‘Pet Types’ book signing Saturday to benefit local dog

Published on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 by Marisa Willis

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Ever wonder why your Golden Retriever only likes to go for walks in the rain? Or if your Siamese can tell the difference between the name brand cat food and generic?
If you want to learn how to make the most of your relationship with your fury friend, then you are in luck.
Birch Bay resident Maureen Kelly, author of “Wine Types: Discover Your Inner Grape,” has a new book titled “Pet Types: Communing Heart to Heart.”  

A book signing for Kelly’s new novel will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at the Bay Café in Birch Bay. Twenty five percent of proceeds from the event will go to Grey Muzzle Organization, a non-profit group who funds and sponsors the care of elderly dogs.

Donations and proceeds will specifically benefit Mieka, a 17-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, who is being fostered in Birch Bay and needs surgery.

Though the idea of truly communicating with pets may seem farfetched to some, Kelly said the opportunities are endless for humans to learn and grow from animals.

We have a tendency to think the pastures are greener on the other side of the fence, but pets don’t do that,” Kelly said. “An animal makes its home right where it is.”

“Pet Types” blends the author’s personal antidotes and experiences, pet and pet owner personality assessments and basic temperament theories to help readers decide how best to relate to their own pets. Kelly said she took 20 years of professional personality consulting on humans, and applied it to her biggest passion in life; animals.

“I want people to recognize that [pets] have so many gifts to share with us,” Kelly said. “I thought if I could put it into these kinds of terms, people would have a fun way to find out more about their pets.”

A large portion of the book is reserved for discovering which personality type a reader relates to most. Through a series of questions, readers can determine if they are a C.O.P. (Commitment, Order and Preservation), L.O.P. (Life Of Party), Z.O.P. (Zealous Objective Perfectionist), or H.O.P. (Helpful, Optimistic and Philosophical). Kelly, who considers herself a H.O.P., said this distinction will help humans understand why their pets do the things they do.

Kelly said the most important lesson her pets have taught her is remembering to live life in the moment. “They don’t worry about the past, they don’t fret about the future,” Kelly said. Pets never hold grudges or think, “Well, I can’t believe she said that,” Kelly said.