Waggleview® with Beth Sausville, President of Green Mountain Dockdogs
A waggleview® reveals the incredible bond between the human and animal connection. These special interviews remind us to mindfully live in the moment, as our pets do every single day. Read our featured waggleview® with Beth Sausville, President of Green Mountain Dockdogs, to find out what lesson in life her dogs have taught her and to find out what’s a dockdog.
The Dog Owner: Beth Sausville is the President of Green Mountain Dockdogs.
Beth has worked in child protection/juvenile justice for the last 23 years; currently she is the Director. She is married with two furbabies and has spent much of her whole life with dogs.
Dog type and Name: Bald Mountain Captain Tucker, aka.Tucker is my boy; he’s a 10 year old yellow lab and Bald Mountain Miss Tia; she’s a 9 year old black lab.
Q: Why did you choose these dogs? This particular dog, Tucker, was chosen as I was in mourning around the loss of my first yellow lab Timber (my heart dog) and my sister took me out to look at a litter of lab puppies. He was very light in color like Timber; after I brought Timber’s ashes home, I fully committed to Tucker. As for Tia, I was looking at rescues on Pet Finder and thought I was going to rescue a yellow female puppy from a high kill shelter down South but the organization adopted her out from under me and I was heartbroken so I found a litter of labs locally and inquired, only to find out that there was just one black female left “and looking for the perfect home,” the woman told me. My husband reminded me that if we get them at the same age then we will lose them together too so I called the woman back and said that I couldn’t commit right now. She put my name on the list for future litters. A week later I had not stopped thinking about her and emailed the woman back and Tia was still available. I was “only going to look at her.” The rest is history, as 9 years ago this past January Tia became party of our family.
Q: Do you talk to your dogs? If so, what do you talk about? I often tell them how much I love them but I talk to him every day about something or should I say lots of things!! I talk with both of them daily and they seem to know a lot of words. Labs are also full of expression!
Q: If they could talk to you, what would they say?He would say “I love you mom more than life itself!” He’s such a momma’s boy. Tia would say something about food first and then how much she like to snuggle!!
Q: If your dogs had a job or career, what would they be doing? He’d be a professional escort as he loves the ladies and they love him. Or he’d be a coach as he always loves to play!! Tia would be a great saleswoman because nothing frazzles her and she’s good at the charm.
Q: What lesson in life have your dogs taught you? With joy and determination, anything is possible!
Q: How do your dogs inspire you? They remind me to be positive and to play!
Q: Where are your dogs favorite places to go with you? Dockdog events of course, but really anywhere I’m going they’re all in!
Q: Who or what do your dogs find the most interesting? Food, treats, attention
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?Not picking up after their dogs which gives all of us a bad rep! Not treating their dogs well (in any way)
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you? Making the conscious choice to own and care for a dog which includes providing the basics of food, shelter, and safety, along with making sure you can cover the costs and time or proper health care and exercise.
Q: Do you ever dress up your dogs? If so, as what? Most recently he was an angel (this has special meaning for a friend of mine) and the Cowardly Lion (as I was Dorothy). My favorite costume for Tia is her bumblebee but she makes a great skunk too.
Q: How have your dogs changed your life? He brightens my days and gives me a positive outlook/ perspective! Tia is my lovey girl who also loves her mom.
Q: Do your dogs have a philosophy of life? Just play, be happy, and make the most of life!
Q: I love my dogs because he has the sweetest soul in the world and she brightens my day, every day.
Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dogs? If so, please share your recipe.
Yes, I have a great George Foreman dog bone maker and have attached pics with recipe.
WAGGLEVIEW®: These interviews are focused on leaders in business, the community, or at home. My hope in doing this is to present remarkable and respected people in their community with their beloved pets. Who can resist reading about pets and what these people do? This is a platform for people to display their talents; their own business, a new book, a deeply loved passion for a charity or their own job. It also shows their love for their pet!
Thank you Beth for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview®.
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