-old male and Gloria (red & white) a five-year-old female.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Waking up and seeing the hounds are just so happy to see me every single morning!

What's brewing?

Folgers in my cup. One sugar and 1% milk. Mmmmmm!

Any goodies to go with the coffee?

More coffee.

Any treat for your dogs on this occasion?

They get one Milk Bone each while I have my coffee in the morning.

How were you and Fred and Gloria united?

Fred was born April 19, 2010 at Autumn Blaze Bassets. Three days after our 11-year-old Basset Barney had to be put down. We got Fred when he was 8 weeks old. Gloria was a retired breeding dog from the same place looking for her forever home. We got her to teach Freddie some manners. It didn't work!

How did your dogs get their names? Do they have any nicknames?

Fred is Fred, no reason. His registered name is "Fabulous Fred." I call him Freddie Spaghetti, Fredrico and Mr. Dramatica.

Since Gloria was older when we got her she already had her name. I call her Missy Loo.

Squirrel, cat, postman...?

Definitely squirrel. They both go "squirrelly when they see one!

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

Squeaky toy. Gloria is afraid of the squeak so Fred does it constantly to scare her.

Where is Fred and Gloria's favorite place for an outing?

Our backyard. It's fenced in and large enough for them to run and chase each other around.

Who are Fred and Gloria's best pet-pals?

Fred's best pal is me, but slowly becoming Gloria. Gloria's best pal is Fred. She gets upset if he's having a time out...and believe me he gets a lot of them!

What is each dog's most endearing quality?

They both give Basset Hound hugs where I kneel down and they squish their heads into my legs and wag their tails. It makes my heart melt!

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

That I'm boss!

What is each dog's proudest moment?

Fred's proudest moment was when he first climbed the stairs all by himself. Gloria's was when she learned how to jump up into the big brown comfy chair. She just sat there looking all proud of herself.

If Fred and Gloria could speak in a movie about your life, which actors would you have doing the dogs' voices?

I would have Jennifer Garner doing Gloria's voice. Sweet, but can be stern if need be and definitely Ashton Kutcher for Fred's voice. Whiney, goofy, dramatic who can "think" they're tough!

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--Marshal Zeringue


  1. Great interview and what great personalities those two hounds have! Love the pictures too!!

  2. Hey Janet - It's nice to learn a little more personal stuff about you. It's always nice to put a face to a name...or a blog :)

  3. Love the pictures!! lol

  4. YAY!!! We follow their blog (actually we are new followers of their blog) but we LOVE THEM!!

    So glad to see them featured here!

  5. It is nice to learn more about Janet, Fred and Gloria. Just love the pictures, especially the one in the big comfy chair!

  6. What a great interview! I love Fred and Gloria...Janet too!

  7. Great interview! I love reading about those hounds and now I know all about their mom too!!


  8. Great interview! I love reading the stories behind the blogs like this. Enjoy your cup-o-joe!

  9. Great interview! Love reading this story about Freddie and Gloria- they are so cute.

    -Deanna and the gang: Harley, Scarlett, Chelsea and Roory :)

  10. I love the pictures and the interview! Yeah

  11. Loved reading more about you guys! :)

  12. LOL - I LOVE your choices for the dogs' voices! Of course, now every time I see a picture of Fred, I'm going to imagine him thinking in the voice of AK! :)

    As always, I love your dogs and love that you share them with us.

  13. Great Interview!

    Would love to meet these dogs...they are a hoot!

  14. Well...I mean - in dog real life...I am ofcourse already their blog furiend!