The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog by Trisha Watson

Trisha Watson


Book Title:  The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction and Inspiration from the Other Side by Trisha Watson
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  284 pages
Genre:  Dog Story, Inspirational
Publisher:  Stone & Light Publishing
Release date:   January 20, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), Gifted Kindle, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: August 24 to September 4, 2020
Content Rating:  G for General Audiences


Book Description:

By reading this newly released book for the dog lover’s soul, you are about to take a remarkable journey through the eyes of Russell the dog. At times you will find that reading about his spiritual adventures takes an open mind, and a willingness to laugh and cry. By choice, Russell has come into this life with a unique dual purpose: to experience his present lifetime as a dog and to review his previous lifetime as a man. His journey is multidimensional; taking him through numerous challenges triggering a spectrum of emotions which he resists. One of his special abilities is to telepathically hear and communicate with other animals, his Spirit Guides, and even people when necessary for his growth. In the process, Russell learns about reincarnation, karma, grace, unlimited thinking, and forgiveness – all from a dog’s point of view and that of a soul who has had many previous human lifetimes.

Guest Post especially for this blog!

Writing from A Dog’s Point of View

Who knew that I would ever write a book…Or to make it more interesting, a book written from a dog’s point of view?

Russell tells his story in The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side.

One of the first basic decisions a writer establishes is if the main character is going to be telling the story or if someone else is. I decided it would be my dog Russell telling his own story mixed with fiction and the inspiration I was receiving. Russell is now in the world of spirit, but the memories of his vivid, mischievous personality are very much alive in my mind bridged to my heart.

The reason I decided to write the book from Russell’s perspective involved his thoughtful investigation of everything ranging from a tiny bug to trees, to watching television. I loved his curiosity. However, his hatred of little boys, I could have done without.

His spikey red hair gave his face the look of a really cute teddy bear. Finding fun he found easy because he was easily entertained. Pouncing on spots made from any type of light refraction. Or jumping on bugs. Tearing into an empty box as if it were a mortal enemy.

I wanted to give him a voice so the reader might have a glimpse of a world foreign to us people. Researching dog behavior became a priority, even though to date, eight dogs have blessed my life. Having two dogs is my mode of operation. However, once a two-dog pet parent, you always need to have two dogs.

So back to writing from a dog’s viewpoint. I enjoyed contemplating what motivated Russell’s performances. What was going on in his mind? What did he think about all day? What did he dream about? I imagined when his feet moved along with a few whimpers during an afternoon nap, he was slaying a box or chasing a dog out of his territory.


What a unique visit with the life of Russell the dog! In this book is the story of this dog’s journey through life. Sadly Russell’s journey didn’t start off so well, but his struggles were to only make him stronger in life. I was both laughing and crying at time as Russel took me on his the different parts of his journey, and as he met his struggles and the fun he had head on. I was especially intrigued reading this story through the eyes of Russell and getting to see and understand the lessons he’s learned through his life journey. I wasn’t sure about this book when I first saw it but I am so glad I read it. It is not only an amazing book to read, it left me loving my little doggie even more. And I’ve many times wondered what she’s thinking, which this will have me wondering even more. This is a fun book to read, getting inside Russells head, and one I think any animal lover will love and appreciate.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and to iREAD Book Tours for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


And now Trisha Watson so graciously gives us more insights into this special book. Be sure to read these questions and answers about the writing of Russell!

Q. Your book is The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog. The second part of the title is A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side. Tell me more about the second part of your book’s title?

Well, it is a blend of truth and fiction. Of the three, the most important element proved to be the inspiration from the other side. Almost every moment I spent engaged in writing or thinking about this book came from a guided part of myself that was inspired by intuitive influences.

Have you ever been moved to do something that comes from a hunch or gut feeling? So far, everyone I’ve met has experienced this type of intuition.

Q. So it was a hunch that motivated you to write The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog?

As it turned out, it was much more than a hunch. I would describe it as a constant nagging, with relentless inner urgings that would not leave me alone. I believe our spirit guides communicate with us through our inner voice, which we believe to be our own thoughts. Often, we disregard our intuitive ideas as the ramblings of our mind. And if the intention is not positive, or of a helpful nature then those thoughts should be disregarded. But very often it’s our spirit guides encouraging us to reach for higher levels of our potential in this incarnation. Spurring us to move beyond mediocrity or being stuck to a state of forward motion with our highest and greatest good as the goal.

