Being an animal lover, my favorite character in quite a few television shows and movies is often of the four-legged variety. This was certainly the case with the long running TV show Frasier, which aired from September 16, 1993 to May 13, 2004. In my opinion Eddie, a feisty Jack Russell terrier, stole the show. Niles, Frasier’s brother, ran a close second.
Eddie’s real name was Moose and he was born in Florida on Christmas Eve, 1990. He was the youngest and the biggest puppy in the litter and, once he went to his forever home, his antics proved to be too much for his original owners to handle.
Moose was surrendered by his owners because he was so mischievous. He had a habit of getting into trouble; he chased cats and climbed trees. He dug and barked and destroyed things. He was always escaping, running away and ruining property. One time he got out and chased a neighbor’s horses, which caused quite a stir. Another time, he got out and killed a neighbor’s cat. That was the last straw.
Luckily for this overly energetic Jack Russell terrier, he ended up with Mathilde Halberg, a Los Angeles dog trainer who worked for a show-business animal company. She rescued him in the early 1990s, saving him from the pound or worse. That’s when Moose’s luck changed.
With training and a focused outlet for his energetic natural drives, Moose started to calm down. After only six months of training, he was cast on Frasier as retired policeman Marty Crane’s dog.
The story of Joey the Garden Cat is a “feline rags to riches” tale that just warms my heart. No one knows how or why the young tabby cat found himself living on the street in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. But the plucky kitten refused to let his humble beginnings deter him from having a wonderful life …he took matters into his own paws and chose a TV station’s “Weather Garden” for his home. Soon, all of Little Rock knew his face and name, and Joey the Garden Cat went from feral to fame!
Watching clips of the purrsonable Joey “stealing the show,” it’s quite obvious this cute kitty was born for television and enjoys his job. And seeing Joey charmingly interact with his legions of Facebook fans, it’s clear he enjoys his high-profile life. Joey’s story serves to remind us that we should all dream big – because what we are born into doesn’t have to be what we become!
Joey the Garden Cat graciously agreed to an interview so our readers could get to know him. Enjoy!
Me: When you were an inky-dinky lad living on the streets, did you ever think you’d end up with such a great life?
Joey: It was Christmas 2006 and I was on my own hunting down food in the streets of Little Rock. I was tiny, fast and smart, cause across the street I discovered the weather garden where Larry the Garden Cat lived. He let me eat his food and sleep in his heated house. I never dreamed I would be a TV star, but it’s been a pretty cool gig with lots of perks.
What do you like most about being a famous Celebricat?
All the attention! So many new people to meet that come to the news studio or weather garden for interviews, and they want to meet and take photos with me – even other celebrities.
Who are three of your favorite people at the station, and what do you love about them?
Meteorologist Tom Brannon and morning show host, cause he’s my on-air buddy. Momma/agent Theba Lolley, cause she found me and takes care of all my needs. Feather/girl Kelly Tibbit, cause she plays with me every day with the feather toy.
Have you ever wondered if your favorite actress, singer or other celebrity owns the same breed of dog that you have? Did Teddy Roosevelt have a dog? Can’t think of a movie with a German Shepherd Dog? I’ve done some research, and following are the interesting tidbits and trivia I came up with regarding our tail wagging stars.
Tidbits and Trivia
The Obama Family, as most of you probably know, are new owners of a Portuguese Water Dog that was given to them by Ted Kennedy. Senator Kennedy and his wife own several of the breed. If you are interested in getting one of those adorable puppies, check out the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America for a list of available pups.
Our former Presidents have had a variety of dogs. George Washington had 10 hounds, while Thomas Jefferson had a Sheepdog. Ulysses S. Grant had a Newfie named Faithful. Teddy Roosevelt had several breeds including a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Sailor Boy. LBJ was known for his Beagles, Jimmy Carter had a “mixed breed” named Grits, while the Clintons had Cockers before they had a Chocolate Lab living in the White House.
Oprah at one time had a house full of Yellow Labs with a few Cockers. Now she is down to two Cockers and three Golden Retrievers. Elton John also favors Cocker Spaniels. Ellen Degeneres had a rescue Border Collie. Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” fame owned a Labrador named Winston.
Martha Stewart is known for her Chow dogs. Ashley Judd, the adorable daughter of Noami Judd, has a Cockapoo that was a gift from her famous mom. Trisha Yearwood (Mrs. Garth Brooks) had a mutt. Alan Jackson has been known to carry around his 4 pound Yorkie, Coco Chanel.
There have been many TV shows, commercials and movies featuring dogs. Here are some in no particular order.
Who could not love Lassie – a Collie Lady and the Tramp – Cocker Spaniel and a mixed breed Out of Africa – Scottish Deer Hound The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin – German Shepherd Beethoven – St. Bernard Down and Out in Beverly Hills – Border Collie Honey I Shrunk the Kids – Jack Russell Terrier The tearful Old Yeller – Lab (although some think it was not pure lab) The modern day tear jerker, Marley and Me – Lab Topper – St. Bernard Air Bud – Golden Retriever
Bush Beans Spokes-Dog, Duke – Golden Retriever Flea and Tick product commercials – yellow lab puppies Cottonelle toilet paper commercials – yellow lab puppies
Did you know?
* The oldest living dog resides in Long Island, NY; it’s a Dachshund by the name of Channel. She was entered in the Guinness World Book of Records in May of 2009. Channel is 21 human years old, which is 120 in dog years!
* The greyhound can reach speed of 45 mph.
* The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog, and measures 36 inches at the shoulders. They range in weight from 100-125 pounds.
* The Great Dane is the second tallest dog at 32 inches at the shoulder, and can weigh about 120. * The St. Bernard, the shortest of the giant dogs at 30 inches at the shoulder, can weigh up to 200 pounds.
* The smallest dog is a long-haired Chihuahua that stands at 4 inches tall and weighs 8 ounces.
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