This is Calvin. A couple of months ago, his mom Gerri rescued him from Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Gerri says Calvin was covered in mange, and was "the sickest dog there."
Not now. Last night, when they met Calvin and Mavis did a beautiful dance of submission (one guy I know calls it "a submit off") where they sniffed, lolled around, and began again. Calvin's no puppy--maybe 4 or 5. But he is ready to greet the day, every day.
As one of the commenters on Vimeo said, you can stop making music videos now, because nothing will top this. Props to Lemon, the German shepherd, and super props to Dave Meinert, who made it. Music by Johnny Neon. Joy...by dogs!
Reality TV: not a big fan. I worked in television for too many years, trolling for "true crime" movies back in the day, to really believe that things can be "real" or "true" on television. (One thing I do know for sure, to use an Oprahism: Valerie Bertinelli is a really nice person and an amazingly hard worker.)
Still, this clip, from a new Animal Planet show about people overcoming their extreme animal phobias, just breaks my heart. It's a cliche, but it's not: a big tough-looking guy, terrified of ALL pit bulls. Which doesn't just mean that he avoids pit bulls. It means he avoids places where pit bulls MIGHT be...like dog friendly parks. Which means his time with his family outside is highly limited.
I identify. I was never quite as phobic as this guy...but I would cross the street, and I would never pet a dog. It made no sense to me at all. My shift took years and years, and more than one dog. This guy has a very good reason for being afraid of this breed, and I salute him for doing this at all---let alone doing it on TV. This is NOT about him creating a brand, or selling food, or showing up at openings for large sums of money. He's doing it to get part of his life back.
I realize that I have finally gone from tough-minded dramaturg/literary manager to crazed dog person. Saw a good play yesterday with some serious plot holes. First thought: "Well, why don't we get the lead character a puppy?"