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Sat, Jan 17 | By Amy Lieberman | 635

NEW YORK -- With that wagging tail and soulful eyes, not to mention those scruffy, floppy ears, your pet's face could not possibly be one only a mother could love. Or could it? "A lot of people think that thei… more ›

Pet Acting Gigs Not For All Animals
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Erica R.
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Erica R.
5 years ago

My cats would hate it

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Terri M.
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Terri M.
5 years ago

My animals would never make it. They are just to lazy.

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
5 years ago

I'm one of the mothers who know her pets would be terrible at show business. They would be tramatized. Takes a certain personality. Of course some of the humans in show business shouldn't be there either!

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

I love my animals but would never want them in show business!

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Ann P.
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Ann P.
5 years ago

I know my dog wouldn't cooperate.

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WildSpirit
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WildSpirit
5 years ago

I'm impressed!!

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

I can't imagine trying to "make" an animal do anything - especially a cat! They tend to have a mind of their own and embarrass their "parents" who try to get them show off their talents.

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

Although I think my animals are cute and talented, I'd much rather they be home with me than be working long hours as "actors!"

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
5 years ago

Like most professions, there's always a lot of work involved behind the scenes. My pets are absolutely the cutest but I don't think they have what it takes to be pet actors....other than looks and personality. LOL

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Lruder
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Lruder
5 years ago

My cats are very beautiful and photogenic--I just don't think they are cut out for the "dog eat dog" world of modeling!!!:)

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

My dogs would bark them out

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Kristin C.
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Kristin C.
5 years ago

This industry is just as bad as the beauty pagent industry.. and the "stage moms" are probably just as bad (stereotyping here) and probably will force the animals to perform and do something they don't want to do.. Of course a few like in the story will make it with a rescue and a good story.. I personally would be escorted out - actually would not be there in the first place.

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359doran
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359doran
5 years ago

We would be escorted out!

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Janet
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Janet
5 years ago

Somehow, I don't think this is for my dogs. We'd get kicked out before they even auditioned.

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Karen
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Karen
5 years ago

Ditto that!

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Robin W.
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Robin W.
5 years ago

Interesting - I always wondered about where these pet actors came from & who trained them.

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deb b.
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deb b.
5 years ago

I think my Maizie could do this.

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Kimberli
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Kimberli
5 years ago

I've always told my cats to get jobs, at least as calendar models. Lazy felines.

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Ctwrapping
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Ctwrapping
5 years ago

When you see it on TV you don't know how much work and how many dogs go into making this stuff!

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Maggiethecat
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Maggiethecat
5 years ago

It's interesting to hear about what goes on behind the scenes because when we see it on TV it looks so natural & easy & I'm thinking, why doesn't my cat/dog do that? Now I know why!

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JessieAPJ
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JessieAPJ
5 years ago

I'm glad they showed this side to pet-acting. Very interesting!

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katelyn s.
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katelyn s.
5 years ago

and i wanted BoBo to be model!!

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Christine
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Christine
5 years ago

Ok, whatever, to each his own I guess.

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Kim
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Kim
5 years ago

I don't think that my dog, Harley would make the cut with this one..

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

Mine are way too lazy and way too obstinant to be in show business. If they need a voice-over of a dog moaning, then mine are a shoe in for the part.

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Amber A.
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Amber A.
5 years ago

Haha what a funny story.. and it's true!! i think.. KNOW ;D my dog is the cutest ever and would be a wonderful muse for a photographer, but an actress.. She's to shy.. plus, i'd miss her!

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JessieAPJ
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JessieAPJ
5 years ago

I was thinking about that...Those owners must start to miss their pets after a while. I know I couldn't have my kitty away from me for that long.

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Aradiay6
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Aradiay6
5 years ago

I think with things like this, it's mostly about the owners. I'd never have my dogs do something like this... mostly because it would scare the daylights out of them. >.>

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Amanda C.
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Amanda C.
5 years ago

I agree with kadiquilts. The owners probably just want all the fame and fortune.

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Kathy R.
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Kathy R.
5 years ago

I think it would take a special dog or cat to be in the movies or on TV

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

I would never want my dog to be in the spotlight......I think it's the owners of these animals that are seeking fame. If the entertainment industry is taking good care of the animals it trains for movies and commercials, though, I see nothing wrong with it.....just not for me.

