Waggleview® with Diana Fuller, psychologist and host of Watered Grass
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 Diana Fuller, psychologist and host of Watered Grass, to find out her dog’s philosophy of life.
The Dog Owner: Diana Fuller is a school psychologist and the host of Watered Grass, a podcast that introduces different self-care services and strategies. She is also a children’s yoga instructor and co-founder of Self & Sisters, a self-care platform for women. You can find out more at www.wateredgrass.com and www.selfandsisters.com
Dog type and Name: Al, Boxer/Pit mix.
Q: Why did you choose this dog?
My boyfriend and I wanted a dog that could join our active lifestyle. We also knew off the bat that we wanted a rescue. My boyfriend saw the listing and we fell in love with the brindle coloring and expressive face! There was one male pup from the litter that was very active, one that was very shy, and Al was noted to be right in the middle. We knew he was ours.
Q: Do you talk to your dog? If so, what do you talk about?
Yes, constantly. We talk to Al about what the plan is for the day, narrate what we think he’s thinking about, and probably tell him he’s a good boy about 100 times per day. I’m with him in the morning, and I usually tell him that we’ll “be back soon” and tell him whether or not Grandma is visiting that day.
Q: If he could talk to you, what would he say?
I bet he would tell us that he barks only because he wants to protect us. He would also probably tell us how he’d like more peanut butter and to take that annoying gentle lead off of his muzzle!
Q: If your dog had a job or career, what would he be doing?
Al would be security guard, but not a very good one. He’d be the kind of security guard that looks tough, but if criminals came he’d be excited for visitors and show them around. Al would look great in the uniform at least.
Q: What lesson in life has your dog taught you?
Al has taught me not to have shame in expressing how much you love someone. He’s an extremely affectionate dog, and let’s just say that he’s enthusiastic. It’s extremely endearing (even if it’s slobbery), and it’s such a valuable reminder that we only have one life and should appreciate our loved ones whenever we can.
Q: How does your dog inspire you?
Al inspires me with his big heart. At the dog park, they call him “the mayor” because he welcomes every dog and leads play time. He’s also such a love and would greet everyone with a kiss if he could. We could all afford a little more love and kindness.
Q: Where is your dog’s favorite place to go with you?
Al loves to visit his grandparents. When he was a puppy, both my boyfriend’s parents and my parents used to take him for walks mid-day, and he’s got such a great bond with them. We can’t say “Grandma” or “Grandpa” until we’re close to to their houses, otherwise there’s a lot of excitement to contain!
Q: Who or what does your dog find the most interesting?
Al is very interested in people. When he was a puppy, we really had to work on him realizing that not every person wanted to be greeted or kissed. Al loves meeting new people on walks.
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?
I’m not a fan of people who do not clean up after their dogs on walks. Pretty basic, as humans we would never imagine leaving a mess on someone else’s yard. While some use the argument that “that’s what animals do”, animals in the wild would rarely choose someone’s front yard to do so.
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?
It means taking care of your dog’s physical and emotional needs. Just feeding and letting a dog out is not enough. Dogs experience feelings and need to feel love and intellectual stimulation, so being a responsible owner means meeting those as well.
Q: Do you ever dress up your dog? If so, as what?
We’ve done Halloween costumes together. Last year the theme was Jurassic Park- Al was the raptor. The year before that he was a bee with us. He used to have a bow tie for formal occasions, but they didn’t survive puppyhood.
Q: How has your dog changed your life?
Al has changed how home feels. He brings so much joy and laughter into our house. My boyfriend and I were just chatting about how we can’t remember what life was like before him!
Q: Does your dog have a philosophy of life?
“All you need is love. And peanut butter.”
Q: I love my dog because he loves so purely!
Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dog? If so, please share your recipe.
Yes! He loves to go outside, so if it’s warm we cool him down with doggy ice cream. I mix whole organic greek yogurt, half a banana, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into a blender and pour into an ice cream tray. Easy but one of Al’s favorites!
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 Diana for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview®.
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