Harry Potter dog needs home

A German Shepherd who played Padfoot, the animal version of Gary Oldman’s character Sirius Black in Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, needs a home. His owner, British stuntman/ animal trainer Paul Thompson, 52, says he can’t give Berry, now 10, the attention he needs. Thompson is also looking for a home for Porridge, a 13-year-old white German Shepherd cross who has also appeared in movies. Thompson told the Sunday Express: “I found myself spending a lot of time away from home. The dogs needed more attention then I could give. It was a difficult decision to make but one I had to accept was best for the dogs.” He’s had both dogs since they were puppies and doesn’t want them separated. They’re now being fostered by German Shepherd Dog Rescue. Berry’s page on the rescue site reads:

My real name is Berry, Shadowberry, and I am now 10 human years old. Many dog years ago I played the part of Padfoot in a big film that was watched by many people all around the world (or so my Dad told me). I haven’t seen it personally but apparently I looked pretty mean in it sometimes.

I am a German Shepherd and my Dad got me as a puppy. He did lots of exciting things like being a stunt man and animal training for films. That’s probably how I got my part. I love people and my best friend is Porridge who is 13 human years and who I live with. Porridge has also been in some films. Both of us are a bit wobbly in our older years but we still love life.

My Dad contacted German Shepherd Dog Rescue because he realised he didn’t have the time to look after us properly anymore. His work takes him away from home an awful lot and whilst his friends and family tried to help look after us, we weren’t getting the walks or brushes we were used to. This lovely lady came round to visit us one day. She asked Dad a lot of questions about us and then we got in the car with her (I love the car) and went to her house to live. Apparently she is what they call a Foster Mum… she spent lots of time with us making sure we were fed, brushed and loved. She told us that she could only look after us for a few weeks but that we would be moving to another home with another Foster Mum who will love us just as much as she does where we will stay for as long as needs…I am still waiting for a home to call my own…Please read what mum told me about German Shepherd Dog Rescue and if you can help in anyway, Porridge and I would be most grateful.
Love Berry
XxxxxX

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Comments & Discussion

  1. Andrea • September 29, 2011 @ 12:15 AM

    How do you have dogs for their whole lives and then just get rid of them when they’re old? That guy sucks.

  2. Matt • September 28, 2011 @ 11:27 PM

    ^Stuff happens. If you have a dog, imagine having to give it away due to life circumstances beyond your control and imagine how you would feel about it.

  3. anonymous2 • September 29, 2011 @ 3:02 AM

    I think he’s just getting rid of those dogs because they no longer make money for him.There is even places that are daycares for dogs that he could take them to or a petsitter that could take care of them at their own home.

  4. Nonny Muse • September 29, 2011 @ 7:58 AM

    I agree. They’ve gotten too old to be useful to him so he doesn’t want them. I bet they’re both wondering why, after so many years, they’re suddenly being bounced from house to house and stranger to stranger.

  5. blake0807 • September 29, 2011 @ 8:28 AM

    Unless someone is proven to be financially or otherwise unfit, these people should be required to donate/pay in some way for abandoning animals like that! Of course if someone can “let go” of dogs they have had that long I guess nothing would stop them from just dumping them either. Hopefully, and in part thanks to rescues, these dogs will be adopted and live out their final years happy and secure.

  6. Janet Chernin • September 29, 2011 @ 9:05 AM

    Disgusting – he NOW doesn’t have time for these dogs that put food on his table. I pray that he never gets another ‘gig’ as an animal trainer. Alert all movie producers put a DNH (DO NOT HIRE) on this selfish self centered sorry excuse for an owner. SHAMEFUL!

  7. angela • September 29, 2011 @ 9:45 AM

    man, I hope this guy doesn’t have any kids, cuz you know how inconvenient those things can be, and well giving them up for adoption would be alot harder to do! what an ass, all that money and NOW he can’t take care of them!! take them to the groomers once a week, I’m sure he can afford it and hire a local dog walker….it’s not hard, us normal average everyday people can do things like that, why can’t a rich ass like yourself! sheesh….it sickens me to see all the ads of people getting rid of animals because they become a little time consuming. I hope when he gets too old someone puts him in a home and doesn’t bother with him anymore. Bet he gets a new puppy in 2 weeks……rot in hell ass!

  8. Sheila Gredzinski • September 29, 2011 @ 9:50 AM

    Janet, that is an excellent idea. Turn his name out! Too bad so many won’t care, if he is that good. But, there are many in Hollywood who do care!
    Selfish and irresponsible.

