Dog-Gone "Cat"

Liberty Joins the Bon-Clyde Stars

Thinking about "STAY"

Making Fido a Star!!!!!

Traveling, Filming and Having Fun

Let's Go Visit

Modeling Jobs, News, Spring 2003

So You Want Your Dog To Be in the Movies

Canine and Feline Professionals Have Been Busy!

X Marks the Spot

About Bon-Clyde


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How can one special little dog totally change your life forever? I was blessed to have this experience many years ago. The year’s 1988 and 1989 were not very good years for me. I lost both my parents, and then, Clyde, my Rottweiler had to be put to sleep due to cancer. Things were not going well and the next few years I was just trying to find myself and go on with my life. My love for dogs and a dream of opening a first class training center began to slowly become a reality. The center was opened and then on the night of November 11, 1992 a miracle happened which would forever change my life and the future of Bon-Clyde.

My last obedience class was over and a group of us were getting ready to lock up and go home. One of my assistants was letting her dog out in my private, fenced-in area, at the front door, when she saw a small black dog inside the fence. When she opened the door, this little dog came bouncing in, past everyone, and jumped into my arms. He had long stringy hair with blue paint all over it and a note around his neck. The note said, “MRS. BUCHANAN, WE KNOW YOU LOVE LITTLE DOGS, SO PLEASE TAKE ME. MY NAME IS GIZMO.” “PLEASE TAKE ME!” The minute he jumped into my arms, I knew he had found a home. Thus, Gizmo became Toga.

Toga was full of energy and loved everything. His first acting job was on the TV show,”That’s My Dog.” The producers were using my building to hold auditions. Toga was in the office and I had no intention of auditioning him, since he was far from being trained. The producer needed to use my phone and when she came out of the office, she inquired about Toga and asked me to please audition, so I did. Toga was marvelous and even surprised me. His personality and confidence won him a free trip to Florida and thus began his acting career. Since that trip, Toga has appeared in numerous commercials, plays, and movies. One movie was called “El Cine” where he had a leading roll which was filmed partly at Bald Head Island. Toga was a special guest at the premier showing of the film. He also played Cicely Tyson’s dog and worked with Grant Show, in the feature film, “The Price of Heaven” directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Toga also had the honor of filming a scene with Kristy Swanson and Stephen Mailer for the hit movie “Getting In.” His scene was even shown on Saturday Night Live as one of the highlights of the movie. Toga exposed me to the world of animal acting and became the founder of Bon-Clyde Canine Professionals.

Toga also enjoyed the sport of Dog Agility. He has titled in USDAA, UKC, and NADAC. We have traveled as far as Washington State for competitions. This little black dog’s love for agility was the reason I added on the 10,000 Square foot agility center to Bon-Clyde.

This little guy has totally changed my life. Due to his influence, Bon-Clyde has now branched out into the world of film and movies with the Canine Professionals, and the Agility Center hosts national dog shows. In honor of Toga, the Agility Center will be called, Toga’s Agility Center. Toga and I have traveled all over the US for competitions, filming, and visiting rest homes, schools and hospitals, as a therapy dog. To this day, I do not know who wrote the note and left this miracle for me. Some people say it was meant to be and I truly thank God for giving me such a special dog. Toga’s miracle will continue forever and forever and he will always be loved and be a part of my heart. Toga entered Doggy Heaven on February 14, 2006.

The following poem best describes my love for Toga.

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again and though we wish it could have stayed we feel so lucky to have seen it.”

Thank you Toga for making my dreams come true. I will love and miss you forever,


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Dog Gone “Cat”
Bon-Clyde Canines have gone to the “CATS”!

Bon-Clyde has recently been busy using several very talented Cats. Krinkle owned by Balynda Brown was the star of a very cute Avanti Greeting Card which will be available in the stores soon. Imagine a cat driving a milk truck while the surprised milk man looks on. Well, Krinkle managed quite well to accomplish this task.

My next feline star was Julie, owned by Vanadis Crawford and Chris Unangst. This talented cat will be the star of a cute Avanti card where the cat is getting into sprinkles at an ice cream parlor. Wait until you see the finished product. Imagine a beautifully groomed white kitten exploring in an ice cream parlor !!!!

A very cute Persian cat named Peter Cotton Tail, played a leading roll with a child actress, named Abigail. The filming was for a video for the children’s book called “GiGi, God’s Little Princess.” Peter, whose show name is “Purrden Me Gemz Crown Jewel” is an 8 month old award winning show kitten owned and shown by Jennifer Testerman. We were on location in South Carolina filming for two days. Peter did a wonderful job and acted like a true professional. All the cast and crew fell in love with him. I was very excited to work with him and my Border Collie, Rap, fell totally in love with him.

