News about the Canine Professionals
Power of Toga
Corner has been a very popular section from the very first
newsletter, years ago. How can one little dog have so
much POWER as an actor and writer?
all began on one November night in 1992 at the newly opened
Bon-Clyde Center. Classes were just letting out, when
I was told by a friend that there was a small dog in the
front yard with a note around his neck.. Of course my
reaction was, "you are kidding", but when the
door opened a very unusual little dog came bouncing in
and jumped in my lap. He did have a note around his neck,
addressed to me, Also the poor little dog had long stringy
hair and blue paint on him. What a sight!! He spent the
first night in my garage and then off to the vet to be
groomed, given shots and then find him a good home. Well,
I believe it is 2002 and guess what, this little black
dog is still with me. I named him Toga and he immediately
took over my heart not to mention my house. This little
guy has a gusto for life and really enjoys every moment.
Toga's training in acceptable manners began immediately,
and the power of Toga began to immerge. The TV show, "That's
my Dog" was holding auditions at the Bon-Clyde Center
and during a break one of the crew spotted Toga in my
office and asked me to audition him. Much to my surprise
this little dog's personality and lively ways won him
a trip to Universal Studios and his first big break filming
a live TV Game show.
Power had begun. Not long after returning from Florida
Toga landed a role in his first major film. He was the
star in a scene with the main actor in the film "Getting
In". Toga's attack scene was even shown on national
TV as one of the high lights of the move. His next big
break was to play Cicely Tysons dog in the Movie of the
Week, "The Price of Heaven." In this movie he
also worked with Grant Show.
Toga has also filmed at Bald Head Island for the movie
El Cine, and was one of the honored guests at the premier
openings. His latest roll was for a Glaxo-Welcome video
in which he played a space dog and saved the day by delivering
When you visit Target stores look for his picture on the
doggy sweathers by Boots and Bartley. Toga's favorite
co-star is Gracie. Together they have starred in a commercial
for a furniture store and performed live on stage in the
play, "Will Roger's Follies."
Toga has traveled all across the US spreading his Power
and special gifts to all who meet him.
the need for more acting dogs, Toga decided to begin teaching
acting at the Bon-Clyde Center and write the column for
the newsletter to keep everyone informed .
The power of this little dog has and will remain to be
would like to share with you some of his Canine Professionals
accomplishments since the last newsletter. Two of our
Canine performers are featured in commercials by ValPak.
Monty, a Golden owned by Barbara Raab, and Leia, a Laborador
owned by Roberta Pylate filmed on location in Wilmington
in November. This was Monty and Leia first commercials
and both dogs pulled it off like pros. Spot Film and TV
Production Company, crew and cast were wonderful to work
for and we met a lot of very nice people. These commercials
are on TV now so watch for the cute Golden who turns Green
and the Cute Labordor who just has to invade a pizza box
for a quick snack.
keep checking those Avanti Greeting cards for our favorite,
pug, Cole who will be seen wearing a sporty necktie while
at the office: Caro , my Golden, enjoying a day in the
country and Zen , a kitten being rescused from a tree.
is very proud of all the acting dogs and cats. Truly the
Power of Toga will continue to spread.
From Toga - Spring 2003
do Ryan's Pet Supplies, J-B Wholesale, and Care-A- Lot
catalogues have in common? Besides being an excellent
source for all your pet supply needs, you can also see
Bon-Clyde Canines sporting the latest fashions in Doggy
clothes. This is only one of the places our Canines can
be seen. Thanks to Erin Minton, who produces the Fashion
Pet Collection for Ethical Products, and Gerin Choiniere
a top photographer in the Charlotte area, our Canines
will be featured in 2003 with many more exciting fashions.
Recently two newcomers to the modeling world, Grip, a
Jack Russell, and Festus, a Chihuahua, joined Gracie,
Glory and Moseley in a photography session for 2003 fashions.
Other modeling jobs for our Canines include Shaw Carpet
and Stanley Furniture. Reggie and Susan Moorehead are
the proud parents of a cute litter of Australian Shepherd
puppies used in an ad for Shaw Carpet. One special little
puppy even got a call back to do an ad for Cochran Furniture.
Grip, my Jack Russell puppy, has worked on two ads for
Stanley Furniture. On one of the jobs, he was joined by
Roz, my other Jack Russell puppy, and two very cute kids.