  9. Sue Fleming • September 29, 2011 @ 9:59 AM

    I understand that film work is on a contract basis, and that you can go for periods without work and thus no money. I work on contract as well. I have a husky, an Irish wolfhound, 4 cats and a rabbit; I’m also a single parent. When you are working, you have money to pay for help, pet sitters etc. When you aren’t working, you have the luxury of time. So where is the problem? Have they stopped making money for you? Is it time to cut loose the dead weight of two elderly dogs? For shame. You don’t deserve the love of an animal.

  10. Matt • September 29, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

    I’m sorry, but why the hell is everybody ganging up on this guy? Them being “too old to be useful” is nothing but your baseless opinions. I’d think there’d be people old enough to know that things like this happen.
    Is everyone having a bad day or something? Or do you actually believe that there’s ‘no such thing as being too busy to look after your dog’?

  11. Darlene • September 29, 2011 @ 10:36 AM

    Matt, I bet he wasn’t too busy to look after those dogs when they were earning money for him. You take on responsibility for animals for their lives, not just until it becomes inconvenient. You know that they live up to 20 years in some cases and if you can’t make that commitment, then you shouldn’t take them on. We have 2 dogs, one of whom is deaf, totally blind (has been for 8 years)and on very expensive medicine. They are 8 and 17 years old. They are our responsibility for life and have never earned us a penny because that isn’t their job. It is to be part of our family.

  12. Matt • September 29, 2011 @ 11:21 AM

    Everyone’s expecting the worst of this guy even though the article did nothing to spin it that way.
    Yes, he might be a money-sucking scum bag, but he might also be a loving owner that feels bad about having to let them go due to work.
    I’m of the opinion that they’d rather have their dad than walks and brushes, but I won’t condemn the guy based off the limited info given in the article.
    I’m currently looking after a 9 year old dog that a family member almost gave up due to career issues, and I’ll tell you that it’s not his fault. Forming a negative opinion on someone’s actions without trying to understand or empathize with their reasons is just self-rightousness.

  13. Matt • September 29, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    If he was keeping another cash cow at home while giving away these two beauties however, that’d be completely different 🙁

  14. Lynda • September 29, 2011 @ 11:43 AM

    The situation is so obvious, he dosn’t need them anymore..this guy is a loser…hope the dogs find a good home..someone that dosn’t give them the boot when they are a bother

  15. jjjones • September 29, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

    I have to agree with everyone here (except Matt). I can’t believe you get a dog from a puppy and then decide 10 and 13 years later, that you’re too busy to look after them. It sounds to me that these dogs might need some extra care, so it’s basically a cop out. It’s not fair to the animals. I’ve seen many people take their dogs on the road with them, so why can’t he and what has he done up until now? I want to cry for these dogs that have known one master all these years and suddenly they are discarded like yesterday’s news. I hope Ellen D. addresses this issue on her show to tell Hollywood this is not acceptable behaviour.

  16. Amanda • September 29, 2011 @ 11:51 AM

    I agree with Matt. He is giving them up because he can no longer give them the love and attention that they need. His job is demanding and keeps him at length from the things he loves the most in the world. Imagine putting everything you have into your pets and in the end realizing you aren’t what’s best for them. It’s got to be very tough on him to give them up but it’s a sacrafice he’s willing to make for them. That’s the ultimate love.

  17. Paula • September 29, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

    I also agree with Matt and Amanda. I am also not a pet owner – because i do not have the time to offer the love and attention that a pet deserves. But instead of posting all those negative comments about how much of a loser he is, perhaps one of you could step up to the plate, offer a solution and adopt the dogs 🙂

  18. Nickym • September 29, 2011 @ 12:38 PM

    wow a lot of the cup is half empty comments in here. I would say it is unfortunate that he can’t keep the dogs but is being responsible in looking out for the animals and recognizing that they need more than he can provide. I would love to take the dogs!

  19. Meladee • September 29, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

    He knew when he got those dogs that they were going to take work and committment…PETS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE!! If he had children, would he be sending them to foster care because he now longer has time for them? Just like children, they are a responsibility that you see through to the end. I just hope these lovely dogs get a wonderful home with someone who appreciates them more than this man obviously did. And I hope he never owns another pet…but I guarentee that the next movie he works on, he will have another dog to rake in some coin for him.

  20. Age A • September 29, 2011 @ 1:04 PM

    Send them both to me and I will give them a safe and loving home for the rest of their lives…

  21. Sandra • September 29, 2011 @ 1:16 PM

    What is wrong with you people? I’ve been a pet owner for many years and can understand how heartbreaking it is when you have to give them up, for whatever reason. You should be applauding him…he’s actually looking for a home for them, not putting them down. Don’t you get it…it’s not about the money! There are hundreds of good homes out there that will love to have these dogs as part of their family. I wish you all the luck with your search, Berry and Porridge! Sandra, from Canada!