Bon-Clyde Canines have also been very busy this session. Gripp, my Jack Russell, and Gracie, an English Bulldog, owned by Deborah and James King shared the spot light in an Avanti card. Gripp who is very mischievous is hanging over a fence with a water balloon in his mouth while Gracie is walking by. You can imagine what happens next !!!! This card should be available in March of 2006.

Also, check out the Christmas cards by Avanti. These are boxed card and include Marge White’s German Shepherd, Cody, Melissa Thorton’s Beagle, Cody, Bonnie Buchanan’s Golden, Caro, and Roberto Pylate’s lab, Leia, and her Dachshund, Ripley.

Liberty, my mixed breed, has completed her first commercial. It is called Stonebridge Life w/ Carl Edwards and was filmed in Charlotte. The Production company was called Coyote pictures from New Jersey. Martha Anderson assisted me with Liberty and we had a full day of filming. Liberty did a wonderful job and worked very well with 5 children and a female actress. Martha and I were very proud of her.

Imagine being a very small, slender young actress being pulled down a busy street by four Greyhounds!!! Not to mention while you are being dragged down the road you have to stop and wave at your neighbor, Richard Petty. This will be the scene in an upcoming commercial for Goody Powder called “Strolling Richard”. The Greyhounds owned by Janet Pike, Catherine Settle and Maureen Lucas did a wonderful job.

Heli, a Rottweiler owned by Cynthia Becker was the star for the day while filming a chase scene for a major motion picture to be released in 2006, called “The Ultimate Gift.” Heli had to chase the main actor, Drew Fuller across the back yard of a mansion while Drew jumped the fence into a pool area. Heli was wonderful and you would be surprised how fast Drew can run!!! Remember this is acting and Heli was really doing a recall to her mark near the camera. Both actor and dog got along GREAT. Also thanks to Judy Hinzman and her Rottweiler Grr for being out back up team.

My Border Collies, Rap and Gracie have also been very busy. Rap graces the cover of Boyles Furniture catalog for 2005/2006. He also is featured in the catalog.

Gracie had a ball shooting a job for American Eagle outfitters. She can be seen on posters and pamphlets with a woman and man model advertising blue jeans.

The year is almost over and Bon-Clyde Canines continue to become more popular and in demand. We have had a wonderful year and look forward to a GREAT NEW YEAR.


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Liberty Joins the Bon-Clyde Stars

Bon-Clyde Canine Professionals would like to congratulate our newest canine star, Liberty, a mixed breed. She was rescued from the shelter by Mrs. Lutterloh and nursed through heartworm treatments. Much to everyone’s surprise she gave birth to 5 healthy puppies. Liberty came to live with me when the pups were weaned and the task began to get her back in shape and train her. After months of training and care she began to blossom into a very UNIQUE girl. She got her first modeling job in May for Stanley Furniture where she posed in a very beautiful home in Burlington advertising a formal line of Furniture. I was very proud of her and she did a wonderful job. Of course her acting training is by no means complete but she is well on her way.

My two Jack Russells, Roz and Grip, were also the stars for a campaign for a floor product called BR111. This was shot in High Point and with the help of Wendy the client was very pleased.
Caro, my golden was used for another Photo session with the same company.

Trail Blazer Studios located in Raleigh used Gracie, an Old English Bulldog owned by Deborah and James King as a back up dog while filming a commercial in the Raleigh Area. This was Gracie’s first exposure to the commercial world and she did very well. Maybe next time she will be the leading lady. She had a ball on the set and everyone loved her. Too bad there could not have been two stars that day.!!!!!!

My Border Collies, Gracie and Rap, have been very busy lately. Gracie will be featured in a video and stills for American Eagle outfitters. We filmed in the Chapel Hill area in April.

This past month, Gracie filmed a commercial in the Charlotte area for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company out of Akron, Ohio. Gracie worked with NASCAR driver, Jeremy Mayfield in a very cute commercial advertising Gator Back belts. This is airing on National TV and can be seen on the Speed and Fox channel during the Nascar races.

