Something Wagging This Way Comes is honored to be a stop on the Weight Loss With a Wag Book Tour. Author Peggy Frezon has recently published Dieting with My Dog, the true story of how she and her dog, Kelly, slimmed down together.
Today Peggy’s stopping by to answer the burning questions we all want to know.
Since this is a virtual tour, there’s no undrinkably sweet white wine and dried out canapes from the local grocery store. So let’s hear from Peggy herself.
What do you most hope your readers will gain from reading Dieting with My Dog?
I’m hoping my readers will gain an understanding that they’re not alone. I realize many other pet parents struggle with their own weight, and/or their pet’s weight, and I hope they will relate to Kelly’s and my challenges and triumphs. Even if they don’t have weight to lose, I think dog lovers will see themselves in the bond between me and Kelly.
Some pets gain weight because their people use treats to show love. What advice would you give someone who wants to show affection to her dog without killing him with kindness?
Oh, I so know what you mean. That is exactly what I was doing. Whenever Kelly sat, stayed, turned around or looked cute, I’d give her a treat. I love her so much, I thought she deserved these treats. But what I learned was, Kelly didn’t deserve fattening treats…instead, she deserved for me to love her and keep her healthy……and to keep myself healthy too. Some changes I made were offering healthy treats (such as baby carrots) and rewarding Kelly with extra play time instead of food.
What suggestions can you make to a human dieter looking to show kindness to herself in ways other than eating comfort food?
This is so important, because I used to love to reward myself with pancakes! The best alternatives are ones that appeal to senses other than taste. Pamper yourself with a massage or mani/pedi (a less expensive alternative is exchanging manicures with a friend), curl up with a good book, buy a soft scarf or some pretty flowers to enjoy.
What has been the most exciting thing so far about publishing Dieting with My Dog?
The first most exciting thing was getting an agent, because it showed that someone, besides my friends and family, believed in me. I recently did an interview with the BBC and that was fun and exciting too!
I have to know: Boxers or Briefs? Or put another way–if you were going to bring another dog home today, would he be medium to large like a Boxer? Or brief like a Shih Tzu, Dachshund, or Chihuahua?
BOL. I can honestly say you are the only one to ask me this question! Most of my dogs so far have been “boxer” sized, but Kelly is more “brief” sized…actually, she is somewhere in between. And I think she is just about right. So I’d have to say, boxer-briefs.
Thank you, Peggy, for including us on the tour.
Don’t forget to visit Champion of My Heart to see Roxanne Hawn’s insightful questions for Peggy Frezon as well.
Who knows? Roxanne might be just the writer to pry those deep dark secrets out of Peggy.
Americans are looking forward to their Thanksgiving feast next week. When the table is groaning with yummy food, do you and your dog try to practice moderation? Or do you eat what you like and pay the price later?