Today was my movie debut day. I wasn’t too excited about having to sit in the kennel with Atlas all the way to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, but Mom said it would be fun, so I was willing.
It was getting cooler as we left the city, and we got to go over the Golden Gate Bridge with lots of fog around it. That was cool! I’ve seen it on tv and in the movies, but I got to be on the bridge.
After we found a place to park, we walked a few blocks to this GIANT park. I mean GIANT. There were people everywhere, dogs, flowers, and lots of walking paths. It was awesome! We wandered around a bit looking for “Bunny Meadow” where the filming was supposed to happen. We found it finally and got stuff set up and waited for the crew. I wasn’t sure who they might be, but they sounded important.
When they showed up, they were very nice. They brought dog treats and water, and they pet me and Atlas. It was getting fun! Atlas met a Great Dane. Spark, the Great Dane, was nice, but Atlas did a stupid little growl at him. I mean, really, Atlas, Spark was more than a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier, and he was super nice. Why would he be a moron and growl? Mom told him to knock it off. I thought he got that message, so I went and got petted by a bunch of other people, but a few minutes later, this little dog that had been running around humping other dogs sniffed Atlas’ butt a little too much, and the next thing I knew, Atlas bit his ear. Well, he nipped it. Enough to get the other dog to back off, but the other dog’s owner was not happy, so Mom made Atlas relax in his kennel for all the off-leash stuff.
Some actors dressed up like runners showed up, and the director told us to run across the meadow and have the actors run after us. It was FUN! Some people threw a few balls. Of course, I am NOT a retriever, so I did not chase the balls, but Mom told me I should go chase the other dogs, and I did. We got to do that a few times, and it was fun! Next another actor ran across the meadow, and we followed him. That was fun, too! Spark was the only dog bigger than I was, and I talked with him between takes. It turns out that he also does agility. We big dogs rock!
Anyway, the next scene was supposed to have a few of us go pee on a tree, but we all decided we did not want to be seen peeing on a big screen. Is nothing private any more?!?
We moved on to the last scene. The director asked who was cuddly, and Mom said I was. I looked at her. I mean, really, I am cuddly, but I don’t want EVERYONE to know that. I have a reputation to uphold, and I don’t want to cuddle with just anyone.
Nevertheless, the actor in that scene was on the ground, and Mom told me to do a down next to him and let him pet me and stuff, so I did. The other dogs joined us and did downs and sits near us. The actor said a couple of lines, and then I was supposed to get up and go to Mom, but she wasn’t allowed to call me because the sound was running, so I watched her, and when she signaled me, I got up and “left the frame.” That’s actor talk.
We re-did that scene a few times, including a time where the actor put his head on me. I thought that was a little strange, but I was good and did the same thing.
The director and crew said my friends and I were great to work with, better than humans. I have no doubt about that. Anyway, it looks like I really will be in the movie with my new friends, Spark, Shasta, Chloe, Lucy, and the other Lucy, and a few others. It was lots of fun even if the drive home was WAY too long with lots of traffic.
Mom said she’d definitely buy the DVD when it comes out and if it’s on a regular big screen near us, she will take friends with her, and then I can have a red carpet party.
I am a star now, but I won’t let it go to my head. I mean, I already have a great, big, handsome head. Imagine how good it will look on a big screen!