Last Saturday, Frank met up with accomplished writer, Nick Rogers, and sat down to discuss his new book…and take a couple bets on squirrels. Read on…
[Nick Rogers] Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Frank. He’s the author of “Don’t Fart When You Snuggle. Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile,” a hilarious self-help book for dogs who may need a little help with making their human happy.
Hi Frank, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
[Frank] Hi Nick. Thanks for having me. I like your shirt by the way.
[NR] Oh, thank you.
[F] So, a little bit about me? Well, I’m black and white, so I can wear almost any color of collar and look good in it, which is nice. I enjoy squirrel-watching. I love cheese.
[NR] What were you like in school?
[F] Focused, for the most part. There was this one class with a lot of hot poodles though. Made it hard to concentrate on “sit” and “stay,” if you know what I mean.
[NR] Were you good at English?
[F] Yes. I speak English.
[NR] So, what made you decide to sit down and write this book?
[F] Well, you see, Nick. Can I call you Nick?
[F] I’ve always had this deep-seated passion to make humans smile. I love it. I do it every day. And over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. The problem is that I’m not allowed to go more than a block from my house.
[NR] That’s too bad.
[F] Yes. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve figured out how to get around it.
[F] Well, I started making greeting cards and gifts for humans. I can send those out and make humans smile without leaving my block.
[F] I know, right? I continue to impress myself. So anyway, this really started to take off. People started noticing what I was doing and they loved it! A few of my friends even came onboard to help me with my mission.
[NR] Oh, that’s great! And who are your friends?
[F] They’re my best friends, actually. We do everything together – nap, watch squirrels, knock over trash cans, chew bones. They’re actually just outside, see? There’s Walter, Big Louie, Lulu, Izzy. Wave to them…
[NR] Oh, wow. There they are. Um…what are they doing?
[F] It looks like they are taking bets on which squirrel is going to get that nut over there.
[NR] Why is there a line of cars? Is that my mailman?
[F] So as I was saying, people started noticing what I was doing – the humans I was making smile – and they loved it. They started asking me: “Frank, how are you so good at making humans smile? And why are you so good-looking?”
[NR] Be honest, Frank. Did they really say that last part?
[F] No. But I could tell they were thinking it. I had all these questions coming in, and what I realized is that not all dogs have this making-humans-smile thing totally down. Some need a little help – tweaking, if you will. So I gathered up my best friends and together, we compiled our most tried-and-true tips, tricks and advice for making humans smile into this book. So now, every dog can troubleshoot their technique and perfect how they make humans happy.
[NR] What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
[F] Probably balancing the writing with my squirrel-watching and nap schedules.
[NR] How was it working with your editor?
[F] I love my editor. I’ve never met him in person but it’s like he’s sniffed my butt before. He understands what’s important to me and what I’m trying to achieve. He’s the kind of guy you could sit down with over a big bowl of water, you know what I mean?
[NR] What are you trying to achieve with this book?
[F] My short-term goal is just to help my furry friends make humans smile. The more of us that can do it, the more humans will smile. On a larger scale, I hope humans will take note of the happiness their furry friends bring to them and be inspired to pass that on to other humans.
[NR] Humans making humans smile?
[F] I know it’s a lofty goal, but I think we can achieve it.
[NR] What book are you currently reading?
[F] Small Business for Dummies by Eric Tyson
[NR] Is it good?
[F] Quite good. Did you know those books aren’t actually for dummies?
[NR] Who knew?
[F] I know.
[NR] Where do you see yourself in five years?
[F] I think just doing what I’m doing now but on a larger scale. Still making humans smile. Still being really good-looking. Still loving cheese. Just on a larger scale, you know?
[NR] I think so, yes. What advice would you give to your younger self?
[F] You can’t actually digest everything you put in your mouth.
[NR] Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
[F] Hands down, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie. Let’s face it: They set the bar pretty high when it comes to canine achievement. How does my hair look?
[NR] Uh, fine. You know this is a written interview, right? There are no cameras.
[F] Yes, exactly.
[NR] How can readers discover more about you and you work?
[F] They can visit my website www.greetingsfromfrank.com or check out me and my friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. We’re super social.
[NR] Thanks for your time, Frank.
[F] No problem. My pleasure. Do you want to go outside and bet on the squirrels?
[NR] Actually, I placed my bet five minutes ago. Walter tipped me off on the squirrel with the crazy eyes and fluffy tail. He says he always wins.
[F] I knew I liked you.