Also Gracie had the honor of starring in an Aviation Video produced by Steve Kahn, who is the founder of the company, Edit-on-Hudson. We filmed at the Long Island airport at Lake Norman. This is a private grass airport and is very unique. Gracie was cast as the airport dog that is explaining about the functions of the airport. Gracie was sitting on the side of the runway watching planes landing while the camera was between her ears to give the effect from the dog’s view. In one scene she had to jump onto the wing of a plane and into the front seat. When a plane did a bad landing Gracie would cover her eyes. The skills required of Gracie were very involved and I was very proud of her. It was extremely hot and she really did a wonderful job. I have never seen so many unique planes. They were flown in from various cities to take part in the video. This will be used as a training video for over 400,000 pilots across the US. It is called the AOPA Air Safety Foundation The Last Five Miles.

Rap, my Border Collie, filmed the commercials for the Transition between CCB/NBC to SunTrust. Martha and I spent two days in Charlotte at SilverHammer Studios filming. Rap, was the center of attention for the commercial and did a wonderful job. He had to unveil the SunTrust logo by pulling two separate tarps off a huge sign. A few of the other skills involved were expressions and running around the sign, stopping, backing up, speaking, putting his foot on a certain spot, looking in all different directions.
Rap also can be seen on an Ad for Boyles Furniture. This was shot near High Point, NC. Martha assisted me for this job which took place in a hayloft. We had to ride a forklift up to the loft. You should have seen Martha and myself along with Rap and 4 back up dogs being lifted up to the barn on a huge forklift. The Photography came out GREAT and Martha and I really had an interesting day.

Martha, Wendy and myself were also invited to perform at the Cloverdale Elementary School in Roanoke, VA. Along with Rap, Gracie, Starr, Roz, Grip, and Cuji, we did a show on Character Education for the children. The dogs were the stars and acted out the schools Pillars of Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. We performed two shows for the school and had a wonderful time.
There is so many ways to get your acting dog involved. The possibilities are unlimited. Until next time, keep up the good positive training.

Bonnie and dogs

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Thinking about "STAY"

What do the words - Stationary, Thinking, Accuracy, and Yes - have in common. Try the word “STAY”. Now… let us back up and THINK for a minute about this word. We have an idea of the meaning, but, have we taught our dogs the true meaning of “STAY”. All my dogs, regardless of their careers in life - acting , agility, breed shows or obedience, rally, freestyle, therapy or just a family pet - are all taught the meaning of “STAY”.

This command is started when my dogs are very young. I have a 9-week old puppy and he is learning to hold a position. It may be only for a second, if I am lucky, and then he gets a reward. I am not using the word “Stay”, but just praising him for not moving and then feeding him while he is still in the position. After which, I use the release word, “OK”, and we are off on another adventure. I introduce the word, “Stay” while he is actually staying, so the word will be positive and reinforce his position. At this time I do not care if the puppy is sitting, down, or standing. The main thing is he is STATIONERY and THINKING. Accuracy will come later.

A good example of this was on the set filming a commercial for SunTrust a few weeks ago. The commercial is very cute and will air in April. Rap, my Border Collie, was put to the test for understanding STAY along with other advanced skills. He had to STAY while a tarp was put over a sign and then had to walk in and STAY looking at the sign. Then, on command, he had to pull the tarp off the huge sign, which was about 8 feet tall and 10 feet long and weighted several hundred pounds. In another scene, Rap had to go to the sign and put his foot on a letter and STAY in that position. Another time, Rap had to run around, and around, the sign, all excited and barking, then he had to freeze in a certain spot and STAY. I compare this to the moving stand in Utility only without the handler at the dog’s side. Let us now look at the Y in stay, which I call “YES”. “Yes” is not the release word, but to Rap it means. “Hey! That is exactly what I wanted, good job!” It is a reinforcer to the dog, as he is holding a certain position until I release him with “OK”.
The most important thing to remember about teaching STAY, or any command, is to be consistent. Know what you want, and communicate it to the dog. I use the word STAY, to mean remain in a stationary position and not to move until I give the release word, which is “OK”. Remember, be consistent and teach your dog for understanding.

Our Canine Professionals need to have a really firm STAY, since they are asked to use this command while performing all types of jobs. Roz and Grip, my Jack Russells, just completed a job advertising hardwood floors. With the help of Wendy Anderson, we were able to successfully give the photographer the shot he wanted. For one shot, Roz had to be standing on the steps, as if just getting ready to walk up, while Grip had to be staying beside a bag of dog food, which he had just spilled all over the floor.
Marge White’s, “Cody”, Roberta Pylate’s, “Leia” and “Ripley”, and Melisssa Thornton’s Beagle, “Cody”, along with “Caro” my Golden, will be each featured on Avanti Christmas cards for this year. They were all shot on location at the Matthews House in Cary. The meaning of STAY was really put to the test. Wait until you see the cards, they will be sold in boxes of 6 and are really cute.