These jobs were filmed in High Point at Tribuzio Hilliard
Besides being busy doing modeling jobs, Bon-Clyde Canines
have also made numerous personal appearances. One of these
was on Nov 9, in Carthage at the First Annual Companion
Animal Fair. This was an event sponsored by a group called,
"Action for Animals." The day was full of all
types of booths, demos, and wonderful information on all
aspects of pet care and training. Gracie made a special
appearance during the opening ceremonies and was joined
by Karen, Wendy, Veronica, Ginny, and their dogs for more
demonstrations during the day. Be sure to attend this
event next year. It was GREAT!!
Of course, the year would not be complete without the
performance of Bon-Clyde dogs at our Christmas party.
Thanks to Stephanie Thomas, assisted by Pat Powers, we
had a very rocking performance. I know everyone has heard
of The Twelve Days of Christmas, well... you should have
seen our new version of the hit song. It was hard to imagine
who laughed the most, dogs, handlers or audience. Needless
to say it was a BIG hit. Thanks Stephanie and Pat. We
will expect an encore next year!!!!!!!!!!! Check out the
photos on page 14
Thank you for all the support and help during the year
2002. We are looking forward to another great year. Our
seven week Acting Classes are very popular. Also this
year, at the request of our acting friends who live too
far to join in our regular classes, I am offering mini-seminars.
These will be posted on the web site and in the newsletter.
Hope to see you soon.
Bonnie and Toga
From Toga - past
Canine and Feline Professionals have been very busy, and
have received national and world wide coverage with feature
articles in "Southern
Living", "Dog and Kennel" magazine,
and two newspapers: the Fayetteville Observer and the
Daily News in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
a mixed breed, has big news! Recently, he was involved
in a corporate video for the Glaxo Company, promoting
the product Flonase. His role
was to play "Trigger, the Wonder Dog". Trigger
belongs to "Murky Septum"; the villain turned
believer, in the film. What a big surprise when we heard
that the video, produced by Arlene Leveille of NuArt Video
Productions, and written by Cindy Carter, was awarded
the SILVER REEL award, presented by the International
Television Association. What an honor to be a part of
such a wonderful video. Congratulation to all!!!!
we have completed 5 cards for Avanti
Press, which feature canines: Buck,
Gracie and Cole
and our feline, Charisma.
A special "congratulations" goes to Michael
Quackenbush, the Art Director for Avanti Press, who is
the master brain for the cute cards. His concept of a
Pug on a copier won the Louis Award given by the International
Greeting Card Association for the "Best Humorous
Birthday Card" category, which was presented in New
York recently. The cute Pug, Cole,
is owned by Ginger Kornegay.
look for our canines in Target Store
advertisements soon. Dax,
a Border Terrier owned by Lynn Wilson; Glory,
a Schnauzer owned by Karen Worsham; and Gracie
and Toga, owned by Bonnie
Buchanan, were models for a new line of dog clothes under
the name of "Boots and Barkley", designed by
Erin Minton. The dogs spent a great day at Gerin Choiniere
Photography studios in Charlotte modeling for the camera,
various designer clothes from rain coats with hats to
leather jackets and sweaters. Many of the clothes were
reversible giving you two for the price of one. What GREAT
clothes! Both dogs and handlers had a wonderful time.
Our canines have also been busy doing personal appearances.
We performed at the Sanford Library for National
Book week. Gracie,
and Jazz with the help of
Mary Lee Buchanan, as official book reader, performed
a skit for the children. Afterward, the dogs visited with
owned by Wendy Nelson, and Toga,
Gracie and Buck
also presented a short program for the Retirement Home
in Pittsboro. This was Harley's first program with us
and he was a BIG hit with all attending. Since he is a
Great Dane, I do mean GREAT - most of the residents had
to look UP to him.
my Border Collie, also completed a job for Trone Advertising.
The campaign was shot in Louisburg N.C. by photographer
Scott Dingman. We spent the day on a beautiful farm where
Focus was cast as a farm dog belonging to Lollie Lechaire,
an actress from Charlotte. Lollie and Focus got along
great, and I look forward to seeing the finished product.
dogs and cats already have quite a busy Fall Schedule.
Plan to join in on the fun and enroll your dog or cat
in our next Acting Class.
Gracie, Bonnie's Border Collie, was very excited
to play Rusty Wallace's dog for a NASCAR
commercial, which is airing on NBC
and TBS. It began airing during
the Olympics. Rusty and his wife were very nice and Gracie
really enjoyed meeting them. Gracie also got to wear his
head set in the commercial, and played one of his pit
crew, getting to roll a car (RV) tire!!!!!! Gracie has
also been busy doing personal appearances for the Durham
Humane Society, where she was joined by Toga, Xtra and
Cole. We have also entertained at the Pope Air Force Base,
where Sheba, Mixie, Jake, Scruffy, Angel, Dakota, and
Toga joined Gracie in the fun.