I’ve been avoiding the latest celebrity trainer, Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.” I figured she was just another quirky import with an accent. But I love watching trainers in action, especially from the comfort of my own couch, so I was thrilled to read Helene F. Rubinstein’s thumbs-up on Stilwell and her positive methods in the current issue of The Bark.
No sooner had I declared my TiVo affiliation to this Punk-Supernanny-hybrid that I learned one behaviorally-challenged homeless hound will soon be a Stilwell clients. Yahoo.
Of course, in the world of American Idol and Survivor, the public is going to pick that dog. First, the more than 12,000 shelter- and rescue-group members of Petfinder.com were asked to nominate wonderful dogs whose behavior issues have prevented them from being adopted. Those nominations were narrowed down to five dogs—Ollie the nipper, George the barker, Trojan the puller, Liza Bean the shy girl, and Charlize the unmanageable.
I don’t know how you’ll choose a favorite, but if you can, place your vote (through March 22). Stilwell will provide a free behavioral consultation to highest vote-earner's adoption organization and (we're optimistic here) future forever family or individual. Runners-up receive great exposure and a copy of the Petfinder.com Adopted Dog Bible.
You can track the lucky dog’s progress at the Petfinder blog.