Caro, had to prove the ultimate stay while shooting at Tribuzio Studio for another floor company. She had to be on a stay right by a fireplace, on a doggy bed. A prop guy was in the chimney and pouring lighter fluid onto some fireplace logs and then lighting the logs to give the effect of a real fire. You can imagine the sound of the logs igniting; they would burn for only a few seconds while the camera clicked, then the process would be repeated. I was very glad that they were using my Golden as she is very stable and nothing ever phases her. She did a wonderful job and just relaxed on her bed, enjoying watching the guy climbing in and out of the chimney.

Thanks for all your hard work,
Bonnie and dogs

If you would like to be involved in helping with the training of an acting dog please e-mail me at

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Making Fido a Star!!!!!

A major question asked is "How do I make my dog a 'Star'?" Unfortunately there is no easy answer. I am sure you have seen or read stories about young hopeful actors leaving for Hollywood to make her/his fame.

Just like human actors, canine actors need to prepare in the hope of landing a spot on TV. I have just rescued two dogs from a local shelter. Both dogs have very unique looks, good temperaments, and my goal is to prepare them to become potential actors. This process will take months. Presently they are both enrolled in, guess where, Bon-Clyde obedience classes. This will expose them to other dogs, people and distractions while learning the important commands, sit, down, stay and come.

Grip, my JRT, was filming a commercial recently in Charlotte, and another dog was needed for a small spot in a commercial. I had one of the rescues, Prop, along to socialize him. The director asked me about using Prop. It was a very easy spot, thanks goodness, and he did a wonderful job. It was a very good experience for him and exposed him to the movie cameras and people on a set. Now, I really have a lot of training to do with him. !!!

Since every dog can not visit a movie set and work around all the distractions, canine acting classes were started to help prepare your potential actors. We try and incorporate into the classes, foundation skills which would help your dog in the acting world.

Bon-Clyde canines have really been on TV lately. The Target commercials are airing nation wide. Caesar, owned by Wendy Preble, Harley, owned by Wendy Nelson, and Festus, owned by Chris Hooker are all featured in the commercial. The other day I picked up a People magazine and the print ads from Target also feature the dogs.

You can also see Harley, on the Rhodes Furniture commercial. It is very cute. Look for a huge Great Dane, who is the star of the commercial. This was filmed at Viewpoint studios in High Point.

Gracie has been busy. She worked for Marilyn’s and Wilson McGuire Creative to shoot an ad campaign for a new type of counter tops available soon. Gracie’s day revolved around a very decorative and delicious Birthday cake, which she had to wrap her front feet around and not lick until given the command. We filmed at Alderman’s studio in High Point, and needless to say Gracie had a very rewarding day!!

Grip and Prop were used in commercials for Food Lion. These should be airing soon. We worked with the production company, Directorz, from Dallas, Texas, and Ames Scullin O’Haire, an advertising agency from Atlanta, Ga. Everyone was so nice; we filmed on location in Charlotte for two days. Watch for the commercial, it is called "You know the place" and uses the Mayberry theme.

Rap, working for CCB/NBC as Biscuit, made a personal appearance in Memphis, TN, for National Bank of Commerce (NBC). This was for an employee appreciation day at the Memphis Zoo. Biscuit, assisted by Bonnie and Mary, performed a short skit for about 3,000 people. Afterwards, Biscuit signed pawographs and posed for pictures. Besides seeing his old friends from NBC, Biscuit met a lot of new ones. Biscuit presented a special picture to the CEO, Mr. Bill Reed, and also enjoyed meeting Mr. John Mauney from SunTrust. Everyone was so nice and Biscuits final comment for the day was "I love this place."

Training a dog is so much fun and the relationship developed between you and your dog is priceless. Regardless, whether your goals are to be in films and commercials or just to have a better relationship, a trained dog is a happy, well-adjusted, dog.

Bonnie and the Canines

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Traveling, Filming and Having Fun

Bon-Clyde Canine Professionals have been having so much fun, traveling, filming and doing personal appearances.

One of our most challenging and interesting jobs was for Director Aaron Katz and his film called "Hoopla". Bon-Clyde furnished the DUCKS for this film. Thanks to Claire Apple and her expertise with Ducks we were able to successfully film every scene with her flock of "Trained Ducks". Also very important to the success of the shoot was my nephew Gerald Medlin and Claire's dog Pow. We spent two days filming in the Winston-Salem area both on outdoor and indoor locations.

If you attended or watched any NC State football games you probably saw a cute commercial called "Road to Achievement" filmed at the NC State Vet School by Todd Johnson. The cute little Golden Retriever was my Dog, Caro. She worked with a child actor and later played a canine patient at the vet school. Caro was called to audition for the spot and was chosen over many more talented canines.

Grip, my Jack Russell, has also been very busy. He worked for Jimmy Williams Productions shooting an ad for Sunbelt Granola bars. This involved working with two young kids and balancing in a moving wheelbarrow. Grip really enjoyed himself and thought riding in the wheelbarrow was great fun. You can also see Grip on an Avanti greeting card coming out in February and in most of the doggy catalogs and pet stores modeling designer clothes along with his fellow canines..

Bon-Clyde is very proud to introduce to the modeling world Jim Caplan's Old English Sheepdog, Dallas. Dallas is the center for a campaign for American Airlines Cargo, which was shoot by Jimmy Williams Productions in Raleigh in January. Dallas did a wonderful job and the client and photographer were very impressed. Congratulations Jim and Dallas.
Amigo, a German Shepherd, owned by Tarheel Canines, along with Eddie Dunnivan and Rick Hood, represented Bon-Clyde Canines at a film shoot in Charlotte, NC. Director, Kevin Summerfield, Scorpio Films, was very pleased with Amigo's performance.

Another young Bon-Clyde star is my Border Collie, Rap. Rap was chosen from numerous other dogs to head a campaign for the client National Commerce Financial. Rap was the star in commercials for Central Carolina Bank and National Bank of Commerce. Three commercials were filmed in the Charlotte area by Emulsion Films and French/West/Vaughn agency. Director, Joanne Hock and her team of experts were fantastic. We spent three days working on photo shoots and filming. Rap, my assistant, Martha Anderson, and myself had a great time and met so many nice people. This was Raps first TV commercial and I was very proud of the way he handled the cameras, lights and different locations.

Rap is a prime example of a young canine waiting for his big chance at Stardom. Rap turned two years old on Dec. 17 and is very much a teenager in a canine body. He came into my family at the age of 7 weeks and began his puppy socialization and training, of course, at Bon-Clyde. His first year was spent just in training basic manners and getting out to see the world. He finished his Championship very quickly and got Reserve Winners dog at the Border Collie Nationals from the puppy class. Since his little half sister Starr was being specialed Rap was doing limited conformation showing and spending more time a home learning other skills. After filming in Charlotte, Rap and I headed to Florida to join Starr at some shows. Rap won his first Best of Breed win on the Florida circuit.

My training philosophy for films, or just general skills, is to expose your dog to as much of the world as you can. Let the dog become a part of your family and learn now to communicate with him in a positive and motivational way. Listen to what the dog's body language is telling you and learn how to read your dogs. No animal can work in Obedience, Agility, Breed or Acting if they are afraid to make a mistake. While on the set for the Central Carolina Bank commercials, I received probably the most impressive compliment ever. While eating lunch with the crew one of the actors while watching the monitor, noticed that when Rap had moved from his position, I quietly returned to him and even petted him before getting him to return to his mark. This person was so impressed that positive motivational methods worked with dogs. Imagine the stress on actors if every time they forgot a line or missed their mark someone yelled or hit them!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's keep on with the positive training and the results will be very rewarding.

Until next time keep your training positive,
Bonnie and Toga

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Let’s Go Visit

Imagine this scene... You are only 5 years old, and you and your mother are walking into a shopping mall. Your mother points to a total stranger sitting on a bench, and tells you to run up to her and hug her like she is your long lost friend. How would you feel!!!!!! Now, imagine how your dog would feel if this happened to him/her. Your dog, like a young child, would not understand what is expected of him. So let’s make it easy for the dog to understand and teach the command “Go Visit”. This is a very involved skill to teach and one used quite a bit in the acting world. Unfortunately some actors and actresses are not dog lovers. Gracie has even worked with a child who loved dogs but was allergic. Gracie had to perform all her scenes with the child behind a glass door.

The first step in teaching “Go Visit” is to walk your dog on leash up to a stranger. You hand the person a piece of food and let him feed it to the dog. Repeat this several times. Then send your dog to the stranger using no food. Walk in behind the dog and reward him while staying with the stranger. Then, use your release word and walk away from the person with your dog. Your job is to teach the dog to stay with the stranger until you come and release the dog. Practice this with the person sitting and standing.

