Tracy Stopler’s story brought up lots of questions for me. Dog lovers out there may have already thought these through, but ponder is good. Here, she shares with us her perspective on human-animal relationships. If you love animals, you will really enjoy this book!
And what a unique giveaway she’s offering–your puppy could become famous! Read all about it!
If you are a book reader, dog lover, and interested in reading about dogs, I can add your puppy (or someone else’s) to My Brother Javi before you purchase the book. If interested, please send me (via Facebook PM) your puppy’s headshot photo, name and age, I will add him/her to the updated Thanksgiving paperback edition of My Brother Javi. It also makes a great gift for someone else’s pup. ???
Have to add that Tracy’s a nutritionist…and here’s a photo of a cookie from her culinary creations.
The depth of “human” emotions in canines…do they have a sense of humor? I would swear that my dogs laugh. Only a dog parent would understand. I can throw my little Bella up in the air, catch her, and believe I hear her say, “More, more.” With Binah, a bit older and a bit heavier, I play, “tickle, tickle,” and again, I hear her saying something like, “Oh, Mommy, you are so silly, ha, ha, ha!”
The degree to which a human-pet relationship can bring healing? I can share first-hand that Javi was my first dog, and since then I have learned to take life less seriously. I have laughed more and cried less. I now share space with Binah (who is a ten-year-old Havanese) and Bella (who is a rambunctious two-year-old Aussie doodle) and I no longer look for material things to bring me joy, unless it’s toys or treats for my fur-kids.
What motivated you to write this story? When Javi passed away in 2011 I didn’t know how to channel my grief. At the time I was writing my debut novel, The Ropes That Bind and decided to weave Javi into the story. Doing that actually empowered me. After that book was published in 2016, I immediately started writing My Brother Javi: A Dog’s Tale. I wanted to tell this story in Javi’s voice. By this time Binah had joined the family and it felt right. I absolutley loved being in their heads, or at least pretending to be. I’m smiling now just thinking about that writing process. I had so much fun.
Any obstacles encountered along the way? I don’t know if I would call them obstacles, but there was that difficult-to-write-section where I couldn’t stop crying and then the ending, oh, geez. But I truly feel that my emotions made the editing process better. It made me feel connected to Javi, and write with him rather than about him.
Do you see Javi/Binah making a difference in this old hurting world? Well, for starters, Binah was a gift from Java. The dream in the story was true, but what was too unbelievable to write was that someone (a stranger) brought Binah (her name was Oreo at the time) to my home asking if I can rescue her. She was black and white the way she appeared in my dream. I took that as a sign. I changed her name to Binah because Binah means understanding in Hebrew, and that was exactly what I had been searching for.
So, Binah provided some understanding and immediately changed my life. Soon after Binah made herself at home, the two of us started visiting senior citizens. Any dog lover will tell you that dogs have the gift of magically erasing lonliness. During COVID I was fostering Bella. It was supposed to be a foster, I mean I was actively seeking a home for her, but, I, huh, guess I failed.
That little one has kept me on my toes, not to mention, contributed to my torn ACL two years ago, and my broken toe two days ago. She is lucky that she is so cute. LOL! Everyone in the neighborhood loves them and, so yes, my girls, and dog (pets) in general are here to help people heal so people can become their best and make their contribution to beautify this world.
TRACY STOPLER, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, with a Master of Science in Nutrition from New York University, and the nutrition director at NUTRITION E.T.C. in Plainview, Long Island. Tracy has been an adjunct nutrition professor at Adelphi University for 25 years and teaches workshops on Mind/Body Medicine. Tracy is the author of two award-winning novels: The Ropes that Bind and My Brother Javi: A Dogs Tale. Look for her next novel, We All Fall Down in 2023.
To watch the one-minute book trailer for My Brother Javi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4G0DeLhx2AYou are invited to watch the two-minute book trailer for The Ropes That Bind https://youtu.be/bXDSlQOUWIU
Tracy’s 14-minute TEDx talkhttps://youtu.be/IowLwYXdhR4
Connect with Tracy:
Tracy Stopler TracyStopler@gmail.com
Amazon Author Linkhttps://amazon.com/author/tracystopler
Facebook Author/Baker link https://www.facebook.com/Tracy-Stopler-Author-and-Baker-108944818574934/
Tracy Stopler, M.S.,R.D.President, NUTRITION ETC, Inc. Plainview, New York
Nutrition Professor, Adelphi UniversityGarden City, New York
Award-winning author, The Ropes That Bindwww.TheRopesThatBind.com
Award-winning author, My Brother Javi: A Dog’s Tale
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Gail, this is awesome. Thank you so much for all of your time and attention to detail. I look forward to connecting with your readers.
I think they’re going to like Javi!
From your mouth to God’s ears. 💕
I am a firm believer in the healing power of dogs. When my grandfather was in the nursing home with Alzeimer’s he was rarely interactive until they brought in the therapy dogs. I’m convinced he lived longer than he might because of these wonderful animals and their handlers. Personally, I miss my Boston Terrier Ben who passed four years ago. We’ve had many dogs over the years, but his death has affected me the most, and I’ve yet to be able to get another dog. But memories of him often bring a smile, so even in his absence, he helps me out. Best wishes for success with your book.
Linda, thank you for sharing your comments. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m just curious, has your precious Ben appeared in any of your dreams since his passing?
Dogs have been my companions since my children grew up and moved out of my home. It hurts when they pass, that’s the sad part, but the love they share with us is powerful and a fond memory. My current dog, Vinny, is 14 years old and I appreciate and value every day we have left together.
I wish there was a way to post photos of our fur kids. I’d love to see your Vinny.
Not sure if Gail is around, but if you are Gail, is there anyway for readers to post photos?
Can you post a photo right in your comment? Maybe?
Always enjoy meeting new authors here Ms. Gail. While I’m not sure that dogs, and other animals, have human characteristics, I am certain they have souls (not spirits) and were created by God for us to care for and reward us with joy. Thanks for sharing Ms. Tracy’s book with us today.
Aw, J.D., well said. Thank you for posting your thoughts.
And thank you for connecting with me on LinkedIn.
This makes me wish I am not allergic to dogs! Great review and interview. The idea of including an individual’s dog’s name in the Thanksgiving edition is excellent. Thanks for sharing!
There are so many hypoallergenic dogs available. For example, Shu tzu, Havanese, and Aussie doodle. These are the three breeds who have been a part of my life (so far).
How many of you talk with your dogs? If so, what does a conversation sound like?
Good morning. I hope you had a great weekend. I know there are animal lovers out there, are there any writer’s out there?
If so, what are you writing? Does anyone have any questions about the publishing process?