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Shelbykellam
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Shelbykellam
5 years ago

Fame is the last thing on an animals list of wants or needs

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

Although there have been many animals as "stars", one has to think what was the driving force? You know these animals did not wake up one day and say, "I want to be a star!" It's just like child actors and models. Most of them are pushed into it and later suffer because they are overwhelmed at such a young age. I am not saying this is the case all the way around but being in such high demand at such a young age is too much for the normal growth process. Animals are people too! They have their comfort zones and I know that most of them are happy just entertaining their families instead of extremely large crowds. Sure, there have been some really good entertaining shows such as Lassie, (I always cried watching it), Mr. Ed, Gentle Ben and Flipper just to name a few. But does anyone really know what went on behind the scenes? I would love to give all those producers and execs the benefit of the doubt but again, show biz is about making money and back then animal awareness was not like it is today.

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Danielle G.
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Danielle G.
5 years ago

This sounds like too much work for the animals.

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BrooklynRocker
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BrooklynRocker
5 years ago

Seeing my two cats, it's hard to believe they can be trained. LOL!!

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Jennifer P.
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Jennifer P.
5 years ago

The animals are doing the work for other people to get the money. They don't need to go through this because they'll never know the real world!

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SwampRat
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SwampRat
5 years ago

Yep. It's exploitation to the maximum.

What a rip off.

What a shame.

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Carolyn C.
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Carolyn C.
5 years ago

Having a pet in show biz is actually very time-consuming and not all that profitable.

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Jennifer H.
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Jennifer H.
5 years ago

rescuing animals, giving them proper care and then training them seems like a win win for everyone.

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K B.
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K B.
5 years ago

My animals are stars for me at home.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

and for all of us on Zootoo- that is if you upload any videos of them!

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Pakelso
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Pakelso
5 years ago

I guess I wil never be a Stage/Pet Mommy. I have never had an animal that does what I want them to. But I love them all

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Ashley
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Ashley
5 years ago

I doubt if any of my pets would make good actors. :)

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Lee M.
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Lee M.
5 years ago

My dog is less of a star and more of a "ham". It's a pretty safe bet that the home camcorder is as far as we are going. To be honest- I think I would rather it that way

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sylvia m.
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sylvia m.
5 years ago

My ol' Granddad always said two things that never did what you expected, was Children an dogs! He was a very smart man!!

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fabienne l.
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fabienne l.
5 years ago

True

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marie s.
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marie s.
5 years ago

this is like those parents that dress their little girls up in make-up and "older" outfits. not for me at all.

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Cheyenne D.
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Cheyenne D.
5 years ago

My dog is the star of the neighborhood...so she doesn't need to be in Hollywood

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Kimberli
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Kimberli
5 years ago

I can't imagine the stress being a star would be on any animal. I think it would be have to be a very special animal who is able to deal well with everything going on on a movie set.

I think what's even more interesting are animals in stage productions. I work at a theatre now and a few months ago there was a parrot that was onstage. They ended up having to take him offstage half the time because he ended up getting too loud and the actors had to shout over him.

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Kate P.
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Kate P.
5 years ago

I like the last line. My dogs are stars at our house! No need to try the Hollywood thing!

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Marjorie M.
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Marjorie M.
5 years ago

I enjoyed the article. It shows the pet owner the REALITY of having a star.

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Sandra  F.
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Sandra F.
5 years ago

My dog would love to act its so funny to watch.

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SweetieKisses
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SweetieKisses
5 years ago

My dog, Ignatius, could win an Oscar for playing the roll of a starving dog. His tummy is like a black hole in the universe. He's a real space case too :)

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Nancy C.
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Nancy C.
5 years ago

Being an animal lover, you would think I would just love to go to Hollywood movies about animals, circus performances, rodeos, etc. I stay as far away as I can, because I have seen animals doing trained tricks to entertain the ticket purchasers that definitely look abnormal for an animal to be performing. Animals should not be made to do tricks to entertain the crowds. A lot of this so called entertainment is all done for the sake of the almighy dollar. These animals who perform don't get a vote as they whether they want to do these stunts, but they do because their owners, whom they trust, ask them to and animals want to please their owners, no matter what we ask them to do.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

I counldn't agree more. Dogs aim to please their owners and do things for them in love....all they want is love in return (and maybe a little kibble!) :)

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Roscosdad
5 years ago

Like most people I really enjoy movies that feature animals but I had never stopped to think about all the work they must endure. I am certainly glad that some agencies recruit their stars from shelters. And I know most dogs are happier if they have a "job". Still in the back of my mind, I don't feel so good about this anymore. I have said on more than one occasion that the advertising industry has capitalized on our love for our pets. Just look around and see how many tv and magazine ads feature our furry friends. It used to be sex sells (well, I suppose it still does) but we can't help but be suckers for those products whose labels feature our furry friends.

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