Chiwah Carol Slater (Pet Writes Founder) and Precious the Pet Writes Pup …
Well, the same is true for a pet. And since this is Pet Writes, and Chiwah loves pets, we figure this is as good a time as any for you to meet Precious.
When Chiwah’s dear friend and housemate, TC, first brought Precious into their lives, he christened her “Presence.” But they slipped into calling her ‘Precious,’ and the name stuck. She’s Precious … because she’s precious!
Precious loves Chiwah, but she’s really attached to TC, the pack’s alpha male—which is hilarious, because TC doesn’t really do alpha. He’s the consummate pet parent, doing his best to make sure Precious has all the advantages he never enjoyed in his own youth. For example, the assurance of validation by others. TC never felt he had that.
So … here’s how it plays out: Precious will be sitting in the very special pooch seat TC built for her in the corner of the living room, surveying the neighborhood on both streets bounding the property. A mid-size black dog she loathes strolls by, or the neighbor’s cat jumps up on the fence across the street, and Precious springs into action with The Big Bark. Since she’s a little dog, The Big Bark is a tenor. But its ferocious intent is utterly unmistakable.
Engrossed in a story all his own on his computer in his bedroom, clear on the other side of the house, TC gets the message. In half a minute he appears on the scene, makes his way over to Precious’s throne, bends down and looks out the window with her, all the while discussing with her the juicy details of whatever it is that’s got her barking.
Once he’s sure she feels validated, he returns to his computer game.
But one day—mind you, this really happened! TC was so engrossed in whatever he was doing on his computer that he just couldn’t tear himself away. So, what does he do? He calls out, “Precious, I’m sorry, I can’t come out there right now to look out the window with you. If you can wait a minute or two, I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
And what does Precious do? She stops barking! Immediately.
It boils down to this: Precious was barking at the cat across the street, yes. But she was really barking to alert TC, because he’s clearly quite concerned about these goings-on in the neighborhood. If he weren’t, why in heaven’s name would he come out and look out the window every time she barks?
They have a real thing going, these two.
Still, that begs the question, What is Precious’s role at Pet Writes? CIO. Chief Inspirational Officer. Were it not for Precious, Chiwah probably would never have considered what an important role pet stories play in people’s lives. She certainly wouldn’t have met half the people she’s met these last five years, or had half the joy she’s experienced.
Back to ‘what’s in a name’: People are always asking Chiwah how she got her name. She says it was given to her by a martial arts teacher in 1992. In case you’re wondering, he told her it meant “Soarer of Many Flights.”
True to her name, Chiwah has explored a number of different life paths. After earning a Masters degree in linguistics (Native American languages), she became certified as a practitioner of NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming). Using NLP, she co-created corporate sales training programs with her ex-husband and developed her own private emotional healing practice. Along the way, she delved deeply into the spiritual traditions of Native America, Polynesia, and India.
Chiwah has founded and published two successful magazines. Some 25 years ago, she began ghostwriting and editing books and guiding would-be authors through the intricacies of writing, publishing, and learning how to use their books to have a bigger positive impact in the world.
In 2010 she met her business mentor, Gina Gaudio-Graves. It was Gina who suggested she consider setting up a venue where storytellers could get their animal and pet stories out to the world in books. That led to the founding of PetWrites.com and Pet Writes Press, where authors are given the marketing support that’s nearly always lacking in today’s publishing world (unless of course your fame precedes your book).
Chiwah and Precious live in a beach community near San Diego, California. While Precious sits on her throne surveying the world and making sure TC remains apprised of what’s going on in the neighborhood, Chiwah spends her days creating, refining, and presenting opportunities for storytellers enamored of animals and small business owners who want an easy way to get a book written for their business (the latter primarily at awritetoknow.com .)