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Q & A With Carrie Ann Inaba

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Yes. My fiancé and I broke up, then after I moved, Cookie passed away and then my dad. Peanut sensed it. I feel like dogs mirror your emotions. Cats are pretty mellow and steadfast, but that helps me. I’m very emotional. They help me come back to the status quo.

That’s kind of the deal, right? You save them, then they save you.

Absolutely. It goes both ways. When I was in my early 20s, my cat and my grandmother died. I felt so much more sad about my cat, and I felt really guilty about it. Human relationships are much more complicated, and the relationship with an animal is just love. So when you lose an animal, the grief is tremendous. Cookie passed away in my arms. It was heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. Two weeks later, my father died, and he died in his sleep. I think Cookie’s death prepared me for that, because I saw how peaceful it was. There’s so much magic in the world. And I think I’m more open to it now because of my animals.

What are you most excited about with the new season of Dancing With the Stars?

We’ve gotten back to the core of the show: people who don’t know how to dance, learning how to dance. There are a lot of not-so-great dancers, and they’re attacking it with their heart and soul. In the end, this is a show about transformation and taking on fears in a very public way.

What's your diet these days?

I was pescetarian [someone who eats fish, but not meat] for a year and a half. As part of my love of animals, I’ve never felt right about eating animals. But I had a severe iron deficiency and had to start eating meat again. I’m being very careful about how the meat is prepared. I’d like to get off meat completely again, but I have to do it with a better plan to get the vitamins and minerals my body needs.

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