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Author: MayaAndPierson
December 18, 2013
Meet the Pet Bloggers Hop

A Face Behind the Pet Car Safety Lady

Me and My Dogs maya and Pierson

Left to right: Maya, Dawn, Pierson

Hi! My name is Dawn Ross. I generally put Maya & Pierson in front of the camera when I talk about pet car safety. But thanks to an idea from Amy with, perhaps I should tell you more about me. There are four things I love to talk about the most… Maya, Pierson, my husband, and myself! 😉

Engagement Photo of Li Xi and Dawn Ross

The engagement photo of my husband, Li Xi and I. 2009

Labrador and Pet Travel Calm

What do I do besides love my family and promote pet travel products?

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?

I love the world of fantasy with dragons, knights, wizards, and castles. My all-time favorite fantasy novels are the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?


Action/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, and Disney movies are what I like best. Trying to choose one movie is very difficult, so I will choose one from each of my three favorite genres. Action/adventure – Indiana Jones. Then again, I could watch the Transformers movies over and over again. Sci-fi/fantasy – Star Wars or perhaps Lord of the Rings. Disney – I absolutely loved Tangled.

What’s your favorite non-animal related food?


Cheese. I love cheese. Any kind of cheese will do. Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cheese cake, goat cheese, Munster, Havarti, gouda, brie, parmesan, cottage cheese, okay maybe not blue cheese.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Free time? What’s that? I used to do a lot of crafts. I enjoyed beading. At one time, I was even making my own beads out of rolled up paper. I also like to use plastic canvas. Plastic canvas can be cut into shapes. You can then thread designs on it using yarn, and then sew the shapes together to make something three dimensional.

Plastic Canvas and Yarn

A decorative bowl made from plastic canvas, designed and sewn together with yarn.

Paper Beaded Necklace, Cream

The longer beads are made from rolled up wrapping paper.

Paper Bead Necklace, Blue

The longer blue beads are made from rolled up gift wrapping paper.

Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?

1. Drawing – If you follow my American Dog Blog, then you probably already know I am an artist. I love to draw nature and animals. In fact, I have a website dedicated just for my artwork at

Sundown Mountain Artwork by Dawn Ross

Sundown Mountain, pastel by Dawn Ross.

Gracie the Cat

Gacie, pastel and colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

2. Reading – I love to read about ancient history. Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Greece, Rome, the Dark Ages, Renaissance, etc.

3. Writing – My love for history led me to a love for mythology, which in turn led me to a love for fantasy. In fact, I have written three fantasy novels, “The Third Dragon”, “The Raven’s Fire”, and “The Dragon & The Lion”. As is common in fantasy, these three novels encompass a trilogy I call “The Dukarian Legacy”. Each book has its own story that can stand on its own. But the characters are all the same throughout and there is a grander tale tell. You can buy my books on Amazon in either paperback or e-book version. I also have another blog for my writing, although I haven’t updated it in some time. Still, you can read a couple of my short fantasy stories there along with some of my writing and publishing tips.

Third Dragon Book Cover Small

“The Third Dragon: Book One of the Dukarian Legacy” by Dawn R. Ross, available on Amazon.

What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart?

Now, back to talking about my dogs. Dogs really are my passion. I’ve had dogs my entire life and cannot imagine life without them. My dogs bring me more joy than the three things mentioned above combined. Regardless, there are still things about my dogs that drive me nuts. For one, I would love to travel the world. I’d love to see the ancient Greek temples and other things I’ve read about in my love for history. But my dogs make it difficult for me to do these things. Let’s be truly honest, though, it is also lack of time and money that keep me from being able to travel.

Another thing that drives me nuts about the dogs is all the shedding. You’d think that because I’ve had dogs my entire life I’d be used to it. And to be sure, I am probably more used to it than most other people. But it still drives me nuts.

I also dislike having to stand outside in adverse weather waiting to pick up Maya’s poop so Pierson doesn’t eat it. I don’t like the fact that Pierson is dog aggressive, that Maya still pulls on a leash despite six years of training, how Pierson barks at everything, and that Maya knows she is not supposed to jump on people but does it anyway.

Despite all those things, they pale in comparison to the joys Maya and Pierson bring me. I love playing with them, cuddling with them, training them to do fun tricks, taking them for walks, taking them shopping, and so on.

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?

I would still choose dogs. I like cats okay, but prefer dogs. I’ve never had the same breed or breed mix twice, so I suppose I would choose a breed or breed mix I haven’t had before. I tend to prefer medium to large dog breeds, so whatever I choose probably won’t be a toy breed. But I don’t always choose the dog I want. Sometimes they choose me.

