Archive for the ‘rescue’ Category

From shelter dog to movie dog in training!

February 16, 2013

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or shall I say man’s best friend!  Meet Kelta, the new member of Team WHATADOG.  At 7 months old, Kelta was dumped at a shelter in Ohio during the night, the next morning she was found by shelter staff.  Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue took her into rescue and I adopted her after she had been in a foster home (this is the same rescue I adopted Cole from).

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG's new pack member

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG’s new pack member

Finding the attributes and temperament I was looking for in a dog, knowing that this dog will be a movie actor and will be a daily part of my private dog training business, was not something that I rushed into. Finding a dog that fits with your lifestyle is something I preach, and this certainly was no different even though I train dogs for a living.   After looking for nearly a year for my “next” dog, and oh boy I looked at many, Kelta was exactly what I wanted!  I knew what I was looking for:  I wanted a young dog that had lots of energy (yep, this is something most people don’t want!), loved people and had a very fast recovery with distractions.

Kelta’s not perfect, not yet, nor did she come trained, but right now we are concentrating on focus work, tons of socialization with both humans and K9s, and basic obedience with texture work

Another thing that was so important to me was that Kelta be able to learn from my dogs Annie, Toula and Cole.  And the K9 pack learning has been awesome thus far just as I assumed it would be.  So the training and bonding begin for a life of a movie dog, and yes, you will see Kelta on the big screen just like Toula and Cole. Kelta will also be a participating in WHATADOG private dog training with clients.

My biggest concentration is building a bond with Kelta, that is what owning a dog is all about, the bottom line is that she is my pet first and foremost, an assistant with my business and movie actor are only pluses that she will come to know over the years.  It is WHATADOG’s mission to educate and show the public that rescue dog’s are capable of becoming very, very special dogs!


Love is in the air…give to a dog that will truly care!

February 14, 2012

Make Valentine’s Day so much sweeter!   WHATADOG would like to ask fellow dog lovers to forego buying the flowers and chocolates today and instead use that money to make a donation to your favorite rescue group in your loved ones name.
The use of that money can help provide food, vet care and monthly Heartworm prevention medicine as well as so much more.
If you are unsure of a rescue group, look at, unfortunately there are hundreds of groups to choose from.


From all of the rescue dogs here at WHATADOG, thank you!

Why Adopt and Not Buy?

October 19, 2011

As a proud owner of rescue dogs and a person who supports rescue and is involved in fostering these dogs, I had to share this article.
All too often people have  misconceptions that if they buy a puppy rather than adopt a rescue puppy or dog, they will get “exactly” what they want. 
Please take the time to read this article below and share it with family and friends…help educate people which will in turn save a dog!

For anyone who has rescued an Animal

April 25, 2011

This article was sent to me and I wanted to share it.  Over the years, I have rescued numerous animals and can relate to this reading.  …the stray cat in the middle of the country road in below freezing weather, the lost or forgotten dog roaming and looking for food and water, the bird that fell out of the nest a little too early and many foster dog’s that have been part of my family.  Rescuing animals is a part of my life, it’s what makes up one’s character.  Here’s to each and ever person out there that has saved an animal.

My job is to assist God’s creatures
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures
without planning or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count
I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends
I don’t often use the word “pet”
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind
Some may think we are master of the animals
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven’t learned
War and Abuse make me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And we are making a difference every day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat
By the love of those who I’ve been privileged to rescue
I have been rescued
I know what true unconditional love really is
for I’ve seen it shining in the eyes of so many
Grateful for so little
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full

Author:   Annette King Tucker

Pet Expo this weekend at the Delta Plex

April 1, 2011

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, WHATADOG will be at the Grand Rapids Pet Expo where we will lend our support to Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue.  At 1:00 pm we will take center stage.  Come out and support a great cause and hear about a few rescue dogs that have made it on the Hollywood screen as well as what makes rescue dogs one of WHATADOG’s favorite dog in the world!

Pack dynamics, can they change?

January 20, 2011

Pack dynamics, can they change?  Absolutely! After nearly two years of living together, today for the first time, Cole and Max played with each other outside.  Max engaged Cole in a game of up close fun and run and Cole decided to partake.  The communication of play between these two dogs is a huge milestone, and I have to say I am very proud of how far both of these dogs have come!  

Max is my foster dog and has been living with Team WHATADOG for nearly two years.  In those two years Max and I have been through a lot.  If there was ever the term, “I was his last chance” this was truly the situation for Max.  Other trainers told the owner to put Max to sleep, I offered to evaluate Max and see what the real issues were.  Aggression is a term that many people speak but rarely understand.  This is a whole other blog topic!

Today I shall smile with happiness knowing that a dog, Max, that never knew how to play with other dogs got to experience the true meaning of a pack and got to enjoy being a dog!  I have my dogs to thank for much of Max’s success.


Youth In Revolt in theaters tonight!

January 8, 2010

I am looking forward to seeing Youth In Revolt tonight!  I worked on the film as the an assistant dog trainer and I can’t wait to see little Oscar a/k/a Albert on the big screen.  This is certain to be a great movie, directed by Miguel Arteta and stars Michael Cera.   Expect a few good laughs!


Oscar was rescued from a shelter in LA.  He is a wonderful little dog and he seemed to enjoy the time he spent at my house last summer while filming.  Toula, Cole, Annie and Keegan welcomed him to our pack with open paws. 

Youth In Revolt on set Justin Long takes some time out to love on the puppies

Check out the film and keep an eye out for three little puppies and another little dog…  enjoy!

Toula to appear at NASCAR Foundation benefit dinner- DAYTONA 500

February 10, 2009

We are pleased to announce that Toula and I will be appearing at The NASCAR Foundation Partners for Paws Spectacular – A Live and Silent Auction Event on February 11, 2009, taking place at Daytona Beach, Florida

Hosted by NASCAR Drivers Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman, the event will take place the Daytona Club outside the Daytona International Speedway. Proceeds raised from the evening will benefit the Greg Biffle Foundation, Ryan Newman Foundation and Halifax Humane Society of Daytona Beach, three organizations that support improving animal welfare.

We are proud to be part of this event and to help raise awareness of rescue dogs in need.  Toula is proof that if given a good home, rescue dogs have the ability to thrive and even become a super star! 

Hotel forDogs- adopt a rescue!

January 19, 2009

I went to see Hotel for Dogs this weekend and have to say that it was a great movie.  For anyone that has a rescue dog or loves dogs in general, you will enjoy the movie.  The dog actors did a great job, none of which would have been possible without the skilled set trainers that worked with the dogs.  The dogs’ personalities and uniqueness’ brought the world of rescue dogs to life.

I’m involved in rescue and foster dogs in my home, and sadly enough, each dog’s predicament that landed them at the “Hotel” is one that I’ve personally experienced while running my own little “Hotel.”   Every rescue dog has a story and past, even if their past is unknown.  For me, when I foster a rescue dog, it is not about focusing on the dog’s past, but moving forward and introducing the dog to “new” life, new behaviors and their ability to have a healthy bond with a human. 


I am happy to see the media attention generated from Hotel for Dogs and that it is bringing about awareness of rescue dogs.  As the proud owner of rescue dogs, I encourage anyone who is considering getting a dog to open their home and heart to a rescue; it will change your life.