Welcome Laura Benko to LLAPets. Laura’s a Feng Shui consultant who’s written a book called The Holistic Dog…
Live, Love, Adopt Pets (LLAP)-Could you tell us about yourself and what you do?
Laura Benko (LB)-I’m a modern Feng Shui consultant and after I wrote The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space, photographer Susan Fischer and I decided to do a book about a dog in their Space. She shot them in their favorite Space and I interviewed the dogs family and delved into the canines Mind (their behavior, quirks, personality) and their Body (breed, nutrition, health, wellness, physical attributes) and their Spirit (karmic connection of how the dog came into their owners life, lessons they were taught by their dogs presence, and the deep, unspoken bond between humans and their dogs.
LLAP-Are you a pet owner, and if so, could you tell us about them?
LB-My little love is Yogi. He’s a 9 year old Irish Terrier and he’s loyal, psychic, tenacious, playful, curious and constantly trying to tune into me – looking at my facial expressions, discerning my tones, picking up cues. He’s my loving companion – besides my husband!
Yogi was the inspiration for the book, as well as line of holistic dog products that my company makes. http://www.theholistichomecompany.com/Dogs-s/1931.htm
LLAP-Tell us more about the book and how it can help us get a better understanding of our canine friends?
LB-The first half of the book has beautiful dog portraits and their stories. Each dog story ranges from a paragraph to a page or two. And each story kind of has a theme. Whether it is perseverance, unconditional love, life lessons, getting more exercise, becoming more social, learning patience or the responsibility of caregiving – every dog story has an overriding dog-to-human lesson or two that inadvertently unfolded in the interview process.
The second half of the book are interviews with canine practitioners in mind, body, and spirit. The canine mind experts cover behaviorists, scientists, trainers and a dog toy inventor. The canine body experts cover a canine nutritionist, holistic vets, canine chiropractor, and more. The experts in the spirit section cover dog psychics, canine reiki practitioners and a canine bereavement specialist.
I found that by delving into the canine mind, body and spirit it enriches the relationship between human and dog.
LLAP-You’re a Feng Shui consultant, so do you feel pets are essential to a home?
LB-Of course! (The only exception to this would be a completely unruly dog that is destroying the home and violent and aggressive to the occupants!) Dogs are sentient beings that raise the chi by adding their unconditional love and presence to a space. Their energy can set the tone for the atmosphere in your home. They are pure love.
LLAP-Finally, if you could offer readers one tip about making our homes more pet friendly what would it be?
LB-Creating both active and passive spaces for your dog are important. If you create an area just for them that is situated by a window, that is ideal. It makes them happy to see the world around them, see whose coming and going and feel like they are “protecting their land”. Also, having one or two quiet spaces for them – preferably putting their bed in one of them- is crucial for a dogs wellbeing.
Laura has been featured in Real Simple, Vogue, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Cosmopolitan, Brides, More Magazine, METRO News, Montage, Newsday, Entrepreneur, New Jersey Life, Elements, Decorating Solutions, AM New York, New York Magazine, Thrive Market, Elle Decor, HGTV.com, Martha Stewart Whole Living Sirius Radio, The Nate Berkus Show and as a television segment host for Live It Up! (WLNY).
Laura teaches AIA credited seminars for architects about Feng Shui and Architecture as well as a seminar based on her book, The Holistic Home at Pratt in New York City. She currently consults for several developers, was named The City’s Best Feng Shui Expert by New York Magazine, was chosen as the new Feng Shui Expert for About.com (see videos here), has written the bestselling book, The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind Body Spirit Space which (May 2018) won the Gold for the Independent Publishers Book Awards. She recently wrote her second book, The Holistic Dog: Inside The Canine Mind, Body, Spirit, Space (both Helios/Skyhorse). She is the founder and owner of the luxury goods enterprise, TheHolisticHomeCompany.com and will be launching her own school, The Holistic Home School of Feng Shui July 2019. http://www.laurabenko.com/
You can purchase an autographed copy of the Holistic Dog by using the following link-
Laura’s Dog Yogi