  22. susan • September 29, 2011 @ 1:26 PM

    i hope these dogs find someone who will give them the love they need-i would take them and love them i lost my dog after 17 years and i still miss her.

    sue from Canada

  23. Jamie • September 29, 2011 @ 1:26 PM

    I agree with @Sandra in everything she states, what amazed me was that the first thing people thought of was he’s doing it because they don’t make him money!(Shaking my head) WTF people it’s an interesting place we goto when the first thing is oh he’s doing it for the money, if also does stunt work he makes good money, if he’s out working WORKING on other job throughout the world and can’t take his dogs, then they (the dogs) deserve to be treated better by a family that can properly take care of them. Seriously get off your high horses and realize that sometimes it’s hard as hell but it’s better he gives them a good home.

  24. Heather • September 29, 2011 @ 1:47 PM

    He doesn’t deserve any pity. Animals are for life and he knew that when he brought them home.

  25. A.G. • September 29, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

    I do understand there are times in some of our lives which take an unfortunate turn and they have to say good bye to their pets and occasionally their children so that those under their care may have a safe place to sleep and food to eat BUT his is not one of those unfortunate turns.
    We live in a very disposable world – in his case these 2 dogs have earned him a living – now it is time for them to be able to enjoy their senior years in the home they more than likely helped pay for! He opts to not only re-home them but puts them into rescue for them to find a suitable home? Really! I personally think it is a real shame he does not see the need to repay those dogs for the income they brought to him.
    Paula his solution is easy. He could arranged for someone to come into the home: the dogs could sleep in their beds, get walked daily, are basically cared for while he is away. No the dogs wont mind that he himself is not home every single day. This is a small price to pay since he choose to have dogs. Matt the man is a Stunt/Animal trainer, I would hazard a guess that yes he has another ‘cash cow’ at home.

  26. Stacey • September 29, 2011 @ 1:55 PM

    You don’t have dogs for that long and then get rid of them…IT IS WRONG!!!!! Imagine how the dogs will feel when given away after all those years. So not cool!!!!

  27. Tammy Nicks • September 29, 2011 @ 2:18 PM

    I am disgusted by this. His life long companions would be so confused right now. Throw away pets! I hope this guy is not allowed to get another dog ever!!! If you make the commitment to an animal, make sure you know it is for life.

  28. Linda • September 29, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    I adopted a rescue dog aged 2 1/4 years and spent the next decade rehabilitating him. My ‘son’ lived well past his breed’s life expectancy of 12 – he lived just 2 weeks short of 18. In his older years did he become more dependent? My life became a full time job of looking after him. Would I have given him away at any time for any reason? NO! Pets deserve the love and care you offered at the time they joined your family right throughout their lives until they sadly leave us. Refusing to care for his aging dogs is disgraceful.

  29. Karyn • September 29, 2011 @ 3:32 PM

    Those dogs are so sweet!! Tough decision when you have such lack of time to commit to your pets who clearly deserve your time and attention!! I honestly harbour no ill feelings for the owner of the dogs and feel he probably has made a very tough choice and feels torn. That is the guilt he will have to live with. Bad enough!! I would not want to be in his place. I am glad the dogs will be together thou and won’t make the change of ownership and adjustments so difficult and only hope a very loving committed person will provide a stable home for these sweet beautys.

  30. Toni in Canada • September 29, 2011 @ 3:32 PM

    Good Luck, Berry and Porridge. you are both so cute
    I am sure you will find someone to love you both very soon and be your forever home.
    would like to see this story followed up on, and know who and when (if future owner agreeable) does adopt
    these 2 lovely creatures.
    keep us in the know, please?

  31. judith • September 29, 2011 @ 4:49 PM

    I’ve been on both sides of this decision- having to give up a dog because of not being able to provide the love and care that she deserved – and being able to adopt a 10 year old dog. It wasn’t possible for me to adopt the dog we gave up – she has now passed away, but in a small way I wanted to try and make up for having to give her away – and it was done responsibly – we found a great home for her, we know she was loved and cared for until she passed away – now I’m sharing my home and love with Jack, who is an older guy. You do what you can, when you can in your life, and when you can’t provide in whatever way, you do the responsible thing, which this guy has done – when the karma comes back and you can give back, then you do. It happens, life happens, sh*t happens and karma is kick *ss.