Me and My Dog Sephi

Persephone (Sephi) and Dawn

Smokey & Becky Anne

Smokey & Becky Anne

My Dog Achilles

My dog Achilles, colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

Cassie Artwork by Dawn Ross

Cassie, colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

Have I talked about myself enough yet? Are you bored now? Well, perhaps it is time to read about other dog bloggers. Check out this blog hop below to read about some of my favorite dog, cat, bunny, and bird people:

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20 Responses to “Meet the Bloggers Blog Hop”

  1. Pup Fan:

    Awesome that you’re joining us on the hop – I enjoyed reading your answers and getting a peek behind the pups! 🙂

    (Love Terry Goodkind! I’m a fantasy nerd too.)

  2. maggie:

    I totally agree with you about the shedding! We use to blame it on the cats, until it was just Maggie and then realized it was her! (sorry kitties, I didn’t know) However funny enough, I’ve learned to live with it proudly! Great to get to know you!
    Trina & Maggie

  3. Roxy the traveling dog:

    So fun to learn more about you. Writing as well as drawing? You are one talented lady!

  4. Pamela | Something Wagging This Way Comes:

    Wow, a novelist, artist, and dog mom? You’ve won the prize for busiest blogger for sure.

  5. Ann Staub:

    I love fantasy type stuff! I swear that I made some of those same beads when I was a kid… I also used to be big into beading when I was much younger. Great to read more about you!

  6. Flea:

    I love the photos! Look how adorable you are! And head cheese – would you eat head cheese? I love cheese, but that’s where I draw the line. Would you try haggis? I know it’s not cheese, but I’m curious. I’d like to try haggis. And kimchee. I’d like to try that, too.

  7. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks, Flea! 🙂 I’ve eaten authentic tamales, which are made from the head of the pig. So sure I’d try head cheese. I’d try anything once. I think I’ve had haggis before. Never heard of kimchee. Sounds good.

  8. Jen:

    I’m so glad that you joined the hop and I got to learn more about you and see some pictures! Yay!

    Cheese is good, I can never get enough cheese!

  9. M. K. Clinton:

    I LOVE Disney movies. Of course, I cry at every single one of them! I really enjoyed Tangled! “Up” is one of my favorites! Your books look great!

  10. Lindsay:

    I had no idea you’d written fantasy novels! That’s awesome! So proud of you.

  11. MayaAndPierson:

    Thank you everyone! 🙂 I am really enjoying reading all of your meet the blogger posts.

  12. Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom:

    Hi Dawn! OMG, we have at least one thing very much in common — a desire to travel and the lack of sufficient time &/or money to do it! I love history, too, but my interest is in more recent history, like WWI, WWII, and the Korean War (of the 1950s, not the one that the current North Korean dictator would seemingly like to start).

    Oh! And if it weren’t for M*A*S*H, I wouldn’t know what kimchee is either. It’s pickled cabbage that ferments in a special pot which is buried in the ground..or at least it USED TO be back in the 50’s (and earlier) when South Korea was still as poor as the northern, communist-controlled part of the peninsula.

    Great to get to know you a bit better! I will definitely make a point of visiting your other blogs and checking out your books on Amazon!

  13. MayaAndPierson:

    I love M*A*S*H. Brilliant! I used to watch it all the time a few years ago and love all the characters.

  14. Leslie:

    Holy woof! A blogger, artist and novelist? Very pleased to meet you and glad you joined the hop. (Also glad you mentioned your American Dog site – I knew something sounded familiar.)

    I am a big fan of fantasy myself and appreciate you mentioning your own books – I will be looking those up for sure. Love your pictures, too. Thanks for sharing them.

  15. Jessica @YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner:

    I used to make beads too. I made them out if Fimo Clay. I am decent at making things with my hands but I can’t draw to save my life. I admire your pastels.

  16. Jodi:

    Wow Dawn, so many things I did not know, I’m so glad you decided to join the blog hop!! You know Sampson really pulls on his leash when we’re walking despite the fact that he’s 9 and knows better, I feel your pain.

    I have a feeling my kindle will be downloading some new books very soon, they sound good.

    thanks for joining us!!

  17. Donna and the Dogs:

    You know, I only recently discovered your artistic talent (from your other blog) but I had no idea you had three books in print too. That is friggin awesome.

    Where do you find the time for all these passions?

    P.S. Suddenly I want to go routing around in my fridge for cheese….

  18. Melf:

    You are so talented! Books and drawings? I love your drawings btw. The beading is beautiful. I think you and my sister would hit it off. 🙂

    I have a Lab that looks like Maya. So beautiful. I also can relate to the whole poop-eating. Drives me crazy. Winter is the worst because both all three seemed to have picked up a love for popsicles. Blech!

    So nice to meet you!

  19. Susan from

    So nice to meet you. I’ve met so many sci fi and LOTR fans through this hop; who woulda thunk?

  20. julie:

    So happy you joined the hop! Great photos or you and your family 🙂 Cheese – it’s just the best thing EVER, isn’t it?? Beautiful artwork – you are multitalented!