Waggleview® with Jill Wang, management consultant
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.
The Dog Owner: Jill Wang, Management Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Jill is currently pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School.
Dog type and Name: Rosie – Rescue! 50% foxhound, 50% American Staffordshire + Husky mix
Q: Why did you choose this dog?
There would be no Rosie without Lola. Lola was my first dog who passed away earlier this year. A dog walking company sent an untrained substitute walker who did not use her harness. She slipped out and was hit by a car. (Read more at KissFromARosie).
Lola’s passing caused us so much pain. For months, my boyfriend Justin and I felt hardly anything but sadness and anger. However, I knew that to live our lives we needed to find any positive outlet we could. So, since I am in school and have the time for training, we decided to adopt a puppy for all the love we had left on this earth for Lola.
Though we wanted to adopt at Animal Haven or the Sato Project who rescued Lola, puppies are quite popular in NYC! Given we wanted at least a year with Rosie before I start working again, we found her on Petfinder via Danbury Animal Welfare Society. Her and her litter were all named after desserts (Candy, Muffin, Cookie… Rosie was Pie!). They were all the sweetest things, and when we met Rosie she was the pup who was most affectionate with us!
Q: Do you talk to your dog? If so, what do you talk about?
I always ask Rosie how she’s feeling, how her day was, and if she’s gotten enough scratches. days, since we’re training her, most of what we talk about is “sit, down, come, GOOD GIRL!”
Q: If she could talk to you, what would she say?
“Peanut butter? For me?? Let me give you some kisses.”
Q: If your dog had a job or career, what would she be doing?
Rosie has a sassy, lifestyle pup persona on Instagram, but she is also still a little gal with a lot of heart. We joke she’d be a SoulCycle instructor: she’s leggy, fast, spunky and has a whole lot of soul. And, she’s a little bit “basic” too.
Q: What lesson in life has your dog taught you?
Our first dog Lola taught me true, unadulterated and unconditional love. Her death has taught me about the fragility of life, and the importance of urban dog safety and owner street smarts to be able to train and handle their dogs (and dogs they care for).
Rosie has taught me to focus on the positive. Especially after Lola’s passing, she has been a light in our lives that helps us remember there is so much good in this world.
Q: How does your dog inspire you?
Rosie’s love, affection for all humans, and potential to really inspire change in others has been hugely motivating. I hope to use her Instagram to raise awareness for not only rescue dogs, but also urban dog etiquette and training when out walking in the city.
Q: Where is your dog’s favorite place to go with you?
Though she has her puppy crazies and can run around the park like a mad-dog, Rosie’s favorite place in the world is our bed! She sleeps in her crate at night but when we train her to like certain things (like wearing a new harness, or cleaning her ears), she gets the ultimate prize of being able to snooze in bed or the couch with us.
Q: Who or what does your dog find the most interesting?
Rosie is happiest when she meets people and can give them kisses! After that, since Rosie is part hound, anything on the sidewalk is usually of utmost interest to her.
Q: What is the most annoying thing other dog owners do?
After what happened to Lola, my biggest pet peeve is when dogs are wearing a harness or collar that is too big on them, or none at all (!) when walking in the street. Also, at the dog park please don’t ever open both gates at once! You never know when a pup may feel like bolting out.
Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?
Being informed about what training, safety, and health measures are required when you own a dog. You are assuming a huge responsibility: a life!
Q: Do you ever dress up your dog? If so, as what?
She wears costumes for Halloween, otherwise Rosie just wears sweaters and everyday gear! She did a few dynamic duos with her roommate, @Mazy_Bear (our roommate’s 2-year-old pup). Rosie/Mazy were Princess Leia/Darth Vader, a Cowgirl/Pony and a Sailor/Pirate.
Q: How has your dog changed your life?
The amount of time and energy that would otherwise be spent sad and angry about Lola has been instead poured into training and loving Rosie with our full hearts. She is not a replacement for Lola (and there never will be). But the joy she has generated amidst the pain is so incredibly rewarding!
Q: Does your dog have a philosophy of life?
From my Instagram handle’s namesake: “Now that your [Rosie] is in bloom / A light hits the gloom on the grey”
See the good in life, even amongst the grey.
Q: I love my dog because Rosie has so much life, and spunk. As she is a puppy, she is a bit of a rascal, but is still the sweetest, most affectionate pup. She loves giving kisses to every human she meets. Rosie is so special to me because she is my second baby after Lola. She gives me hope as she is my chance to help raise awareness of urban dog safety and street smarts through her Instagram.
Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dog? If so, please share your recipe.
I have! However, Rosie’s favorites are low sodium cold cut deli meats and low-fat string cheese. So, we make her fun concoctions of that and peanut butter or pumpkin to stuff in sterilized bones and Kong’s to keep her busy in her crate. We call those “mondo treats”!
Here’s another recipe for a doggie birthday cake my pups loved:
- 1 cup white or whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 egg
Mix ingredients well and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 mins or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Let cool, frost with mashed banana or peanut butter and enjoy!
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 Jill for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview®.
How does your dog inspire you?
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