Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
 
   If you have been following Books by Rose, by now you all have heard of Beasley and the two books written about him.
   
   I'm excited to tell you the story of how his illustrations came about. 
   
   Paula Carlson has been a longtime friend. When I saw her two adorable Beagles, I knew they had to be a part in my books. 

   Enjoy this interview with Paula about her sweet Beagles.

1) Penny and Lexi were your family's pets for many years. Fill us in on them. 
 
   I met Penny and Lexy at the end of October 2003. I believe there were 12 pups in the litter.





   Penny was a fat little puppy who loved to tuck up her little rear end and run crazy from the other puppies in the litter. A friendly, happy little girl, with lots of brown and white spots on her, and the sweetest brown eyes! She melted my heart!
   The smallest puppy was Lexy, the runt of the bunch, small and skinny, but BOY could she howl! She fit in the palm of our hands and let out a howl that amazed us.  Lexy was our "problem child" of the bunch. She had black and white fur with a touch of brown.           She loved Busy Bones, and was always adamant she was ready, clean with no bath needed, and she told us that with her howling. 
   We began the potty training and the crazy wonderfulness of being Beagle parents. They were active babies, always getting into something. They never chewed up important things. Potty training came easy for them. I played soft classic music for them when I wanted them to nap. I did this for them until the day they died. 
   Hunting squirrels and rabbits in the little park in our neighborhood was a favorite for both of them. They never caught one.  Those two loved going on our canoe trips, riding and sleeping in the canoe. With dogs being experienced with canoes, they knew just when to shift their weight. We made stops and picnics along the many rivers we floated. They loved wading in the rivers and creeks we often took them too. We took them everywhere, on every trip.  When we weren't canoeing, we searched out different parks and places with woods to take them there. They loved being in the woods.

   Lexy loved kids. Our granddaughter dressed her up and played little tea parties. When our grandchildren were babies, I'd say Lex, watch the baby, and go upstairs or to the bathroom, and she'd sit or lay right beside them, watching them like a mother bird. She adored them. 
   Penny snuggled, and layed on the couch with them, and would get as close as she could, but did not appreciate getting clothes or hats put on her. She'd look at me like "HELP MOM," where Lexy was more the type, "I AM a PRINCESS", someone recognizes my royal blood! Now bow, you peasants! LOL. 
   Between the two of them, Penny was like my daughter, and Lexy was my best friend. They were different but both irreplaceable.

2) When they passed away, you became very passionate in helping other animals in need. 

   When they passed, I decided I wanted to do something that mattered for animals. Every animal deserves the quality of life that my girls did. 
   I found a wonderful organization called Beagle Freedom Project  that rescues Beagles and other animals from labs. They accept donations and offer items to buy with 100% of the money going to rescue! Beagles are the most used dog in laboratories because of their sweet and "aim to please" nature. It breaks my heart to see these precious animals exploited in this way. These sweet animals give so much love, yet they're abused. Animals should not be specimens for testing, and it's changed my life so I now shop cruelty free. I gave up many of the products I use, but it's important to take a stand on this! I use an app called Cruelty Cutter. You open the app, and scan the barcode of a product and the app tells you if the product if testing is being on animals. 


3) I understand you make many other crafts! Tell us more. 


   I make and sell memorial bracelets called Rainbow Bridge Bracelets. Included in each color of the rainbow in array of hand selected beads, a paw print, and a heart. I donate 100% of the profit to Beagle Freedom Project. They are a wonderful way to remember your pet!
   I love or should I say LIVE to crochet. I make amigurumi animals and dolls for my grandchildren, hats, scarves, Afghans, and even clothing!  I'm a passionate crocheter!

4) What advice do you give others to become more involved in helping animals in need? 

   If you want to help animals, there's many ways! Its great try to become cruelty free in your life. Search out products that don't test on animals. We have to get the message out and stopping buying these products sends a message. Commit to donating even $5.00 a month to Beagle Freedom Project or SPCA or your local shelter. Make or donate your used blankets to the shelter. Pick up a box of treats each time you shop and donate them. Frightened animals love the comfort of a soft blanket, a toy or a chew bone. It may be the first kindness they've seen. Little things matter. Many animals are in need out there. It matters much to ONE, and by helping one at a time, we can help each of them. It matters. 
    If you see or suspect animal abuse, call the authorities!

Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos of Lexy and Penny!
What great gifts to buy for someone and donating back to animals in need.  


If anyone is interested in buying a bracelet, or earrings, they can contact Paula at:
 pennysmom10@gmail.com, or call me at 816-304-6021.

   Feel free to print out this coloring page of Beasley! Enjoy! 
 


Comments

04/04/2017 9:45am

Penny and Lexi are both very adorable dogs. They're quite old already based from the interview and how they look. However, I think that they still have a long way to go, seeing how lovely they are. I'm glad that they were raised in a very loving family. You are a blessing to them as they are to you. I wish the both of you good health and hope that your beautiful angels stay much longer.

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04/05/2017 7:44am

Hello, thank you for your comment today!

Unfortunately they are both already crossed the rainbow bridge and are happily playing together.

Paula has made a beautiful poem to go along with the lovely bracelets she makes.

Thank you again and have a great week!

Rosie

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04/12/2017 3:19pm

A very good information indeed, but we need another one.

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Great article!! tHanks a lot to you! So cool!

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04/21/2017 8:14am

Hello, thanks for stopping by today with your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Have a great day,
Rosie

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Looks like he's quite playful dog.

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04/28/2017 7:22am

Yes, Paul had two very playful dogs that she and her family enjoyed so much.

Thanks for your comment,
Rosie

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04/28/2017 12:47am

Pets are also the part of family.

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04/28/2017 7:19am

I agree!

Rosie

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Great sharing.

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05/03/2017 7:31am

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this interview with Paula.

Rosie

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05/03/2017 7:45am

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this interview about Paula and her sweet beagles.

Rosie

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05/05/2017 12:38am

Keep posting.

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05/05/2017 5:36am

Thank you for stopping by to read my interview.

Rosie

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05/25/2017 12:37am

his is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.

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05/25/2017 5:49am

Hello, I'm glad you found my blog and enjoyed it.
Thank you for stopping by to read my interview with Paula Carlson and behind the scenes on how my Beasley books where created.
I appreciate your kind words.

Thanks again,
Rosie

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