Wrapping up the week and our Real Housewives of New York City interviews, we bring you Bethenny Frankel and her dog, Cookie. Coming next week, if we can get pictures soon will be Ramona Singer and the family dog, Coco.
CDW: Thanks for interviewing with us a second time! Who knew our paths would cross again this way? We watch the show obviously and we read on your blog at Bravo that Cookie was ill. What was wrong and how is she now?
Bethenny: Cookie has something called IMT. It is a blood platelet disorder. Basically, she had fewer than 100 blood platelets when she is supposed to have something like 250 to 500 thousand which is terrifying. She didn’t have a good chance. Blood platelets are what clots when you feel hurt. We were terrified that she would bang her head or hit anything and internally bleed. This happened once, and she relapsed this year, now she is on chemo doses of prednisone and we’re tapering it. A homeopathic vet in the Hamptons has also put her on herbal pills to make the tapering easier. Truthfully, I was lax on the herbals last time and I think it’s why she relapsed. I’m not much for western medicine.
CDW: Does the medicine have any side effects?
Bethenny: The meds make her pee constantly, extremely thirsty and starving and prone to weight gain. She goes for hour long walks each day and is keeping her weight down. Ironically, I’m a natural foods chef and my girl has junk in the trunk.
CDW: That’s funny! You look so happy with your boyfriend Jason, what does Cookie think of him and the kids?
Bethenny: She adores Jason. He is in love with her and his children are beyond obsessed with her. She is very protective (as Lhasa-Apso’s are – she’s a mix) and she loves to sit with them in the car and hang their heads out the window catching the breeze.
CDW: We know all about your business BethennyBakes, which feature one of my personal favorites, cupcakes! A popular thing for pets that I’ve seen lately are cupcakes for dogs. What’s your thoughts on that can we expect a pupcake if you will or maybe something inspired by Cookie, a “CookieCake” on the site one day?
Bethenny: Cookie loves to watch me cook, so I’d love to use her as a taster and develop a line for her. It’s on the list.
CDW: I interviewed LuAnn about their dog, Aston and she revealed that you both share the same dog walker. How do Aston and Cookie get along, any romance in the air for those two?
Bethenny: Cookie is the cougar and Aston (aka monster) is a young stud. I think it’s hilarious that “Cookie Monster” walk the streets together. I definitely see the love and lust in his eyes when he cones to get her. I’ll give you this: he is a gentleman and picks her up every day on their dates and drops her off promptly. He’s feisty. Give him time. He’ll mature. They’re like Ashton and Demi.
CDW: Cookie has her own MySpace page we discovered and she mentioned she likes doggie day at the spa. Tell us, what hip spa in NY does Cookie park her paws?
Bethenny: Cookie’s lucky because I’m a natural foods chef. Molly, my assistant, Karl, my driver and I give her massages, take her to the park and Molly feeds her carrots (antioxidants). Next will be popcorn. Every day is a spa day for her. Right now, she’s on my lap in the car. Whether out at night or to every meeting, Cookie comes in the car everywhere. She lives for the car and her goal in life is to be included.
CDW: Once again, it was great to reconnect with you and Cookie. If there’s anything else you’d like to add or want us to know, feel free to blurt it out!
Bethenny: I just want to add that Cookie has handled her new fame very well. She really likes her family first although she really perks up for the camera and looks straight into it. Maybe she’s acting like she doesn’t care. She knows how to handle the press although she hasn’t been on Page Six yet. Maybe, when she and Aston (Ashton lol) get together, she’ll get her 15 minutes (105 minutes in dog minutes) of fame soon.
For your convenience and enjoyment, Cookie’s video eating carrots is below: