actors

Bruce, the fearless French Bulldog (part 1)

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“I’ve always been a dog lover and I knew that I wanted a dog for a long time.

When I found Bruce, I knew he was the one for me.

I got him from a breeder in Missouri.

It was a family friend who knew the I’d been interested.

I wanted to rescue a dog, but with all my traveling as an actor, I needed to make sure that I had a small dog that could fit under my seat in an airplane.

The breeder knew I wanted a small dog and Bruce was the runt of the litter, so it was a good match.”

 

Bongo, the Maltipoo Family and travel dog (part 2)

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“The best part about having Bongo is how he has brought our focus inward.

In a career (performing), where it’s very easy to get distracted by the quick pace and being pulled in different directions, caring for Bongo has helped ground us.

We’ve only had Bongo for ten months and three to six of those months my wife and I were working in different cities.

Even thought logistically he made things more difficult because the responsibility was all on one person, he was still something that brought us together.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”

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.”