Friday, December 5, 2014

What Pet Expert Or Celebrity Would Be At Your Holiday Table?

This time of year, people often ask "What famous person, still living or deceased, would you want at your holiday table and why?"  I've been thinking about what Pet Expert or Pet Celebrity I would want to have at my holiday table.  I have the gift (curse?) of gab, so one person isn't enough for me.  I would invite 2 of my favorite pet gurus, Cesar Milan and Dr. Marty Becker.   Why did I pick Cesar and Dr. Becker?  They are each extremely accomplished in their field and have a special area of knowledge and expertise about pets that I'd love to pummel them with questions chat with them about.  Who would be at your holiday table?

If I had a nickel for every un-neutered male Chihuahua that came into the shelter. I'd be rich!

Cesar Milan:  Cesar started his career as a dog groomer, where he was often asked to handle the most difficult dogs.  As he became more knowledgeable and experienced in dog behavior he became known as The Dog Whisperer.  The thing I want to discuss with Cesar is how we can get our society to a state where Spaying and Neutering our dogs is second nature for everyone.  He grew up in Mexico, where they have an even bigger spay/neuter problem than we do in the U.S.  I'd like to know what he thinks should be done to achieve this and how we can get there.  I want to know his thoughts on why so many people still avoid spay/neuter and how we can reach all segments of our communities to create change. I'd ask what he thinks he can do personally as a celebrity to help support that effort.  I'd love to see him draft a strategy on a dessert napkin!


One of far too many dogs that arrive at the shelter un-neuter, without updated tags, and not micro-chipped!  Grrr!
Dr. Marty Becker:  I found one of Dr. Becker's books, The Healing Power of Pets; Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy for $5 in a used book store.  I was so inspired by the heartwarming stories in his book!  Dr. Becker is also co-author of Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover’s Soul.  He's been a contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America TV show and the Dr. Oz show.  I'd love to discuss the power of the Human-Animal bond with Dr. Becker.  I'd ask him where the latest research on the Human-Animal bond is going and how we can harness even more of the power of the Human-Animal bond to help people.

Therapy Dogs are just one aspect of the power of the Human-Animal bond
If one of these two couldn't make it, I would invite another of my favorite pet guru's, Victoria Stilwell, author and star of the Animal Planet show It's Me Or The Dog.  Victoria and Cesar don't exactly see eye to eye on dog methodology.  If I had the honor of sharing a meal with these two incredible dog experts, I'd cross my fingers and hope they didn't end up throwing sweet potato pie at each other! I would have lots and lots of napkins on hand just in case - LOL!
 
Which pet guru would you love to have at your holiday table?  Please leave us a comment and tell us who your guest pet guru would be!
 
JUMPING IN A BIT LATE ON THE FLASHBACK FRIDAY BLOG HOP!!


16 comments:

  1. Karen Pryor! She might not get to sit down to the meal because I would be so enthralled in watching her handle my dogs. That has always been my experience with amazing dog trainers; I'd rather watch and learn by example (especially if they are handling my dogs- who inexplicably always work better for someone else!) and take as many notes, pictures and movies as possible. Maybe someday I'd be such a good handler and my dogs will work well for ME!

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    1. Isn't it amazing how when a great trainer grabs your dog's leash it's like an instantaneous spell is cast over our dog! They morph into the most obedient & talented dog! LOL! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  2. I would love to have Victorial Stilwell for dogs and Jackson Galaxy representing the cats! They are 2 of my faves!

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    1. Oh yes, both fabulous! These two would mesmerize anyone during dinner! Thanks for stopping by today Caren!

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  3. Oh thank you so much for joining Flashback Friday!!!!
    I really appreciate that!
    I think I agree with Caren, Victoria Stilwell would be fab to have!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Happy to have joined the hop, thanks for hosting. I love Victoria too, she's awesome! Thanks for stopping by today, Jenna!

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  4. Thanks so much for joining in our Flashback Friday blog hop! And no worries about jumping in late - us too! Wifi issues prevented me from posting this until almost midnight, and then not able to share it until this morning! Besides being late to the party is fashionable I hear!

    What a great thought - I like your guests... and I think I'd like to add the late Paul Walker to see what working with Huskies on Eight Below was like (he has said it was a great experience and really loved the dogs). And also Cuba Gooding, Jr. as I think he'd have some fun stories about Snow Dogs! And of course the late mushers Gunnar Kaasen and Leonhard Seppala so they could tell us all about hero Huskies Balto and Togo and the first serum run.

    Oh what great stories we'd hear!

    Thanks for the wonderfully fun post!

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    1. Ha!, Yes it's cool to be fashionably late! Thanks for hosting the hop. OMD, I LUV the idea of these awesome Sibe lovers joining the party! I Loved 8 Below SO much, such a moving film, & based on a true story. Loved Snowdogs too of course (how CUTE is Cuba G. Jr?)! But I'm afraid Gunnar & Seppala might fight about Balto vs. Togo being the hero dog- you might have to referee! Thanks for sharing your Pet Guru ideas!

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  5. I would have to agree with your choices! They seem like very interesting people who we could learn a lot from!

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    1. Definitely very interesting. If only I could make it happen LOL! Thanks for stopping by today, Jeanne!

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  6. We would love to be at that table!!! Great post and I've now got a new book to add to my reading list :-) Lots of Love, Teresa, Belinha, Moleque & Nina

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    1. You will Love Marty's book, it's terrific! The power of the human-animal bond never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for stopping by the blog Teresa!

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  7. I'd love to come to your dinner table, sounds like it would be a lot of fun! Great questions, I'd love to hear the response about the human - animal connection, as a therapy dog I love hanging with humans and making them smile!

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. I think it would be fun too, and so interesting. My Husky and I are also a Therapy Dog team, she loves the children's reading program best! Thanks for stopping by today, Snoopy!

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