Interviews with NYC's Indie Theatre Directors
The first post in “Dog-a-licious” HAS to be about our boy, JR. JR is a rescue from the Brooklyn Animal Care & Control Center. We got him in February 2011. I’d like to say that we picked him, but HE picked us – or rather, he picked George. From the moment the two of them met, there was never any doubt that he was coming home with us. Oh, we looked around the other kennels, but he kept his eyes glued to us, and we were hooked. He was 5 years old, and had lived with a family and his sister (Pattycake was her name, I’m told, and she was adopted long before we found JR) all that time, and was then taken to the “shelter” because his family was moving to a place that didn’t take dogs. [Please, don’t even get me started on this topic, or this post will end up in the “Rant” category!] He was a skinny, sad hound, slated for death row – until the cavalry arrived in the form of me and George.
Although JR was considered a “senior” dog by the ACC, and thus a bargain price to adopt, we soon found out that our little boy was a star, and that his appearance on the NBC Today Show made him
cost worth much more! Fortunately, we agreed, and since George works in TV as well, it just seemed like one more indication that he was meant to be with us. Although we had agreed that dogs were not be allowed on the furniture, JR wasn’t in our apartment for 30 minutes before he was up on the couch. He now has “his” spot on the couch, a bed in the living room, a bed in the bedroom, and – as you can see from the picture above – he has no qualms about adding our bed to his list. I say I don’t like it, but really, I come from a long line of people that spoil our pets!
Today, JR is fatter, sassier and very talkative. If I can figure out how to add video to this blog, I’ll let you hear him “speak” someday. He gets us out for walks, keeps us warm in the winter, checks on us when we’re upset, shares bags of popcorn and generally lives the life of Reilly. Is he a working dog? Yes – his job is to keep us happy and he is very, very good at that. If you don’t have a dog in your life, I encourage you to rescue one from your local shelter, you will never regret it. And if you can’t do that, volunteer at your local shelter – god knows they need all the help they can get! And if you can’t do that, donate. The dogs will appreciate it, and this Cat will, too.