Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cindy Orlandi & Trent

Who is in the photo at right?

I'm Cindy Orlandi. I write business proposals by day and am Trent’s chauffeur, nursemaid and ghostwriter by night. Trent is a 3 ½ year old male Weimaraner and author of Love is a Dog and Some Crayons: A Weimaraner Coloring Book to benefit Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Coffee always keeps me going just like Trent.

What's brewing?

Decaf, as I drink too much.

Any treats for you or Trent on this occasion?

Trent enjoys All Natural Dog Treats as both he and his brother won some for their photos and videos on the Happy Howie’s Facebook page.

How were you and Trent united?

Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue.

How did your dog get his name? Any aliases?

My husband named Trent. My first Weimaraner was Donner and so I named some of my other Weims after reindeer, think Comet and Blitzen. Trent has a pink nose so he is also my Rudolph.

Please tell us about your new book?

Love is a Dog and Some Crayons brings new meaning to phrases like “Work Like a Dog” and “A Dog is Man’s Best Friend.” Who says “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”?

Besides more than 20 pages of Weimaraners to color, this 48-page coloring book includes information on choosing and training your dog from knowledgeable individuals and organizations such as the Weimaraner Club of America and American Kennel Club. Trent’s book is for you whether your family is considering adopting a puppy or rescuing a dog like him. You’ll find questions to ask breeders before you buy. And, no matter where you live, you’ll find a rescue near you as this book lists U.S. and International Weimaraner rescue groups and tells you how to contact them.

Coloring is fun, educational and isn’t just for kids anymore. Like dogs who help us live in the moment, coloring is a great stress reliever. People who love dogs are happier, and once you love a Weimaraner you join our club that is forever loyal to the breed. We even have our own Facebook page to post a photo of your own Weimaraner and/or show us a page that you’ve colored from Trent’s book.

“Dog gone it,” just buy this book. Profits will go to Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, a 501c3 federally-recognized nonprofit organization. Trent is donating his author’s compensation to GLWR and Brent Darnell of BDI Publishers also generously is donating to help our volunteers help more dogs like Trent.

Cat, postman, squirrel...?

UPS delivery guy.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

Anything in the monthly Barkbox.

Who is Trent's best pet-pal?

His brother, Blue, a weimaraner lab mix that we got from Michigan Weimaraner Rescue.

What is Trent's best quality?

Courage as an epilepsy warrior and the ability to help me live in the moment like all my dogs.

Where is Trent's favorite outdoor destination?

The local metropark.

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

I am stingy with treats because I worry about the weight he has put on since taking AES medications.

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

What other languages do you speak? Could you translate your book for us?

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

Michael J. Fox, another talent who shows tremendous courage.

What advice would Trent give if asked?

How to color yourself happy instead of grey.

Like the Love is a Dog and Some Crayons Facebook page and visit the Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue website.

--Marshal Zeringue


  1. Trent is one handsome (and lucky) fella. Well done rescuing him and we absolutely love the idea of a Weim coloring book!

  2. Trent is blushing and I am the lucky one. We think it is great that you and Sam do pet therapy work! Trent also volunteers for pet therapy. Thanks so much for writing!