“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.”