The objective is, that once you send your dog to “Go Visit”, he will remain with the person until you come in and release him. Once the dog understands, then have the stranger walk a few steps and the dog should follow. Remember the dog is working for you, not the actor. I like to think of the actor as a target and a place to send my dog. This skill is very necessary and takes the pressure off the dog and actor who can perform their parts independent of each other, but giving the appearance of working together. Also another good reason to teach this command is when visiting rest homes and doing therapy work with your dog. It also helps a shy dog become more confident by knowing he is working to please you, and you will be there to give him support. Try teaching “Go Visit”, I think you will find it very beneficial to both you and your dog.

Our Canine Professionals have been very busy these past few months. Caro, my Golden, has completed two jobs. She worked for Directions USA on a photo shoot for Lowes, shot in High Point, NC. Caro will also be seen in a commercial for NC State University, which was filmed in Raleigh. This will be airing during football season.

Grip, my Jack Russell, along with a cute lab puppy, owned by Eddie Wester, were models for an upcoming Avanti Greeting card. Eddie’s puppy, Daisy, also worked on a job for Stanley Furniture, which was also shot in High Point. Grip also worked for Jimmy Williams Productions on a very cute campaign for Sunbelt Foods. He can be seen riding with two small kids in a wheelbarrow. You will also see Grip advertising “Young America”, by Stanley Furniture inc. Gracie and Grip were filmed for a pamphlet on the 2004 Dodge Ram Trucks.

Holly and Glory, owned by Karen Worsham, and Dax and Fig, owned by Lynn Wilson, Moseley, owned by Lynn Reagan-Hull, and Gracie, Toga and Grip, all modeled for Gerin Choiniere for Ethical Pet Products. You can see some of the prints already in Ryan’s Pet supplies and other pet catalogues. These clothes are really special, wait until you see them.

Until next time keep on training and enjoying your dogs.

Bonnie and Toga

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Modeling Jobs, News, Spring 2003

What 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 Studios.

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

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"So You Want Your Dog To Be
in the Movies"

Exactly what is a "Canine Actor"??? Does your dog have what it takes? So your dog is cute, very photogenic and does a variety of tricks. Not to be discouraging but that is not the only qualifications needed for the big screen.
One of the most important Canine skills is patience and to be willing to perform the same skill over and over. It is unbelievable how many times a scene may be repeated before the blessed words, "That's a Wrap". Recently while shooting an Avanti Greeting card at Jordon Lake, two canine stars, Tate, owned by Sallie Eure Redding and Moseley, owned by Lynn Reagan- Hull were wonderful examples of dogs with patience. Both dogs had to show perfect balance while sitting up on a small box and looking adoring at the camera, over and over again.

A second important Canine skill is the Stay command. A Dictionary definition of Stay is to stop, halt, pause, wait or remain until told otherwise. My Sheltie, Buck, will be on the cover for a pamphlet advertising Stanley Furniture. We were on location at a gorgeous home in High Point, where Buck and a model were enjoying some quiet time in the study. Buck had to stay in a variety of different positions. In one shot he had to pretend he was asleep and have his eyes shut. These are all taught skills and you need a dog who really trusts you even with his eyes closed.

A third Skill for a Canine Actor is not to be sound sensitive. Caro my Golden just filmed a scene for a series of commercials produced by Pictures in a Row out of Los Angeles. It was for 76 gasoline, and called Nascar World. The scene required her to ride in a racecar, the Coors Light No. 40, with her head out the window enjoying the breeze. You can imagine the noise that a racecar makes. Caro, is not usually allowed to sit in the front seat with her head out the window, but remember this is acting!!!!! Sue was in the car on the floor giving Caro support, while Mary was getting Caro's attention while the car drove down the street. The commercials are scheduled to begin airing during the Daytona 500 race in 2003.

A fourth skill for a Canine Actor is Take it, Hold, and Give. This skill was needed also for the Nascar World commercials, and was successfully done by Mixie, owned by Mary Long. The scene was a young girl washing one of Jeff Gordon's cars with her dog at her side. Mixie had to hold a wet, soapy sponge in her mouth as if helping the child. Imagine holding a wet large sponge in your mouth on a sit stay while the spray from the car is bouncing in your face. What a good dog!

