Shelby, a homeless dog, is the star of her own rags to riches story. The 2-year-old stray went from scavenging for food to winning the hearts of moviegoers all over the world.
Shelby was first spotted hunting for food at a landfill in Nashville, Tennessee. Cheatham County Animal Control Officer, Megan Buhler, was dispatched to the area when she spotted the malnourished pup, desperately searching for scraps.
There were lots of cars driving by, and Shelby was so scared. Then she finally came right up to Buhler, who put her inside the truck. Buhler took Shelby to a local animal shelter, where she was given food and was vaccinated. Shelter staffers snapped snazzy photos of the pooch’s smiling face as part of their efforts to get dogs adopted — little did they know, those photos would become Shelby’s one-way ticket to the silver screen.
Meanwhile, in Hollywood, preparations for the movie “A Dog’s Way Home” were underway. The upcoming movie is based on a novel of the same name. It is about a dog named Bella and her human companion. When they got separated, Bella embarks on a journey to get back to her owner’s side.
Filmmakers began searching for the perfect dog to play the lead role, Bella. The novel’s author insisted that they use a rescue dog as the actor to advocate their message properly. The producers hired an experienced dog trainer, Teresa Ann Miller, to find suitable candidates among the many shelters in the country.
Miller found three potential candidates, but none of the pups panned out. Then, as if fate intervened, she stumbled upon the photogenic snapshots of Shelby from the shelter. Miller was immediately charmed. And as it turns out, Shelby’s behavior was also perfect for the role throughout her training.
With the movie showing in theaters, Shelby received heaps of praise for how she carried the role on her little shoulders. Even now, when Shelby is taking a break from Tinsel Town, she is still winning hearts through her award-winning work. Shelby now lives with her trainer in California, where she works as a therapy dog in special needs schools, hospitals, and veterans’ homes.
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