A key factor here is that I didn’t want to write a book! And I resisted doing so for close to two years. Maybe it was laziness, but I had a good idea of the huge project writing a book would be and I didn’t want to take it on. Partly because I didn’t consider myself a writer or have the confidence that I could become an author. Still my inner voice wasn’t interested in my fears. I learned over the years, if I didn’t follow the urgings my guides were pushing me to do, I’d likely regret it.

So, for the first two years, I reluctantly began writing things down, telling my husband and friends I was writing a story. By using my own life experiences and family memories, I blended fiction and the inspiration I received from the other side. Over time, the combination poured through my mind slowly developing the plot, characters, dialog, and spiritual principals shared in the book.

Q. With unlimited choices for a lead character, why write a story from the point of view of a dog, named Russell?

Russell was one of my most beloved dogs. His precocious, stubborn, peculiar, personality traits frequently caused me a great deal of stress. Even so, I often found myself laughing about his antics. I grew to understand how his complexities that tested my patience also brought me immense joy, which is perhaps why the story started to form around him. At the time my inner stirrings began, Russell had been in spirit for almost three years. Because he was such a strong personality, from the start, I liked the idea of Russell telling this amazing story from his point of view.

Q. Your path with this story has been interesting. Was there a defining moment that made you decide to make the commitment to move from writing a story to writing a book?

Yes, I have always felt my purpose, in this lifetime, centers around being helpful to others. If I can be of service to all beings; human, animal, and the beingness of the planet, then I am living my purpose.
As the story unfolded, I realized it was a spiritual guidebook. It could be beneficial to those who read it. My reluctance gave way to trusting my guidance with the faith to follow it through to completion. I knew this is what I had to do and then I was able to embrace it.

Q. There are many books out there about spiritual growth. What makes yours different?

The plot is unique, which I suspected at the time it fully formed. However, with so many books written every year I wasn’t sure it already hadn’t been done. The story is about a dog (Russell) who finds he has come into his current incarnation with an unusual dual purpose. The first reason is to experience his lifetime as a dog. His second is to review his previous incarnation as a man named Pete, whose life ended tragically. As Pete, he refused to let the review of his lifetime take place.

After he discovers his twofold purpose for coming into his lifetime as Russell the dog, his spiritual adventure rapidly unfolds.

Various spirit guides, two in particular, teach him about the many aspects of being a soul in a body encouraging him towards his main purpose of finally reviewing his previous lifetime as Pete. He also explores other previous lifetimes relevant to his current repeating traits. Another essential key to Russell’s growth is the love of the woman who adopts him. Her role turns out to be multi layered with a surprise twist. We all have many life lessons encased in our personal spiritual adventure. The discoveries Russell finds along the way can inspire an expansiveness for those who read the book.

One message is resistance causes pain. Currently, everyone on the planet is challenged by the unexpected pandemic. The more we resist this unchangeable reality the more pain we will suffer. Accepting the reality of the pandemic removes the pain of resistance, so we may focus our energies on solutions to grow beyond it, collectively, and as individuals.

I hope all who share in Russell’s journey will be inspired to experience life on a larger canvas of possibilities.

Q. Your book reviews are glowing. What is your next project?

Now that I realized I can write a book, my next inspiration is The Spiritual Adventures of Maggie the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side. Sadly, Maggie, who was going on fifteen, recently made her transition to spirit. My husband and I, along with our other dog, Cooper deeply miss her as we adjust to being without her. The theme of reincarnation will also flow into Maggie’s book, told in her voice, sharing her spiritual adventures.

I honestly believe, we are all each other’s students and teachers, including animals and especially our pets.

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Author Trisha Watson

About the Author

Trisha Watson has a reverence for life, nature, and compassion for those in need, including, and especially animals. Of course, that encompasses pets too, and thus all her dogs and cats over the years were rescues or strays. Because of her passion, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is donated to different animal rescue organizations. Twenty years of self-employment helped her develop a can-do attitude. When asked about the process of writing a book she said, “This story wouldn’t leave me alone, much of it flowed easily. Some of it I don’t remember writing, which at first was spooky, but later made complete sense as the story revealed itself. My intention with this book is to perhaps provide a source of inspiration and healing for those who read it.” At sixteen, Trisha began her spiritual journey. Over the years she has delved into many facets always with an open mind and a dash of healthy skepticism. Never looking back, she keeps moving forward in her own spiritual adventure, seeking to learn and share her experiences with others. Trisha was born in Rhode Island. A few years later her family moved to the “Mile High City” Denver, Colorado where she grew up. As an adult she was drawn to the mountains eventually settling in Evergreen, a small mountain town outside of Denver. It is there she’s built a life with her husband Mark and their two dogs, Maggie and Cooper.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~ twitter  ~ facebook  ~  instagram  ~ goodreads 


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