|Hilary and Teddy|
So let's meet Hilary and Teddy and Ethie!
1. How did you and your dogs find each other? I have two (150 pounds each) Newfoundland dogs. Ethie (named after the ship wreck) came from a Canadian Newfoundland breeder. Ethie flew into the U.S. on Air Canada and believes with all her heart that the entire world should revolve around her. Teddy Bear had been starved and abused. The Newfoundland Rescue League saved him and he came into our lives when he was two years old. Typical of the breed, both are sweet, gentle, and love children. Which comes in handy as they alternate going on author/school visits with me. They are a BIG hit with the kids and perfect ambassadors for the breed.
|Teddy Bear and Ethie|
2. What makes Ethie and Teddy's tails wag? WATER! More water! Water for swimming. Lake, river, ocean, Barbie pool, sprinkler. After all, they must always be on alert to save some hapless soul from drowning. Newfs have a natural instinct for water rescue, and there are many true stories about their life saving abilities. They are the most powerful swimmers in the dog world and have huge, webbed paws.
3. What's your all time favorite dog story? This is harder than a calculus question for me! There are SO many terrific dog stories. I'm wringing my hands...only one? Okay, perhaps, Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune. Let me also sneak in my favorite picture book, Riptide, by Frances Ward Weller.
4. If your dogs could change just one thing about you, what would it be? They would change where I live. Although it's quite lovely here in Virginia, they'd prefer we move to the ocean or a lake.
5. In five words, tell us what Ethie and Teddy Bear mean to you: Love, love, love, love, love!
Thanks to Hilary, Ethie, and Teddy for stopping by! To find out more about Hilary and her book, and to follow her on her blog, click here www.hilaryhyland.com
To find out more about Newfoundland dogs, click here www.ncanewfs.org