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,
following poem best describes my love for Toga.
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.”
you Toga for making my dreams come true. I will love and
miss you forever,
Canines have gone to the “CATS”!
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 !!!!
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
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
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.
Joins the Bon-Clyde Stars
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
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
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”.
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.
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.
Remember… STATIONARY, THINKING, ACCURACY, AND, YES, all
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 email@example.com.
Fido a Star!!!!!
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!!
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.
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
Filming and Having Fun
Canine Professionals have been having so much fun, traveling,
filming and doing personal appearances.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
next time keep your training positive,
Bonnie and Toga
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
next time keep on training and enjoying your dogs.
Jobs, News, 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
You Want Your Dog To Be
in the Movies"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!!!!!!
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
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.
Bonnie and Toga
and Feline Professionals Have Been Busy!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
a great summer and keep that camera rolling!!!!!!
Marks the Spot
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
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
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
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
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.