Jessica Chastain & Her Three-Legged Dog Hit Toronto


What movies are all the talk at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Who cares?!

The real red carpet hero in Toronto was Chaplin– Jessica Chastain’s adorable three-legged dog and favorite travel companion.

Just look at that strut as they arrived Sunday at the airport!



Sarah Silverman’s Obituary to Her Beloved Dog


Our condolences go out to Sarah Silverman on the passing of her beloved dog, Duck.

Read Sarah’s touching tribute to her “constant companion.”

I wrote an obituary type thing:

Duck “Doug” Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. Since then we have slept most every night together (and many lazy afternoons.) When we first met, the vet approximated his age at 5 ½ so I’d say he was about 19 as of yesterday, September 3, 2013.

He was a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love.

Over the past few years he became blind, deaf, and arthritic. But with a great vet, good meds, and a first rate seeing-eye person named me, he truly seemed comfortable.

Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go.

My boyfriend Kyle flew in late last night and took the day off from work to be with us. We laid in bed and massaged his tiny body, as we love to do – hearing his little “I’m in heaven” breaths.

The doctor came and Kyle, my sister, Laura and I laid on the bed. I held him close – in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing. I picked him up and his body was limp – you don’t think about the head – it just falls. I held him so tight. And then finally, when his body lost its heat, and I could sense the doctor thinking about the imminent rush hour traffic, I handed him over.

14 years.
My longest relationship.
My only experience of maternal love.
My constant companion.
My best friend.

Jeremy Renner’s Lost Dog is Found!


What would you do if your dog went missing for over a month? Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner set up a Facebook page and offered a $5000 reward when his French bulldog Hemi escaped from his L.A. home.

The good samaritan who found Hemi did not accept the money, according to omg!:

Hemi was found with the help of Sarah Sypniewski and her company Ninja Dog Concepts. Hemi’s case was Sarah’s 50th successful rescue.

Sarah told omg! the full story of how Hemi’s rescue came about. On Thursday, a woman called Renner’s friend Kristoffer Winters and said she had him — in Visalia, CA. She first said (and then later said she was mistaken) that her son had found him on a street in Hollywood near where Hemi got out and that he put up flyers in the area to try to find the owners and also took him to get scanned for a microchip but that nothing came up. He couldn’t keep Hemi, so he brought him to his mom in Visalia. Videos and photos were exchanged to confirm, and it did indeed appear to be Hemi.

So, Kristoffer and his mom, Valerie (along with Digby, another family dog), drove up to Visalia Thursday night to retrieve Hemi at the woman’s house. The meeting was very brief and Valerie called to Hemi through the fence. He immediately put his paws up on the fence to greet her, and when Digby saw him, the two went crazy with happiness! Kristoffer scooped Hemi right up and got him in the car, and they drove home.

Sarah says that Hemi is currently in good general health. He went to the vet to get a full workup — an exam, blood tests, bath, and a microchip. He has gotten new collars and ID tags, and even a GPS unit for his collar!
Welcome home, Hemi!