Another skill for an Acting dog is to be able to perform before a live audience. Toga and Gracie several years ago were part of the cast for Will Roger' Follies which was performed at the Pinehurst Hotel. Annette Haithcox and myself handled the dogs and we had a great time but it sure was a lot of hard work. Unlike film and movies you do not have a second or third take. What you do is what you get. Each performance was a little bit different but all went well and the dogs received a standing ovation. Thank Goodness.
This past September, I was working at The Dog's Camp in Asheville for Catherine Mills. I teach the Canine Acting and one of the requirements is to provide the entertainment at the banquet with the acting students. This year I had a really talented group of dogs and people and we performed OUR version of the "Sound of Barking" The show included group and individual talent, freestyle dancing and a variety of songs. It was really a lot of fun and all the Canines showed off their acting skills in style. My newest addition to the Canine actor, Grip, a Jack Russell, made his debut at The Dog's Camp showing what a Formal Retrieve should look like!!!!!!!!!

Yes, An acting dog involves so much and like anything else worth doing, there is always more to learn. Every time I go on location for a job either still, video or film I learn so much, which I incorporate in the acting classes. You may have seen the cute Halloween costumes in Target stores, modeled by Xtra, Glory and Dax. Also if you open your J and B Wholesale Catalog you will see Gracie sporting a Dressed to Thrill 4-leg fleece warm up along with Glory, Dax, Focus and Festus all dressed in the latest of Doggy fashions.
Bon-Clyde Canine Professionals are well known in the film and movie industry for providing talented, well-mannered canines. On a recent shoot with a group from California, the director personally called me after the scene was completed and told me how well my dog did in the scene. He and all the crew were absolutely thrilled with the dog's performance. What a compliment. Yes, Bon-Clyde Canine Professionals truly are Professionals, and I would not have it any other way.

That's a Wrap,
Bonnie and Toga

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Canine and Feline Professionals Have Been Busy!

Bon-Clyde Canine and Feline Professionals have been very busy. Our Feline actors continue to grow. Zen, owned by Erika Crompton, was not only a kitten star (on an Avanti greeting card), but now has completed his first commercial as a young adult. Zen put in a full day's work on location in Wilmington, NC, filming a commercial for Fleet Films, advertising Flonase. The actors were wonderful and loved cats, (thank goodness). Zen's easygoing personality, obedience and social skills amazed everyone. Presently we have two cats in acting classes and both are doing quite well. If you and your feline would like to join our training classes please let me know.

Zen was not the only Bon-Clyde Professional to advertise for Flonase. Two really cute Bearded Collies, Briagha, and Brady, owned by Sandra Powell also spent a day in Wilmington at the studio filming. The dogs were interacting with a group of actors who were allergic to pet dander. Of course, the actor representing Flonase was not affected at all. Brady had a wonderful time jumping up on the actors, on cue of course, while Briagha was running by, playing and sniffing their feet. This was filmed at Screen Gem Studios on Stage 2. Both dogs did a wonderful job and all the lights, cameras and crew did not bother them at all.

If you live in South Carolina, you may have seen a cute Border Collie, on a commercial advertising the SC Educational Lottery. Yes, it is Gracie. Gracie and I spent the day filming for MadMonkey Productions in Columbia shooting the commercial. The crew and agency were wonderful to work for and Gracie really enjoyed being the ONLY star for the day.

Gracie also worked for another Columbia company called WrayMedia. She and a wonderful crew spent 5 days filming in Carrboro, NC, for a video called "La Comunidad" (which means "The Community"). It is a story about a clinic run by Spanish speaking people in a small Southern town. The script was written by an Argentina writer, Ricardo Mora. Gracie played, Otello, and was owned by Carmina a doctor at the clinic. Carmina, played by Carla Sanchez, and her roommate, Laura, played by Marilyn Rodriquez, were the stars of the video, along with Otello, shared some very interesting scenes. The Director, David Murray, and the Producer, David Anderson, and all the crew from WrayMedia were absolutely wonderful. Gracie met many new friends and really had a fantastic five days.

Besides filming television commercials and videos, our dogs have also been busy doing print ads. Caro and Gracie worked two days in Durham at Duke University. The dogs worked with models advertising clothes for the Lands End September catalog. The models were from Florida, California, Chicago and New York. Only the dogs were local talent!!!! Caro and Gracie were honored to be a part of this shoot.

