Ontario Bloodhound Rescue's Bloodhounds in the Spotlight.
OBR always knew our bloodhounds were awesome, but it has been such an honour and thrill to see the entertainment industry and media take notice too!
What’s all the hoopla surrounding our hounds? Well, a few weeks back Ontario Bloodhound Rescue was contacted by a local producer looking for a bloodhound to star in a music video for YouTube sensation band, Walk Off The Earth. You can see their viral video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M and watch their performance on The Ellen Degeneres show at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvviLGNydeg
Following a photo audition, OBR adoptee "Hoss" was chosen to be in their next video!!! The video shoot went great and Hoss had a blast being a deputy’s sidekick throughout his video. The band and crew were fabulous with Hoss and the band even signed an OBR banner with a congratulatory note to Hoss for a job well done.
Kudos to "Walking off the Earth" for featuring a rescue in their video. And BIG congrats to Hoss!!! We look forward to the release of Walk Off The Earth's new album and video in September.
Next, just days after Hoss’s video shoot, OBR was contacted by William Berloni (http://www.theatricalanimals.com/), agent and theatrical trainer to many animals on TV, in commercials, film and on Broadway. You've probably seen Bill's animals in commercials for Coca Cola, American Express, Estee Lauder. Honda, Target, The Discovery Channel and many more. Bill has trained and provided canine Sandy in Broadway's production of Annie, Toto in The Wizard of Oz and oodles of other Broadway plays. His canine stars have been featured on Sesame Street, in Disney movies and so much more!
Bill traveled from NYC to Hamilton, Ontario to meet OBR's adoptable Pete and Lily to evaluate if they would be suitable to perform in the Broadway production of “A Christmas Story”, playing the roles of the Bumpus Bloodhounds. Pete and Lily, two outgoing, active bloodhounds passed their audition and are now living the high life in Connecticut with Bill and his family, flourishing with their daily training for their upcoming Broadway roles, and plenty of “hound-time” to enjoy the comforts of their new foster home and playtime in their two acre backyard playground.
What is particularly great about this opportunity for Pete and Lily is not only will they be fostered in the perfect environment, but also Mr. Berloni’s reputation for advocacy for shelter/rescue dogs, ensures they are in perfect and understanding hands. Bill is widely recognized as an expert in animal behaviour and for his dedication to rescue work. In addition to his work as a trainer, Bill is currently behaviour consultant to the Humane Society of New York and was awarded the prestigious American Humane Association’s Richard Craven Award.
Interested in adopting Broadway star Lily and/or Pete come January 2013, please complete an adoption application from the tab at the top of this page.
There are many, many reasons to adopt or foster an OBR Bloodhound. We may not be able to guarantee they will all go on to be famous hounds, but we can guarantee they will be shining stars in your heart!
Happy endings experienced by Hoss, Pete and Lily and many, many more hounds just like them, were made possible by our dedicated, loving foster parents. If you would like to join our awesome volunteer team, adoption, fostering or volunteer applications can be found at www.bloodhoundrescue.ca. We’d love to hear from you!
Read all about OBR and our hounds in the media:
Hamilton Spectator: (front page news, paper edition; Monday, August 27th, 2012) or on-line at: http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/787878--broadway-bound-dogs-have-had-dramatic-life
900 CHML Talk Radio Interview with OBR Volunteer: http://www.900chml.com/index.aspx
and click on "Listen Live", then click on "Latest Podcasts" and select "2012-08-23 The Scott Thompson Show Aug 23 Hour 2"
CHCH TV News: aired Sunday August 26, 2012 (6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and Monday, August 27th; News Now and News Midday)
Walking the Blog; NYC Pooch: http://nycpooch.com/blog/2012/08/27/two-bloodhounds-saved-from-death-to-star-on-broadway/