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Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 5)

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“Ginkgo loves people and dogs, except for young children and babies.

I am preparing for our trip by putting together a medical kit for her as well as myself.

I am working on my safety skills, learning boat repair, and becoming a better navigator.

The reason for the trip is to make a documentary film about by travels and see the world before settling down.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 4)

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“Ginkgo is my furry best friend.

I like her better than a lot of humans.

She has a great spirit, she’s intuitive– she has an acute sense of her surroundings.

Ginkgo is a great judge of character.

When she meets someone she doesn’t like she barks.

I trust her.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling dog (part 3)

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“This happened two and a half years ago.

Ginkgo became more clingy, but I think she made a full recovery.

She doesn’t seem to be afraid of cars anymore.

We relocated to New York last year and she has been fine, although she doesn’t like the street and sidewalk vents, as well as the noise.

When we approach a vent on the street she puts the breaks on and I have to carry her until she feels safe.

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 2)

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We plan to set sail in a year and a half.

One of the toughest times since having Ginkgo was when I was living in L.A. and working  a lot.

I left her with a sitter, and one day she ran after me and was hit by a car.

I was afraid she died.

I thought she had internal damage, but she was okay.

I sat in the middle of the road crying and yelling, Grandma, in Italian.

She severed a few toes, but the vet reattached them.”

 

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 1)

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“Ginkgo is mutt from the Kent Animal Shelter in Riverhead, Long Island.

I am going to circumnavigate on a sailboat and I will need protection, as well as a companion.

She will be more of an alert dog, than a protector.

I knew I needed a small dog because I will be on a small boat and Ginkgo was the only small dog at the shelter.

I’ve had her for four years.”

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi (he said, part 4)

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“We arranged to have Bodie brought up from Mississippi and we met the dog transport at a rest stop at on the New Jersey Turnpike.  We had Popeye’s chicken and paced up and down the parking lot until the bus with Bodie pulled up.  We signed the papers and he was ours.

I can’t think of a specific event that was bad, but because I am in a business that can be brutal at times, having Bodie around gives me perspective.  He gives me a much needed shot of sanity every day.

I remember we were sitting on the couch within the first week of having him, and this little nugget was sprawled out between us, and we were both gobsmacked and repeating, he’s just so beautiful.

The other thing again, is the ongoing sensibility, it just shifts your perspective.

I think dogs are game changers.  I’ve spent more time in the last two years enjoying the outdoors in NY, than I did in the 16 years I lived here prior to having Bodie.

Bodie has ushered in a real fearless spontaneity and appreciation for simple pleasures.  I will literally stop and take a deep inhale through my nose because I am watching him sniff things.

We got so caught up our heads and our worries that watching him enjoy the most basic things around him encourages me to do the same thing so I have a perspective I didn’t have before.”

 

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi (he said part 3)

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“I always wanted a dog but because I am an actor and my schedule and my life were so unpredictable I always put it off.

Four years ago I was on tour with The Book of Mormon and I realized that my gift to myself    after the tour would be a dog.

I was done making sacrifices.

I knew how much I loved dogs and I wanted a dog.  I made it a priority.

I even made my security code on my phone, D-O-G-S.

I moved in with my boyfriend.   We had a few conversations and I convinced him that it was time to get a dog, because honestly, there is never a right time and I was done waiting.   He knew it was important to me and he got on board quickly, though I instigated it.

The Sunday after Christmas, 2013, we were lounging in the kitchen, drinking coffee and I suggested that we look at dogs on Petfinder.  We were looking at a Catahoula Leopard dogs, (the state dog of La.).  We like labs but thought let’s look at something more unusual.

Bodie was listed as a Catahoula/Boxer mix, (his name was Nate at the time) and he was at a shelter in Mississippi.  We sent in the application digitally, thinking we wouldn’t hear anything for a week or so.  Someone from the shelter called us two hours later and said, he’s yours if you want him.

My first instinct was, something’s wrong with him, but my partner talked to the people at the shelter and found out they had googled him and seen the trailer to his movie.  They said, anyone who made a movie like that had to have a heart.

Bodie was ours we wanted him.”

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi(he said, part 1)

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“My other half wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We got on Petfinder one Sunday morning as an exercise because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.

We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my other half and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.”

Luna, the rescue from Bide-A-Wee

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“I had a dog growing up and he was a similar looking dog to Luna–a Shepherd mix.

She’s a rescue from Bide-a-Wee on the east side.  I actually met her sister first, but she was less engaged.  Luna was sweeter, more playful and seemed to connect with people, and that’s what mattered to me.

I visited her several times before making the decision to take her home.  I brought my mother with me on the final visit and she loved her just the same as I did.

I work for myself now, so I have time during the day to spend with her.

We take cabs to different dog parks during the day on weekdays and weekends.  Her favorite dog park is Washington Square Dog Run.  She has made a lot of friends there.

I’ve only had Luna for a month, but she’s very sweet in the house.  She’s very affectionate.  She wants to be near me all the time.  She’s a puppy, so house training is challenging, especially because she spent four months peeing inside every day at a shelter.

I travel a lot for work, so when I’ve boarded her that breaks our routine. It’s not like starting over, but her housebreaking becomes inconsistent.

I think having her is a positive energy to have around.  I am a filmmaker and I spend a lot of time on my own doing research, writing and editing.  Luna is a great companion.

What makes her unique is her level of engaging with people.  She is all about making contact, whether it is with human or dog.”