Waggleview® with Donna Cavanagh, humor writer
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® to find out her dog’s philosophy on life and how her dog inspires her.
Please read the Waggleview® below to find out about this remarkable leader and their pet.
The Dog Owner: Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). Cavanagh launched Humoroutcasts.com or HO as an outlet for writers to showcase their work in a world that offered few avenues for humor. HO now features the creative talents of more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world.
Dog Names and Types: Frankie- German Shephard/Lab mix
Molly- Pug/Retriever/Terrier mix
Q: Why did you choose these dogs?
We had Muffie a GSD from a rescue and she was our gentle giant, so when we decided to get a second dog, we found Lulu from another GSD rescue. Turns out Lulu had no GSD in her whatsoever but she was wonderful and just a joy as well. She passed away this year. When Muffie passed away our hearts were broken and so was Lulu’s so we found Frankie at a rescue. She looked like Muffie but as it turns out she is more lab than shepherd. Her litter had been abused and she came to us with Parvo which meant she was hospitalized for two weeks and underwent transfusions etc. It was a long road for her.
When my daughter and son-in-law Coleen and Joe Kozlowski were looking for a dog, they wanted a GSD and they got Theo as a pup who has turned into 95 pounds of pure love. He is not perfect in that he has a wonky ear that makes him more lovable, and that ear has resulted in a modeling contract. So funny! They also do a lot of work with a rescue in Chester County, PA and they foster dogs. When they took in Molly, who was 10, they knew they couldn’t let her go. They foster failed her or adopted her. As they say, “We hope this is the highlight of her twilight.” And as we all know, senior dogs rock!
Q: Since HumourOutcasts is THE place to take a humor break, how would your dogs take a humor break?
Frankie and Theo and Molly are my employees. When I am at home, they sit and listen as I read posts aloud. Reading aloud helps me with editing. My Lulu used to work the printer. It wasn’t that she was really smart; she somehow thought if she hit the printer button the back door would open. I don’t know how that got into her head but it was fun to watch. When I take lunch break at Theo and Molly’s house, we walk the neighborhood to think out humor posts I want to write and then they listen to my jokes to see if they work. If Theo tilts his head, it’s a winner!
Q: Do you talk to your dogs? If so, what do you talk about?
I talk to Frankie about being calm and trusting people. She has issues because of her abusive start in life. We talk on our walks and I talk to her about most everything. I think she understands perfectly. I see the granddogs a lot and I talk to each of them. Theo is so smart, he responds and tries to talk back. I talk to him about being such a good boy and about chasing critters and how good he is and how loving he is. He is so patient and loves taking care of Molly too. I take Molly on walks when I visit them twice a week. We talk about the goings on in the neighborhood since she has these specific people who when they see her stop and give her treats. I’m not sure how she gathered this cadre of saps. LOL
Q: If they could talk to you, what would they say?
All three dogs would tell me I am a pushover for their kisses. They might say I give them too many hugs. And I think all three would say they have a wonderful life.
Q: If your dogs had a job or career, what would they be doing?
Frankie would be a police officer. She watches the neighborhood and everything that goes on in it. Theo would be what he is: a spokesmodel and caretaker as he is getting his certification in pet therapy. He has a huge heart and loves kids and dogs and babies. Molly would be retired. She likes to be doted upon.
Q: What lesson in life have your dogs taught you?
Love is unconditional. They love us no matter what. They inspire us to be good people and loyal people. We should all learn a lesson of loyalty from our pups.
Q: How do your dogs inspire you?
Frankie kept going in spite of the fact that one vet said it was hopeless when she had parvo. Even though she has trust issues, she still lets people into her life. We should be doing that as humans too. Theo is all about love and family and taking care of each other. He loves taking care of people and dogs and he inspires me to open my heart whenever I can. Molly inspires me to realize that just because someone is older, it doesn’t mean their life has no meaning. She is warm and comforting and inspires me to remember we all need a soft place to land.
Q: Where are your dog’s favorite places to go with you?
Frankie loves our neighborhood walks and the bank drive thru (treats) and Burger King. What can I say? Sometimes she deserves a double burger. Theo loves to run with his parents at Valley Forge National Park and their township parks. Molly loves the parks too, but she trots. They also love a good puppacino at Starbucks.
Q: Who or what do your dogs find the most interesting?
Frankie loves sitting in the yard and watching the birds. She loves watching birds. Theo loves squirrels, kids, other dogs who he plays with at daycare…everything grabs his attention. Molly loves food. She can’t always have it because she has to watch her girlish figure, but she loves food.
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?
Not have their dogs on leashes. Everyone thinks they can control their dog and most can’t at parks or in their front yards and when other dogs pass, they dart toward them which can become a dangerous situation. Not all dogs get along, and most have to be slowly introduced into the setting. My Frankie was abused and needs a slow intro with other dogs and it’s so unfair when dogs dart at her and their owners expect Frankie to just be calm.
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?
Training, patience and more training. Some people think you get a dog and just let them be. They need guidance and stability and repetition and lots of positive reinforcement and that doesn’t end when they turn one. And they need constant love too.
Q: Do you ever dress up your dogs? If so, as what?
Frankie is too big to dress up but she does wear holiday headgear. My daughter has great bandanas and accessories for both Theo and Molly.
Q: How have your dogs changed your life?
Dogs make me kinder and more empathetic to other humans. They have a way of making you be responsible and loving.
Q: Do your dogs have a philosophy of life?
Frankie: “I actually made it to 11. Every day is a bonus day.” Theo: “Play, play, play and love and eat and play and play.” Molly, “I like my new life as a princess. Great way to live the golden years.”
Q: I love my dogs because they make me a better person.
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 Donna for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview®.
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