San Francisco, CA, August 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Los Angeles-based Independent film maker Geoff Talbot is using the internet and social-networking sites to cast the leading character in his upcoming film, Lucky and Rich. There are 111 contestants around the world competing for the role of Scrap in an "American-Idol" style voting process. Viewers can cast their vote online until July 31, 2009, after which the contestants with over 1,000 votes will move on to the next round, an interactive online competition called "World 3-Legged Dog Idol." Not only is the cast selection process unique, but so is the the lead character - Talbot is looking for a 3-legged dog to fill this part. Twelve tripods that make the cut will be filmed competing in weekly challenges with online viewers voting on which dog "goes" or "stays."
A rescue dog in the San Francisco Bay Area is competing for the role - Pony, a red-nosed American Pit Bull Terrier. Pony was found near 4th street in Berkeley in December 2008 with a broken leg and fractured pelvis. A good samaritan brought this whimpering dog to the City of Berkeley's shelter, Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS), where she wouldn't stop hobbling along to greet and kiss everyone despite the pain of her broken leg. Due to Pony's sweet personality, BACS immediately scheduled an amputation and shortly thereafter, she went to foster care in a Pacifica, CA home that ended up adopting Pony.
With your first glance of Pony running or playing with her canine companions, you might not even notice her missing leg. This tripod was named Pony due to her horse-like mannerisms - snorting and galloping - her muscular build and soft short coat. Plus she has the beauty, speed, and energy of a race horse. Pony loves to do what most dogs do - car rides, walks, runs on the beach, belly rubs, and Dinner Time - but also loves being around kids, hanging out at horse ranches, and playing at doggie daycare in the San Francisco. Her favorite thing to do, however, is return to where she was rescued, 4th Street in Berkeley, and listen to blues bands play.
To vote for Pony, search 'Help Find Scrap' which will bring you to the voting page.
Pony's owner hopes Pony will be selected for the part so that this canine can be a positive example of how good natured Pit Bulls truly can be. Pony's owner says that bad press is, more often than not, focused on the dog being inherently bad, whereas it should be on the dog's irresponsible owners. Research shows that any dog that is not socialized with people or other animals frequently and/or lives on chains or a backyard with no guidance or training, is more prone to aggressive behavior.
Pit Bulls are a working breed that excel in obedience training and activities like disc competition, dock-diving, rally sports, and agility. Pony has taken obedience classes with two Bay Area Pit Bull rescue groups and is also one of 666 Pit Bull Terriers in the US to have passed the American Temperament Test Society's exam. The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog's instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. Passing the test indicates the dog has sound genetics and good socialization from life experiences. Of the 14 most popular breeds, only Labrador Retrievers score higher than Pit Bull Terriers in this exam.
Pony's owner always knew how special dogs, and especially Pit Bulls were, but what she didn't know until she adopted Pony, was how much humans have to learn from them. Their resiliency and 'live in the moment/happy to be alive' attitude is infectious. Pony is unaffected by her disability and hops along with a smile on her face looking to meet new friends and sniff new smells wherever she goes. Pony's owner says, she quickly noticed Pony's special gift when kids would jump off their skateboards and exclaim, "wow, she's only got three legs" or when adults comment on how well she gets by missing a leg and how happy she is. It reminds us all to be thankful for what we have and just enjoy life! Pony's owner hopes she can put her gift to good use by earning the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Titles, but first she hopes Pony will become an internet sensation and movie star.
Follow Pony's journey on 'World 3-Legged Dog Idol' on Twitter at PonythePitBull.
Contact: Maureen Murray
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