Archive for the ‘Toula’ Category

Toula entertains Tree of Life School kids

April 12, 2012


Toula enjoyed an afternoon of entertaining the children at Tree of Life School in Kalamazoo MI.
Every child had the opportunity to personally meet Toula and some even got to work with Toula.
It was a great day and the kids did an awesome job!

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!

Trick for treats!

November 2, 2011

This year none of the WHATADOG pack dressed up for Halloween, well other than Toula.  She dressed up as herself; Toula the dog actor extrodinaire!   Although I saw some amazing dog costumes that were both cute and creative Team WHATADOG was not into the whole outfit thing.  
Apparently word from  the WHATADOG pack is that I spared them from K9 humiliation from their contemporaries.  Annie and Cole weren’t into the idea and as leader of the pack, what Annie says goes!
I hope all the K9s and their ownershome who did take part had a safe and merry halloween!

Is there such a thing as too many dog beds?

October 25, 2011


How many dog beds are in your home?  Dog beds are like shoes ……you can never have too many and there’s no such thing as an “everyday” one.  I like to give my dogs options when it comes to their comfort.
There are the beds that allow digging to ensure just the right fluff, Annie is very particular about her comfort, the fluffier the better! Then there’s the tiny square flannel bed that ensures warmth.   This bed allows the K9 body to curl up into a ball half its true size while sleeping and their nose is buried so deep that I wonder how they can breath:  Toula and Annie each have their own signature “ball snooze.”  When Keegan sleeps like this he basically looks like a dust ball.
Next is the orthopedic bed: let’s face it, this is a bed for all ages of dogs!  This is the Ahhhhh bed that beckons my dogs to sleep on their side and stretch out and enter the dream world.  Cole has recently taken a liking to this bed and I’m please to see the “point” dog get some Z’s!  Of course if Cole likes this bed then Max likes it too….there are no reservations for this bed as it is on a first come bases, the boys are starting to grasp this at bedtime.
Every home needs a dog bed that replicates a couch …the one with a cushion and sides.  Annie, Keegan and Max have select times of enjoying this bed,  Toula and Cole find it to be over rated and never sleep in it.  Toula’s favorite bed, if I dare call it that, is a leather chair that was purchased from the set of Cripple when we finished filming.   During filming Toula found the leather chair to be comfy, so I bought it for her. She certainly earned it! 
The most stylish dog bed is Annie’s thrown: a plush bean bag bed.  This bed is Annie’s and never has another dog ever even put a paw on it.  Not because of rules I’ve invoked, rather it is an understanding of the pack: only the Queen Annie shall lay in the thrown.   There was never a fight just a K9 understanding,  and I’m sure the rest of the dogs think its over rated anyway!
So what is the total dog bed count here at WHATADOG?  Dare I admit that there are at least twice as many beds as dogs?  And let’s not forget the summer “outdoor” beds for R&R while laying around the campfire…
So next time you see dog beds in a store ponder which one your dog would like….and what the heck buy it because you can never have enough dog beds!

New trick time!

October 17, 2011


I’m currently working on teaching Toula (right) a new trick and Cole (left) decided that he wants to learn it too!  So now the “competition” is on as to who will learn it first.   This will involve two different teaching methods …teaching dogs is not cookie cutter, you have to tap into the dog’s individual personality and always make it fun for the dog!

How happy is your dog?

August 19, 2011


It’s difficult not to notice how happy Toula is…..all the time.    If she is not sleeping she cast a perpetual smile which of course is contagious.  And what exactly makes Toula such a happy dog?  I have to attribute it to the social skills and bonding we when she was a puppy.  One of which was making sure all the training we did was fun!  Those components make her a confident dog whose mission, I’m certain, is to simply bring me lots of laughter and unconditional companionship.  When Toula smiles and her tail wags it safe to say you will see a smile on my face too!
Take the time to enjoy your dog’s happiness ….it will make you happy too!

Water fun!

July 30, 2011



Team WHATADOG had been enjoying the summer and honing their skills on the paddle and bogey boards.  Keegan enjoys solo surfing on the bogey board and is getting to be a pro at riding the waves.  Toula, Max and Cole and Keegan enjoy riding the paddle board as a pack.  I make it a point to include my dogs in all things fun, however Annie has decided that fun and water are for the other dogs!  Enjoy the hot weather and make sure your dogs get plenty of water and limited exposure to the hot sun.

Toula at Cobo Hall March 6 & 7, 2010

March 4, 2010

This is a big weekend for Team WHATADOG!  The Detroit Kennel Club had invited Toula and I to be one of the Celebrity dogs for their dog show at Cobo Hall.

The DKC is one of the three largest kennel clubs in the US and this weekend is host to one of only 5 bench shows left in the US.  I believe they are expecting 65,000 people this weekend!!!

People will have the opportunity to meet and greet Toula and have their photo taken with her and all donations are going to the Children’s Hospital of Detroit. I am happy to be part of a great cause.  Last year they had the dog from Marley and Me.

Both Cole and Toula will also be running with the Classic K9 Extreme Team.  This involves running a super fast in-line agility course- Cole is looking forward to pulling out the jet fuel!  He has his eye on breaking the current course record held by his long time border collie friend,  Kodi.  Toula will get out there and run with her perpetual smile and have fun too!

Safe travels to all that are making their way to Detroit for the weekend.  And remember, our dogs are our pets first and performance and competition are merely a fun way to spend the day with our dogs.

Christine and Toula on WZZM, Jan. 22 eveing news

January 21, 2010

 Tune in to see Christine and Toula on WZZM, Grand Rapids, Michigan television station on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:40.  The topic will be about working in the Michigan film industry, including Toula’s work in the film and TV industry.

Animal Trainer In the press- Kalamazoo Gazette

January 8, 2010

Check out today’s article in the Kalamazoo Gazette!