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Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 2 Said, Part 3)

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“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 husband 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.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 3)

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“I was in Central Park with Bodie when he was five months old and I was watching two people get into an argument.

I didn’t notice that Bodie got swept away with a bunch of dogs and a dog walker.

I freaked and literally ten minutes went by.

My cell phone rang and it was Mike, and I was thinking, how am I going to tell Mike the dog is gone.  He said he was in the park and walking over to meet us.

As  Mike approached, I saw one of my dog friends from the park, with Bodie (attached to a leash).  She had found him.  That is one of the beautiful things about having dog friends.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 1)

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“My husband 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 went on Pet Finder 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.”

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.”