Friday, January 31, 2014

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper – Interview with Kelly Preston

About Real Dogs Don’t Whisper

Real Dogs Don't Whisper
The award winning book, Real Dogs Don't Whisper (, which highlights my life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught me along the way.  The overall message within Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is about giving those with special needs a second chance.  The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship.  To lighten the message, I developed a co-author, Mr MaGoo; Mr MaGoo is my Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life.  He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady, me.

Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”


Q:  Can you tell us why you took in two more dogs, and tell us about the severe trust issues and the problems that come with it?
I just rescued two new dogs; one with severe trust issues, Mini Me and a blind Cocker Spaniel, Driving Miss Fancy.  Just like the rest of my pack, was not prepared for these two new additions,  Betty Boop and Buffy went on to Rainbow Bridge, after a year I was ready to add two new family members.  Mini Me came first, he was in my home for only 30 minutes and he quickly found the toy basket and proceeded to take each and every toy out.  I knew from that point, he was going to be a handful and I have not been wrong.  While he is very playful (he is only 3yrs old), quickly became apparent he has severe trust issues with strangers, being a fear biter.  I have gotten him past the biting, still working with him to stop the excessive barking; every day is a training session with him. Plus, taking him the groomers on a regular basis helps him understand that strangers will not hurt him.   Driving Miss Fancy just came into my life several months ago, when I first saw her; I fell in love with her as she reminded me of my beloved Buffy.  She is blind and that doesn’t slow her down; in fact, Mini Me and her have become BFF.  He has been teaching her how to play, helping her find her way around the yard chasing toys.  It is very interesting to watch the relationship they have formed; talk about trust, each and every day they display endless amount of trust towards each other. 

About Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.