Gina Farago Sees Wolf Behavior In Dogs
Welcome back to the Gina Farago interview series. If you’ve missed the rest of Gina’s interview about her novel, Ivy Cole and the Moon, you may want to scroll down to the first day and follow the interview back to this point.
When we left the last installment, Gina had just mentioned that her sequel to Ivy Cole and the Moon is due out next year.
JW: Whens that one scheduled to come out?
GF: I’m hoping it will be out early next year and its titled Luna.
JW: You are talking to animal people on Dogster and Catster, what else would you say to them about why they need to read this book?
GF: That there aren’t a lot of werewolf stories out there that are going to make you feel really good about wolves and dogs. So if you do love the supernatural thrillers and you do love the paranormal but you want those elements in your story as well, you want some heart-warming elements in your story, that mine is a good book to pick up.
JW: You have a toy poodle right now?
GF: And a Belgian Malinois.
JW: You’re telling me earlier that after going to Wolf Park you’re seeing some behaviors when you’re interacting with your Malinois?
GF: At the time I was at Wolf Park we had a big Belgian Mallenois named Sadie. She has since passed away and we have a younger one named Maggie. But as I was writing the book, Sadie was a lot of my inspiration. She was very wolfish.
JW: Tell me about that.
GF: Well, one thing that I picked up at Wolf Park that wolves do is when they go into sort of a predatory mode is they lower their heads. The ears are still pricked and the gaze gets very intense but the head lowers. That is how Sadie would protect our home. When she would come out of the house, if there were a stranger, the first thing she would do is that head would go really low. The hackles would come up on the back and her gaze would get very, very intense. That was a very wolfish behavior that I had observed at Wolf Park from these animals.
JW: Well as you see Sadie doing that, what goes through your mind?
GF: That she was closer to the wolf than I realized.
It made me have a new respect for her. It made me realize that I was a little closer to feral nature than I realized. That even though I did have a domestic dog in my life I could not take that for granted that she was all domestic dog because those wolf genes are still in her blood and sometimes those did come out. Even though before Wolf Park I didn’t quite realize what I was looking at, after that trip I saw her in a completely different way. I started to observe things she did that I thought were just funny, quirky Sadie things and I realized shes doing wolf things. A dominant behavior or the hunting stance and I viewed her in a completely different light.
Come back tomorrow to hear more from Gina Farago!