Mindy: It means I get to hunt for food while the rest of the pack naps. Actually, I am a top ranked obedience trainer, owner, handler, and a rally judge. The dogs keep me on my toes and we have a lot of fun together.
Iva: That is most excellent! I bet your packmates just love you! What gave you the idea for the Magical Drool Mysteries? Can you tell us about the books and characters?
Mindy: The Magical Drool Mysteries are based on real events of a real dog and his boy. George is an egotistical magical basset hound familiar. Between him, his Girlpup, a 12-year-old witch in training, Karly, and their Auntie Heather, they solve mysteries. Along the way they show the importance of taking care of the Earth.
Iva: Are the books similar to Nancy Drool books?
Mindy: I don’t think so. This isn’t gender specific, and the mysteries are paranormal. Not too many dragons in the Nancy Drew mysteries. It is a nice play on words.
Mindy: Once again, George has to find an answer. Tillie, the puppygirl his packsibling Joey was given in “George Knows” attracts a ghost who haunts her. George has to find a way to make the ghost disappear. During his hunt for the answer, Auntie Heather and Karly, his Girlpup, witch-in-training, learn about some forgotten American History.
Iva: What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?
Mindy: I’m basically a soccer mom for dogs. Due to a disability, I can’t do as much as I used to, so a friend trains and runs my dogs in agility. The oldest, an obedience trial champion, is almost 15 and does nosework. We go to obedience lessons and I teach at a couple clubs. My life went to the dogs.
Iva: A life with the dogs is a fabulous thing! George has been waiting patiently here for his turn with some questions, keeping himself busy with some smelltasting and such.
Hi, George! What’s it like being a witch’s familiar? Please tell us what a regular day for you looks like!
George: What’s it like being a Peep? If Packmom or Karly remember to feed me, I have breakfast. Then I nap. If I have to move because the sun isn’t where I left it, I will wiggle over and catch it. Since that’s a lot of work, I take another snooze. When Karly gets home, she takes me to check out my pee mail and do my thing. After she cleans up after me, we head home and I have to remind her to feed me. Usually, she does her homework and I sleep at her feet. When she’s finished, we’ll head over to Aunt Heather’s and teach Karly spells. Things like healing broken animals and Peeps, what herbs do what, is that a RABBIT! RABBITRABBITRABBIT… oh. False alarm, just a stuffed squeaky. Is that for me?
Iva : YES! It is a stuffed rabbit squeaky! Here you go. Just a little thank you for being on my blog today.
So, I noticed you do a lot of smelltasting. What’s your favorite smelltaste?
George: It truly depends on the moment. It’s like you Peeps, sometimes you want cake and other times you want steak. Although the earthy dungflygrasssweet of rabbit droppings are always a favorite.
Iva: Oh, yes, rabbit droppings. I heard that flavor was becoming super popular. It might be nice in a candle scent for sure!
What do you like best about solving mysteries, George?
George: Getting the hamburger at the end. You Peeps don’t know about the best part because the lady with the hands, my secret-ary stops writing before the good part!
Iva: Of course, the hamburger! Oh, wait a second… we’re having some commotion here. Oh… it’s Lupo! The non-magical Belgian Shepalingo. He’s part Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Malamute, and Dingo. He’s just busted down the door because he’s so excited to meet you.
I love my purple dinosaur.
George: The pay is bad. It's a lot of work, and it's far easier just to be a pet. However, there are times where magical drool is useful. It's fun to see my Boypup skid across the floor.
Iva: I can tell Lupo really wishes he had magic drool, too! His tail is wagging a lot right now.
Lupo: Do you have any advice for a non-magical dog?
George: Sniff a lot, eat when you can, pee when you can, and make sure you turn three times before going to sleep. It keeps the ghosts from haunting or possessing your body.
Iva: Great advice, George! Mindy and George, where can readers find you on the ever-so-amazing internet?
Iva: A big thank you once again to Mindy and George for visiting the blog today. For Peeps and all dogs big and small, please feel free to comment below!