When Lisa Marinaccio visited a shelter near her home in Los Angeles, she didn't feel an immediate connection with any of the dogs. That is, until she reached the last crate and locked eyes with Charlotte. Even though Charlotte was hiding in the corner of the crate—and even though the shelter volunteer warned her that Charlotte had been severely abused—Marinaccio knew she was the dog for her.
Charlotte was as fearful as the volunteer had warned, hiding under Marinaccio's bed for the first two weeks of their cohabitation. But through “baby steps,” Marinaccio brought Charlotte out of her shell (and out of the bedroom) and taught her to trust again. Nine years later, Charlotte is a sweet and loving companion—who has shown off some serious acting chops! Marinaccio wrote and directed “A Dog's Day Afternoon,” about a dog who lives a rich secret life while her owner is away at work. Watch the entire short film below and see what a wonderful actress this Rescue Wonder Dog is.