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Movie star a rescue?

In Just for Fun on October 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm
Was Papi rescued from a shelter?

Was Papi rescued from a shelter?

I am a bad Chihuahua parent and fan—I have not yet seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I squealed with the 5 year olds when I saw the trailer for it before watching Wall-E, but I haven’t had a chance to make it out to the theatre again. (I blame being busy and not having any fellow Chihuahua-loving friends who want to see a G-rated movie with me).


While waiting in the check out lane yesterday I noticed the little dogs were once again gracing the cover of magazines. People magazine had a story about the star of the movie, but I couldn’t seem to find it on their website. Instead, I came across this article.

That National Enquirer is not the most credible source, but even if the story is made up, it’s still heartwarming. According to the Enquirer, the star of the movie, Papi (his real name is Rusco), was rescued from a shelter by a Hollywood animal trainer, minutes before he was going to be euthanized.


Even if the story is exaggerated, at least it’s promoting rescue and adoption, more than any other made up tabloid story can say!

  1. I’ve seen that article before — I can’t recall where, but I did find where Reuters writes that Papi was a rescue dog (I trust Reuters more than the National Enquirer).


    From the Reuters article

    Papi, the part Chihuahua, part mutt male lead of the movie, was rescued from a Los Angeles animal shelter after trainers held months of fruitless auditions with breeders and veteran movie furry friends.

    Head animal trainer Mike Alexander told Reuters it was Papi’s big ears and great expression that got the dog noticed.

    “We saw his picture on the Internet and when we got to meet him at the shelter, he had a great bouncy personality that went with it,” said Alexander, of Birds & Animals Unlimited.

    From Disney’s website for the movie:

    Owning a pet is a major responsibility. Dogs require daily care and constant attention. Before bringing a dog into your family, research the specific breed to make sure it is suitable for your particular situation. Learn about and be willing to undertake the serious responsibilities of dog care. Always consider adoption from a reputable shelter or rescue program.

    See it — if you’re wanting to see a typical cute Disney dog movie, you’ll get your wish. (If you’re expecting Citizen Kane you’re in big trouble).

    And perhaps Tails magazine will write an article in December about how to “give” pets as holiday presents.

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