Thursday, January 12, 2006

Four-legged friends find fame and a home with Annie

Milo and Minkus, two adoptable dogs from The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, found fame and fortune (a loving home) with the touring Broadway production of Annie at The Center in December. I first met the energetic Milo and super-fluffy Minkus at the Kids' Night on Broadway event for Annie. That’s Milo (on the right, in case you can’t tell) playing with Jaxson Groom whose grandma had dressed him in a Dalmation costume to see the show. Adorable, right? Both of them.

The Center had partnered with The Humane Society of Tampa Bay to bring two of their adoptable dogs to have a walk-on part (they were actually rolled on-stage in a big cart) in Annie — playing stray dogs that had been caught by the dogcatcher. An announcement was made before each performance that the dogs were available for adoption. Minkus, a five-year-old black Pekingese, was adopted that same night. Milo, a five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, went on with the show for a few more performances. (Me watching the Sunday matinee performance: “Turn around Milo! You won’t get adopted if the audience can only see your rear end!”) Milo was adopted by the end of Annie’s run. Happy ever after for both.

According to Cathy Bellatin, Special Events Coordinator at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Milo and Minkus were relinquished to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for different reasons. Milo’s parents were not able to spend enough time with him. Minkus’ mom had very poor health and could no longer adequately care for him. There are lots of other animals who are waiting for loving homes and won’t ever make it on stage for an additional plug. So if you have room in your heart and home for a furry friend, contact The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. They would love to hear from you.

FYI - the next Kids' Night on Broadway (or KNOB for short) will be March 8, 6-7 p.m., before Little Women. This cool event is free and has performing arts-themed games, crafts, entertainment, etc. for the kids (and kid-like adults like me). There are even Buy-one, get-one-free tickets available. And who knows what new friends you might meet?

- Carol C.

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