Zuzu Interviews: Author Catherine West’s dog Noah

January 20, 2017 Author Interview, Catherine West, Christian 54

Hi, everyone! Zuzu here.

Stealing the laptop from Mom while she gets ready for her Facebook Party tonight. Something about 1000 Facebook page likes. Anyway, I’m going to be there. You should too. Check it out here:

So, anyway, while she’s otherwise occupied… I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity and chat with a celebrity friend of mine!

Noah (Bryning Gryfalcon) was born in Lancashire, UK. He is a purebred Border Collie who spends his days with his best friend, “Mom”, playing frisbee, chasing pigeons, swimming, walking and waiting for meals. He is a very faithful companion and highly intelligent and recommends all of Mom’s books, which he has read at least twice.

His mom, Catherine West, is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s latest novel, The Things We Knew, released July 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

You can also connect with Noah at his mom’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and something called Pinterest.

Hi, Noah! This is a big honor for me… mostly because Mom finally lets me do my own interviews!

Noah: WOOHOO – love it when we get to take over the laptops! 😛

Mom starts all of her guests with a fast four. I suppose I should too…

Bones or Chew toys?

Noah:  Bones because they last longer I guess. But Chew Toys are so much fun to decimate, especially if there’s a squeaker involved. I can have both, right? Of course I can. I get whatever I want.

Zuzu: Right? Of course we do. Because we’re cute.

Frisbees or Tennis Balls?

Noah: Have you seen me catch a Frisbee? You really need to. I will send you a video  sometime!  Air, baby. It’s all about the air.

Zuzu: I’ve never gotten into Frisbees. I much prefer chasing tennis balls and showing Mom and Dad where they are.

Dogs or Cats? (I mean…. Seriously…. Why does she ask this question? I’m not even going to insult you by making you give me the OBVIOUS answer.)

Noah:  Yeah, this is a lame question. Cats are . . . well. Why?

Moving on… SQUIRRELS OR BIRDS?

Noah: Um. What’s a squirrel?? We don’t have those where I live. So birds. Specifically, pigeons. Oh do I hate those darn things. They love to roost on our roof and I bark and chase them but all they do is fly around the yard. I swear they’re teasing me, Zuzu. They’re horrible flying monsters and they poop all over the place, and my mom hates them.

Zuzu: Squirrel is my favorite stuffed animal toy that I carry around with me everywhere. I saw one in the wild one day so I went and got Squirrel and showed him. He translated for me. And yea… birds. Mom says they’re evil.

Behind-the-ear scratches or Belly Rubs?

Noah: All of the above. Any form of attention works well for me. 🙂 I am mostly a head-scratcher type, but if I’m up on the bed for our nightly snuggles, a good belly rub hits the spot!

Zuzu: Yep. That was really a silly question, wasn’t it?

Mom says that reading is her superpower and sleeping is mine. If YOU and YOUR MOM had superpowers, what would they be?

Noah: Hmm. Well, I hear she writes pretty decent books, so that’s probably a super power, right? My superpower is being able to know when people are coming over before they arrive. I can just tell that something is up and I wait at the door for at least an hour before anyone shows up. That’s probably a superpower don’t you think? Oh, and when I get to go to the cottage in Canada, I can jump off the dock into the lake. Pretty sweet.

Zuzu: Those are really cool superpowers. I know when Dad is coming home. I wait at the door for him. But I don’t know about other people.

I recently heard this Colonial American Proverb – You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. What are your thoughts on this controversial statement?

Noah: Well, I’d say those colonials had a lot to learn. I’m not sure it’s possible to make friends with cats. I mean, they really don’t do the whole friend thing like we do, do they? Plus, when I see a strange cat, all I want to do is chase it. And another thing, ‘strange cats’. That’s an oxymoron.

Zuzu: I agree. Cats are just weird.

Your mom writes books. My mom reads books. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it & what would it be about?

Noah: Feed Me. Play With Me. Walk Me. It would be all about me. As everything is. But I mean, have you seen me? 🙂 Dad says I am spoiled but Mom says, “Just look at that face . . .” And I think Mom wins.

Zuzu: Moms always win.

Speaking of writing books, your mom has one coming out soon, doesn’t she? What’s it about?

