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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.”