Why did you decide to adopt a rescue dog?

There are so many unwanted, neglected and abused pets across the Nation that we want to do our part to re-home as many as we can. We have always adopted rescues and strays because they are so resilient, loving and loyal. Their gratitude defies explanation. We always wonder, ”Who rescued who?”

What drew you specifically to Mochi?

Mochi’s photo on the rescue organization’s website was hysterical. We fell in love with that cartoon-looking face. She looked like she would be a handful and that she would be quirky…which we love…and she was. We love a good challenge I guess. It was love at first sight!

How long have you had her?

Since 2010

Where did you get her?

A giant breed dog rescue organization called, “Big Dogs Huge Paws” out of Denver, CO.. They rescue dogs over 100 lbs all across the USA.

Does Mochi’s tongue affect her diet?

No, but she eats and drinks very sloppily.

How long is her tongue?

Relaxed, from root of the tongue to the tip it is over 14” long. Relaxed from her snout to the tip of the tongue it is over 7.3 inches long. When she yawns and stretches her tongue out, it is about 20” long! Gross!

Do you need to do anything special for Mochi because of her long tongue?

Yes, we clean it off now and then.

What is Mochi’s favorite treat?

She loves everything except fruits and vegetables. We give her sweet potatoes pieces for treats…she doesn’t get any other human foods.

What is Mochi’s favorite thing to do?

Sleep and eat!

Why did you want to write the children’s book and why did you use Mochi the Dog as the main character of the children’s book you wrote?

Because Mochi is different, she was not wanted because she looked weird and different and so many young kids get bullied for their differences. I wanted to not only show kids and adults THAT despite negative life experiences, we can work through them and be resilient. We can set our sights on our dreams/goals and go after them and we should not let anyone stop us from reaching those dreams. Also, I wanted to set an example of kindness, acceptance and forgiveness along with the message of being different is amazing and that we can turn our differences into our strengths.

Why is the first book in The Adventures of Mochi the Dog series mostly about kindness, acceptance and compassion if the series is supposed to be about science for young kids?

Great questions. There have been numerous socio-environmental studies conducted that have concluded there is a link between teaching children compassion for animals to children having greater empathy and compassion for other humans and also for their environment as they grow older.

Pro-environmental tendencies (the ability of an adult to feel empathy for the suffering of the planet’s ecosystem and be proactive in working toward a solution to the issue) on a larger scale have been linked with priming empathy and compassion in one’s childhood.

Why did you use animal characters instead of humans for the books?

Additional studies have shown that children are born with a love of animals and that often children relate to animals before they relate to other children; therefore, we have used animal characters for the series.