Noah: Oh, yeah. The book thing. You know, I don’t know what takes so long. Why does she need to sit at the computer for sooooo many hours?? When I try to get her attention, she’s always like, “Uh, one more sentence. Or one more chapter!” I don’t get it. Anyway, yeah I guess some book is coming out at the end of March. It’s about a winery and there’s dogs. Border Collies, to be precise, so I think it’ll be a best seller. Oh, there may be some humans in the story too. I guess people are gonna have to buy it to find out. I think it’s called The Memory Of You. I have no idea what that means.

Zuzu: Well it has dogs so you know it will be good. I’m good at whining. Mom says I’m too good at it. I’ve never been to a whinery though…. do they teach you how to whine more effectively? That sounds interesting.

Mom is always saying weird things like #teamGray when she talks about your mom’s books. Do you have any idea what she means?

Noah: I don’t actually. Is it a human? Do you think he likes dogs? Will he play with me? Gray . . . hmm. I think I heard mom say that name when she talked about The Things We Knew. That’s her book that came out last year. So many books. So much wasted time that could be spent with me . . .

Zuzu: I know, right? It’s the same with my mom and reading books. Sigh.

What does a typical day look like for you as an author’s dog?

Noah: Well, Dad gets up early, usually around 6 AM. Then I jump on the bed and sleep another couple hours. We get up, Mom lets me out and I go, you know, do my business. Then I come back in and Mom feeds me. And then she gets coffee and opens her laptop. Yawn. She doesn’t understand why we should immediately go play Frisbee first thing in the morning, you know? I mean, you get that, right? Well, then Mom will eat, usually cereal and if I stare at her for a long time and put my head in her lap just so, I pretty much always get the leftover milk. Then we’ll go outside for a bit. I’ll chase some pigeons. Mom will have more coffee and throw the Frisbee for me. Then it’s off to Mom’s office on the other side of the house and she’s on the laptop doing her thing. I’ll chew up a bone and chase sunbeams and flies until she takes a break. We’ll go play more outside or if it’s warm we swim. After lunch she writes more. Then it’s walk time. I know exactly what time that is and I start being annoying. When we get back from that, it is my favorite time of day. DINNER!!! That’s when Mom tries to do stuff in the kitchen. It doesn’t always end well. I go wait at the back door for Dad around 5:30. I’ll usually get to play some more or swim again. Then we hang around until it’s time for bed. And that’s pretty much it. Kinda fun, eh? Oh, sometimes a duck will come on our driveway so I can bark at it. Or a cat. I bark a lot then. 🙂

Zuzu: As you should. Always be on guard for cats and birds of any kind.  Swimming sounds fun. I’ve never tried it. But I think I would like it!

Noah, it’s been fun! Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you. What’s on your agenda over there in Bermuda?

Noah: Oh, lots of eating, sleeping, swimming and Frisbee playing and hopefully some nice long walks. I think Mom’s writing another book though, so I’m practicing my pout for when she tries to ignore the fact that it’s time for a walk!

Stay cool, Zuzu, it’s been great chatting with ya! You’re kinda cute. 🙂

Zuzu: *blushes*

Noah’s mom is giving away a copy of The Things We Knew to one of my mom’s readers! Enter via the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US and Canada only. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

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What about you? What questions do you have for Noah? Or his mom? 🙂

Carrie

54 Responses to “Zuzu Interviews: Author Catherine West’s dog Noah”

  1. Kav

    Hi Zuzu and Noah! Great interview!!!! I am a two-legger but I think dogs are the best four-leggers around. I’ve known a few, but unfortunately don’t have a special fur buddy at the moment. Noah, you’ll be interested to know that I adore herding breeds — especially my border collie neighbour, Fred, who has the same problem with pigeons as you do. He can’t keep them away but it’s not for lack of trying. I’d admire his dedication.

    And Zuzu, I feel like I know you since your mom shares so much about you on Facebook. I’d like to know if you have any relaxation tips — since you seem to be gifted that way.

    I especially want you both to know that my favourite books are the ones that have dogs in them. I read tons of books (though not as much as your mom, Zuzu) and I do love a good romance…but it’s always better with a dog hero.

    • Carrie

      Kav, Zuzu here. You and I are definitely kindred souls. Books are always better with dogs. My mom loves you and your reviews, so I liked you even before I knew how much you loved dogs! Relaxation tips? Always surround yourself with blankets and pillows … or things you can turn into blankets and pillows. And don’t worry about how strange you may look in your fave sleeping position – just go with what works. Also, it’s best – even at your most relaxed – to keep one ear up in case something interesting happens in the ‘hood.

