Talent gallops in the family

I have been trying to contact everyone asking for pictures to be updated on the website of all of the puppies.   Its been a challenge with some and a pleasure with others!

Meet Klondike – from the Ice Litter (brother to Cinder).

I am not sure if Klondike is available in countries other than Canada, but it was a 1/2 chocolate, 1/2 vanilla ice cream novelty in a sugar cone.   Klondike’s facial markings reminded me of the treat, and so he was named.  His owner’s decided they liked the name and retained it.

Klondike brushing up on his baseball knowledge

However, it turns out that Klondike has talents that I was unaware of.  It appears he inherited his great-great grandmother’s acting ability and is featured in this music video: (he comes in at about the 1:10 mark)

Penny had parts in several different films and commercials but here is a short clip of her on the Shining Time Station special Queen for a Day.

Penny was a huge ball fanatic and would bark until you threw it for her.  The way we shot this scene was for me and Brian (Scheemer) to play ball with her and then throw the ball back and forth and get her worked up so she really wanted that ball!   When they were ready to shoot, I held her back, someone threw the ball to Brian as they counted down, and he put it in his pocket.    Penny ran to him barking for her ball 🙂  Perfect on the first take!

Another funny from this assignment.  I had Penny out of the studio and was playing fetch with her when she wasn’t going to be required for a while.  A guy came out and sat on the floor with me, and we talked about Corgis, and Penny and he threw the ball for her.   After nearly an hour and a half, this really nice guy said he had to get ready for his scenes, picked up his conductor’s uniform and left.

I don’t know if Mr. Conductor is in this clip…..but boy do I feel foolish not knowing who Penny and I were playing ball with for 90 minutes.  I can’t believe I didn’t recognize him!

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5 Responses to Talent gallops in the family

  1. Alden says:

    Shelley, you threw a ball with comedic genius George Carlin. I would have fainted. 😉

    Also, Shemer was played by my good friend Brian O’Connor. He was the announcer at our 3-day events, and still announces all over the country. His brother David, won 3-day gold at the Sydney Olympics. Brian is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

    How did you get involved with Shining Time?

    • Shelley says:

      Alden, If I had realized who he was, I probably would have too!! As it was I didn’t even know he was in the cast until the next day.

      Penny was hired by an animal wrangler, Jane Conway. She called me and asked if I had a red and white corgi that would bark on command. I told her to give me her phone number and 15 minutes. In 15 minutes I taught Penny to speak on a signal (she was that smart!!)

  2. Alden says:

    If Jane’s ever looking for a brindle Cardi that barks non-stop, please send her my way.

    I hope you were able to talk horses with Brian. He comes from an unbelievable background. I think all the Murray women had a crush on him at one time or another; even my mother.

    • Shelley says:

      I didn’t know he was a horseman 🙁 Maybe if she had asked for a Paint that THINKS he’s a dog, we would have connected on that subject 😉

  3. Jonathan says:

    That is a hilarious story! The famous sometimes just seem like (gasp) normal people when you meet them.

    Last November, I was in the New York City, walking by the Museum of Natural History. A guy in a hat and dark glasses came along with a lab cross and the cutest little pit bull puppy. I gushed, “OH! Can I meet your puppy?!!” He said sure and we discussed it a bit as I played with the pup.

    As I walked away, I froze, and said to myself. “That was totally Kevin Bacon!” Ha. Leave it to a dog owner to miss the movie star for the cute puppy.

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