Stasha Has a Nose for News
As a pampered pooch I live in one of the most dog friendly places on the planet, Newport Beach.
In this town, it’s not uncommon to see dogs riding in Porsches and Mercedes, and now writing a column forStuNewsNewport.com.
Going from “Stasha the Wonder Dog” to “Stasha the Writer Dog” – as Newport council candidate Mike Glenn nicknamed me – is pretty amazing.
Launching this canine column was the brainchild of StuNewsNewport.com Publisher Tom Johnson.
I hang with Tom most Sundays while he does his radio show on KOCI 101.5, “Sunday Brunch with Tom & Lynn,” as I’m the fur baby of Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia who contributes political commentary to the show.
I’m not one of those annoying yappy fidgety dogs; I just like to chill and listen to the conversations.
Being a well-known dog about town, Tom thought it would be a good idea for StuNewsNewport.com to break new ground with their first canine columnist, and I’m up for the challenge.
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Stasha contemplates new story ideas
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing perspective from a dog’s point of view, giving our readers tips on products, health, food, training, and yes, my adventures.
I’ll admit I have a bit of an identity crisis. I’m a dog living a very human existence, not to mention my Mom was a Labrador and Dad, a Chihuahua.
I know the visual on that is a bit disturbing on so many levels, but isn’t it always when you think about your parents being intimate?
Anyway, I hit the doggie rescue lottery in 2012 at the Pet Expo at the OC Fairgrounds when I caught the eye of Barbara’s husband Stan Tkaczyk.
He was a new Orange County Fair Board member; he’d been walking around the Expo checking things out.
She’d been shopping at the OC MarketPlace swap meet and the Fairgrounds that day – as was evident by all the useless crap in her shopping cart.
I was about five months old when they discovered me at the Expo in a pen with the rest of my litter.
As soon as Stan held me, we bonded, and I knew he’d be a great doggie daddy, but Barbara was kind of sketchy.
She apparently never had a pet, and didn’t seem interested in having one that day either.
I figured I was screwed here, but as luck would have it, she reached in her purse, handed a $100 donation to the Victorville organization that had rescued me, and plopped me in her shopping cart.
Walking to the car, Stan decided I needed a name, looked into my eyes and called me Stasha. Stasha is Stacy in Polish – which Stan is – so, I’m named after his mom as my easy disposition reminded him of her.
As soon as we got home, Barbara picked me up trying to make a connection with me, but she was scary, I peed on her and Stan captured the whole thing on video!
The next thing I knew Vlad the Russian Dog Wizard was in the picture. Sensing this guy meant business, I wasn’t going to mess with him. In the next few weeks, I became a model student, and it became apparent that he was training my new parents – more than me!
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My friends and I sometimes need a “bit” of training
I love Vlad and he’s been a constant in my life.
I’m happy to report it didn’t take long for Barbara to go from reluctant dog owner to my “smother”. She smothers me with love, and we’re never apart.
The fact that she’d never had a dog before worked for me because she had no clue pets spent their days at home, eating, sleeping and waiting for their owners to return. That’s not how she saw things. From day one, she strapped my little furry tush into the seat belt and took me everywhere she went.
She was committed to making sure I was socialized and better behaved than most people’s children, and by all accounts I am.
These days I party with my peeps in Newport and Vegas, and even have my own subscription to DogTV, which quite frankly is on in our house more than HBO.
What can I say; it’s a dog life…and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Contact Stasha with your questions or comments at Stashaspeaks11@yahoo.com