On April 17th, it was off to Charlotte for another fun-filled day with photographer, Gerin Choiniere. Focus, Gracie, Xtra, Toga, Dax, Glory, and Caro spent most of the day modeling Erin Minton's designer clothes. Besides the normal cute sweaters and tops, our dogs also modeled various costumes. Glory and Gracie were very cute as dinosaurs, and Xtra was the perfect clown, not to mention Caro with her red cape and horns. Moseley, a cute Westie owned by Lynn Reagan-Hull also joined up with Gracie, Xtra, Focus, Caro, Dax and Glory in June for another photography shoot in Charlotte with Choiniere. Watch for these to be soon in the Target stores. Also, visit the web site for PetCo and you can view some of the clothes and our dogs already on line.

The latest Avanti greeting cards, called Back Home, are now available in the stores. Kristi Pederson's cute Sheltie pup; Zen, as a kitten; and Caro my Golden are the featured animals. Also to be released, is Cole, the pug, wearing a necktie and at the office.
Caro, my Golden Retriever, has been very busy lately. She worked with photographer, Scott Dingman for a Volvo truck campaign, which was shot in the Raleigh area. Also, watch for Caro on a TV commercial for Mohawk carpets.

Well, as you can tell by reading we have been very busy. Our acting classes are really a lot of fun and also a lot of work. Join us this summer for some mini-acting workshops. Cats are welcome also.

Have a great summer and keep that camera rolling!!!!!!

Bonnie and Toga

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X Marks the Spot

     Have you heard the expression X marks the spot?  Exactly what does it mean?

     In the Obedience Utility class the X could be the go out point where the dog has to go straight and turn and sit on command, but to a Bon-Clyde Acting dog this spot takes on a much broader meaning.  Acting dogs are taught to target various locations, surfaces and even humans or other animals.  This is accomplished by a series of steps; we begin with basic targeting using a small plate with food on it.  The dog is taught three commands, to stare or look at the target, to move forward towards the target, and last, to get it (which in the early stages is food).  As the dog progresses, the target is moved off the floor and placed in various locations.  All three commands are learned separately and can be performed independent of the other.  Example, Gracie had to stare at a TV and not move.  The TV became her target and the command was “Look”, which is her word for focussing on a particular object.  The same command was used to look at a clock on the wall or stare at a person or other object.  One commercial script called for the canine actor to go into the scene and sit beside the actor.  In this case the “X” was beside the actor.  The actor was saying his lines and the dog had to work independent of him.  Again, this is a go-out command to a certain spot, which happened to be beside the actor.  I showed and targeted Gracie several times to help her understand where the “X” was, and then the actor was added.  Once the dog understands where the spot is, and that they are to go to it, it should not matter what is happening around that spot.  Just like a Utility go-out, the judge can stand anywhere and the dog should ignore any distraction! This requires a lot of work and is really fun to train.  Think of all the possibilities. Send your dog to a bed, a chair, a sliding board, a table, a fence, a moving wagon, a group of people… and the list is endless.  Remember… you, as the handler are in charge and the dog is taking directions from you… so be fair and show the dog exactly what you want. Don’t forget to reward his efforts afterwards.  Working dogs on a set with humans can be very challenging, but oh, so much fun.

     I would like to congratulate, Jessica, a Westie owned by Rene Glover who completed a great modeling job for a Heilig-Meyers furniture company ad to be released soon.

     Congratulations to Charisma, (the cat) owned by Erica Crompton, who is our first feline (puppy class) graduate. Yes, we do allow kittens in our puppy class!!! Charisma has already had her first big break – she and Gracie filmed a commercial for Wildwood Productions out of Utah for Rhodes furniture.  Both canine and feline did a wonderful job and amazed the crew.  Charisma is continuing her acting classes and working on targeting and other skills.

     Also, check out the new Avanti Greeting cards.  When you need a cute birthday card, look for a cute Pug sitting on top of a copier.  This handsome Bon-Clyde Canine Professional is Cole, owned by Ginger Kornegay. Another cute birthday card has a Sheltie holding a newspaper and a small child with him.  This is Bon-Clyde’s Buck.

     Buck and his brother, Rusty, owned by Kay Bolton can be seen on TV advertising Wayne-Dalton Garage doors.  I received news the commercial will air soon on several cable channels.

     Besides modeling and filming, Gracie and several Bon-Clyde dogs and their humans were the entertainment at the Point-to-Point Steeplechase in Southern Pines. Thanks to Connie and Summers; Mary and Junior; Sue and Jake; Wendy and Susie; Veronica and Maxwell; Valerie and Boogie; Edie and Bow; and Wendy and Cuji. These great dogs and handlers thrilled the crowd by performing agility skills over jumps, through tunnels, and across dog walks!

     Until next time, happy acting.


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