2013 Bark and Bowl

The South Florida Working Dog Association will be participating in the 2013 Bark and Bowl – a fundraiser to help raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. If the team raises $500 they will get their own lane at the Bark and Bowl event in May so please donate – even $5 will help.

http://barkandbowl.com/southflorida/south-florida-working-dog-assoc-p-672.html

If the link doesn’t work you can go to http://www.barkandbowl.com then click on Teams -> South Florida -> South Florida Working Dog Association.

Thank you very much in advance for your support!

Luke the Pitbull

The 1910’s were a time when “moving pictures” (a.k.a. motion pictures / movies) were gaining popularity. The films were silent but what they lacked in sound they made up for in acting and story lines. One genre that was gaining popularity was comedy (more precisely, “slapstick” and “physical” comedy). While Jean was mostly in drama and romance films and Strongheart was an action hero, the comedy world also had its rising star – Luke the Pitbull.

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Old pictures are being destroyed!

It has come to my attention that a lot of newspapers, media outlets, estate sales, etc.. are trying to sell of old pictures and if they can’t they are being destroyed. It is extremely sad to see these pieces of history being destroyed and this history needs to be preserved for future generations to see and enjoy.

If you have pictures of old dog actors or even classic dog photos that you are going to throw away please use the contact form and let me know. Most likely I will not be able to pay for them but I am offering a home with them – my long term goal is to set something up to promote the classic look of dogs as well as what dog actors (and other animal actors) have done for us as well as the movie industry. I will consider any pictures of any canine (wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, etc.) and the older the better.

It is my intention to help preserve these photos in the best conditions possible – I have already spent hundreds of dollars on special storage and plan to spend even more on custom (museum quality) frames to display them.

Also, if you have old pictures that you are keeping but are willing to scan them and send them to me, please also use the contact form. I may be interested in scans, too.

I am also interested in old films (8mm (silent, and “talkies”), Super8, 16mm, 32mm) of dogs. I am currently investing in the equipment to help preserve them – as well as protective storage.

Please remember – DogActors.com is not (nor do I intend to impersonate) a 501(c)(3) organization – this means that any donation is not tax deductible. I am also not asking for financial donations; if you wish to donate money please donate it to a local animal shelter, rescue, or one of our supported organizations.

Bear – Person of Interest (TV Series)

Bear - a Belgian malinois in the TV series "Person of Interest"The second season of the CBS show “Person of Interest” introduced a new cast member – a Belgian malinois (working line) named Bear (previously named Butcher).  John Reese (played by Jim Cavierzel) gets “captured” by the Aryan Nation in an attempt to free his friends who were being held hostage.  Reese quickly proves that his hostage takers do not know how to properly handle nor get the respect for such a dog mainly because they do not speak  Dutch (commonly used in training military dogs).  Their expression quickly changes when Reese tells Butcher to sit then lie down in Dutch.  A quick scuffle happens and you see Reese with the other two hostages leaving the building.  As they get to the car Reese calls the dog and he comes running out (it’s safe to assume during the scuffle the dog did not break his commend).  Later in the episode Butcher eats a million dollar’s worth of bearer bonds and Reese decided to rename him to Bear.  Bear lives in the Library with Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson).  While Mr. Finch does not get along with Bear at first he quickly warms up to the dog.

Bear is played by a working line Belgian Malinois named Graubaer’s Boker (who also has his own Facebook page).  Boker is an IPO trained dog (schutzhund title) – Boker has his IPO3 which is a schutzhund title (considered to be a more “recent” title than the more common SCHh3- the trial for both titles are very similar).  Boker was born in June of 2009 to a long line of working Belgian Malinois (French and Dutch lines). Continue reading

Two service dog sites launched!

It’s been quiet on the dog acting front the past couple of months (if you see something I’ve missed feel free to contact me using the contact us link at the top of this page or on our forums) I’ve had the time to set up other venues.

I’ve always been a supporter of service dogs so I’ve launched two new service dog sites:

  • Florida Service Dogs.com a service dog community primarily for people in Florida (but anyone is welcome) for teams and trainers to plan get togethers and talk about service dog related topics.
  • Service Dog Friendly a review site for service dog teams (and where applicable, trainers) to review establishments (etc.) on how they are towards service dogs. The site is simple now (use a contact form to submit a review) but I do plan on eventually having a site similar to Yelp.

Feel free to check out the two new sites!