Pet Modeling was my primary objective the first two years of Groovy Goldendoodles™…
I thought through blogging I could introduce them to the entire world and their pet modeling career would start – like that! #snapfingers
As an aspiring pet Momager, I just knew Harley & Leo could work for any company in the world and launch anything they wanted to sell #dynamicdoodleduo…
PRODUCTS LIKE –
Denim wear for men #callRalphLauren
Wine OR sunglasses… #Imnotchoosy
It just never crossed my mind that other pet parents were out there looking for that big break too! #likeitsallaboutme
ANIMAL ACTING AGENCIES –
– are plentiful. Across the globe. I should know – I’ve called a few! #noshameinmygame
They all –
- ask the same questions
- forward similar forms for you to complete
- request a variety of photos in various poses
I complied, got excited, waited, and became discouraged when I heard from no one.
THEN CAME WEDNESDAY –
Checking my email, one subject line in particular caught my eye –
RE: Leo Bennett (Groovy Goldendoodles)
Through the website Harley and Jaxson often receive emails addressed to them, but Leo’s been gone now for two years #hurtslikeyesterday
Curious- I opened it!
We just got a call for a possible job for your doodles!
Dates are 2 full days, September 14 and 15; likely NJ area-
It is both video and print. The video will need a SOLID sit/stay and a retrieve and hold in mouth- as in sit and hold, not just bring back.
The idea is that ‘of all the things your dog brings home, fleas and ticks shouldn’t be some of them’… so it will be the door opening and a dog holding different funny things in mouth (like a toilet plunger, sports equipment, sticks, pizza box, etc)-
The print is a BIT more relaxed- they would LOVE for the dog to hold things but since print it can be for less time- and they are even willing to work with us a little on placing items in front of the dog instead.
Are you available for both dates? Do either (or both) of your hold items in their mouth?
Please send me some pictures of them holding so I can pass along to the client.
Not a word generally used to describe me, but it was certainly fitting at that moment. After I found my voice I rambled incessantly to my husband, then mid sentence it hit me –
Leo’s not here.
Talk about knocking the wind completely out of ones sails. #deflateddoodlemom
It took several minutes and all the untapped energy I could conjure up to gain my composure.
Leo was the motive behind the birth of Groovy Goldendoodles™ but he’s gone.
MAKE THAT CALL –
I had no choice. Before I could legitimately do my happy dance all over the house, I owed the agency a call about Leo.
Doodle Dad has always said –
Bad news doesn’t get better with age.
As far as I was concerned, it shouldn’t really matter. Jaxson is approx. 20 lbs lighter but the similarities are certainly there.
Leo and Harley…
Jaxson and Harley…
I was right! It didn’t matter. #cuemusicformyhappydance
My head was spinning as I started planning.
I’d have to –
- make grooming appointments
- rent a larger vehicle so they would be comfy going to Jersey
- find lodging (still have my La Quinta nights from the March Madness contest)
- order new Groovy Goldendoodle apparel #Mommagottolookgoodtoo
AND THEN CAME THE CALL –
About seven hours later the phone rang – again.
It was the agency.
When she started the conversation with –
the client really wanted Goldendoodles…
I thought – “this isn’t good!” And it wasn’t. At least not for us here in Doodleville. Turns out the client had some reservations about Harley and Jaxson’s hair. Too fluffy to model a flea collar. #noargumentthere
I smiled through my telephone conversation masking my disappointment.
She assured me I would hear from her again because –
More and more of our clients are requesting Goldendoodles then ever before
She asked for updated photos of Harley and specific shots of Jaxson.
That evening I recalled my day and smiled with sincerity.
Although it was a very different “kind of day” with the wrong “kind of ending.” I totally enjoyed the experience.
Perhaps this is the start of a new chapter for the Boys and the agency will contact us again soon.
But if another call never comes again – I can always share (and re-live) the one we had…
…and that will be alright with
Start each day with a grateful heart – start today ❤️