  2. Andrea Stephens

    Zuzu, you have done a wonderful interview! You must be paying attention to your mom when she does it.
    Noah, do you prefer living in Bermuda or visiting the cottage in Canada? Do you travel well or do you get an upset tummy?

    • Catherine West

      I travel well, and I love Canada, but I haven’t been able to get there for a couple years now. But that’s okay because Mom always leaves me with fun people who spoil me and take me for lots of walks! But basically I am happiest wherever Mom is. 🙂

  3. Patty

    Hi Noah and Zuzu! Thanks for sharing.

    My four legged friend does happen to be a cat… I’ve had her for over 10 years so she’s pretty entrenched in our lives. My husband talks about getting a dog , do either of you think you could learn to live with a cat?

    • Carrie

      Hi Bonnie! Zuzu here. It’s a common misconception, but no I’m not a pit bull. I’m a Vizsla Boxer mix. A Vizsla is a fancy name for a Hungarian pointer. 😀

  4. Annie JC

    hahhaha! LOVE THIS! Noah and Zuzu, you two are rockstars! And I’me with you on those pigeons… aargh!! We call them “flying rats” in NYC!!

    • Carrie

      Zuzu here. Usually when Mom’s away, I snooze. I decided to mix it up a bit today. 🙂

  5. Pam K.

    I want to tell Noah that a Border Collie named Shadow used to live with our family. He was a really great dog but he was very afraid of fireworks. One time when there were really loud fireworks in our neighborhood, he jumped the fence and ran away. Thankfully he was found, but only after we had spent a sad couple of days looking for him. What do you do, Noah, when fireworks are going off?

  6. Winnie Thomas

    Nice interview, Zuzu and Noah! You are certainly two handsome dogs, and your mommies are two of my favorite Facebook friends!

  7. Melony Teague

    I vote this as ” best interview ever”…. and only because I love your moms will I forgive the cat bad mouthing. ?

  8. Kelly Blackwell

    Loved this interview. Noah and Zuzu you are both delightful and I have a question for you both. How do you keep yourselves busy when your mom’s are writing? Obviously you can’t grab the laptop then. Help I need ideas for my own fur babies!

    • Carrie

      Zuzu here! I snooze. And stick my nose on mom’s keyboard so she’ll pay attention to me. And then i snooze some more. And then i bark at the neighborhood kids who are being much too loud outside. And then… I snooze until Dad comes home!

    • Catherine West

      Noah – I sleep. Chew a bone. And then I get annoying if it’s been too long! Usually if I sit by Mom’s desk, wag my tail, give her a paw, and whine a little, that gets her out of the chair. If that doesn’t work I resort to attempting to climb into her lap.

  9. Susan C

    We have a new four-legged member of our family. Since he is only 10 weeks old, we are still getting to know each other. I forgot how time consuming house breaking a puppy can be. But he sure is cute. I hope we have as close a bond as both of you ladies have with your dogs.

  10. Susanne

    I won’t enter since I already have this book… “The Things We Knew” was a great read… looking forward to reading “The Memory of You”!

  11. Kristina

    What a fun interview! Noah, thank you for being patient while your Mom writes books! 😉 Ho

  12. Cathy

    What a fun idea! Do you like squeaky toys? My new rescue puppy loves them, except she tears up the PetSmart version and I have to recycle the squeakers into a homemade denim tube.

    • Carrie

      Zuzu here! I like squeaky toys. I destroy most of them. Except my squirrel. He’s my favorite toy. I get very anxious if Mom or Dad accidentally squeaks him. And then I have to go over to him and check to make sure he’s ok.

  13. carylkane

    Hello ZuZu and Noah! You two are very blessed fur babies. You both scored big in having cool Moms. 😉

  14. Connie Saunders

    Carrie, you definitely have a fill-in to do your interviews if you can’t. Zuzu, I am a dog lover by far!!

  15. Meredith Miller

    Noah, my dog is convinced she’s a human….of royal blood. Any advice for encouraging her to embrace her canine ways?

    • Carrie

      LOL LOL (from Carrie)

      Zuzu here. Not sure why Mom’s laughing. Meredith, I would tell your dog to embrace it. She clearly knows what she’s talking about.

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