  32. cc • September 29, 2011 @ 4:57 PM

    I wish i could believe that it is out of kindness that the dogs are being given up but I just can’t believe it. These dogs were more employees and or tools for this guy obviously. If they were companions in any way, he’d make it work. The industry has not changed so his work schedule would be more or less the same. I guess you could say it was nice to give them up because he no longer cared to look after them but I sure hope no one else has to depend on him for support. It’s a character thing.

  33. Maya • September 29, 2011 @ 5:06 PM

    Jeez people.. really? I guarantee you someone will choose these dogs because of their history. Their human is simply doing what he thinks is fair for them. Try being open-minded and not making baseless assumptions. It must be incredibly disheartening to be so judgemental of people you’ve never met and probably never will meet.

  34. judie smith • September 29, 2011 @ 5:21 PM

    I will take both of them!!!

  35. Mama Rose • September 29, 2011 @ 6:09 PM

    I hope those pooches get a wonderful home where they can run and enjoy thier lives.

  36. Robin • September 29, 2011 @ 6:20 PM

    I agree with the other commenters. It’s sickening that people “throw away” their pets as they age. We adopted one of our dogs when she was 13 (she’ll be 16 in January). She’s a wonderful dog and it’s mind boggling that someone could raise her all those years and then just dump her at the humane society where few of the old dogs ever get adopted just because she had minor tooth problems which she wouldn’t have had if her teeth were properly brushed daily. I’d adopt both of these dogs two if someone would bring them here. And the next time I adopt a dog, it will again be an older pet. Would you dump your grandmother in the street because she got old and lost some of her teeth?

  37. Carrie • September 29, 2011 @ 6:26 PM

    I think you all are being too harsh in your criticism. I think what this gentleman is doing is the most unshelfish thing that he can do for those dogs and very brave. To leave those dogs without proper attention and excercise is the cruel thing to do. I know from experience, I was in a similar situation where I gave up my dog whom I also had since a puppy because I could no longer look after him and provide the love and attention he was a custom to. It broke my heart to give him up and to this day I miss him so much. But I know he is in a better home and getting the love and attention he diserves. Shame on all of you!!!!!!

  38. Melissa Burnside • September 29, 2011 @ 6:57 PM

    My friend, who’s children love Harry Potter, would gladly provide a happy home for either dog!!! Let us know more info Please!!!!! Thanks!!!

  39. Sirius • September 29, 2011 @ 7:36 PM

    You bunch of know it all blowhards! You’re all idiots. If he didn’t care for the dogs he’d just leave them neglected & not care what happened to them. Berry was in The Prisoner of Azkaban 7 years ago, which means he hasn’t been a “cash cow” for 7 years, & for such a small role he probably didn’t make a lot of money any way. If he only had them to make money he would have dumped them years ago. Bunch of wind bags. 1000’s of dogs are abandoned & neglected & treated much worse than this. How many have you judgmental jacka$$es rescued?

  40. Patti • September 29, 2011 @ 7:44 PM

    Do any of you realize how hard it is on a pet to be missing their owner for weeks, or more, at a time? I babysit a friend’s pet when she travels to visit her family. She is usually gone for a week to 10 days, and her pets are so lonely and sad. These pets know me and love me, but I am no substitute for their owner, and she only goes away a couple of times a year. I can’t imagine how they would be if she was coming home (excitement) and then leaving again after a few days (disappointment!). As for taking them with him, aircraft cargo holds are not insulated, and very uncomfortable for animals. Not to mention, if they had to go to another country, the pet would have to be quarantined for an unknown period of time. Personally, I wouldhate to lose my beloved pets, but they deserve a stable, happy home, not endless caregivers or travelling and quarantine! Grow up people and put yourself in someone else’s shoes! (like the dog’s)

  41. Heather • September 29, 2011 @ 8:07 PM

    I don’t understand??? What is wrong with people you give a home to a dog and it should be a forever home! My dog was 10 months when we got her and we were her third owners. She has chewed almost everything in our home but we commited to her and will NEVER give her up, she depends on us. I know that these two will find a forever home but please know I wish I could help, I am sure they are already gone. I feel for these poor animals and wish I could provide homes for all the lost and forgotten out there. What a dumb ass this guy is!!!

  42. Pichou • September 29, 2011 @ 8:07 PM

    I’m a pet owner and I know how hard it is to leave my cat home alone when I would go to the Island for 3 or 4 nights. I know that it’s hard on the cat. My cat is 17 years old and I’ve had him for 16 1/2 yrs, and I know what it feels like to have to even consider the idea of having to give him up. Give Berry’s dad a break, he’s at least doing something good for the dogs instead of going and having them put down or dumping them off somewhere and letting them fend for themselves. Hopefully someone who loves dogs will adopt both Berry and Porrage. Best of luck to both of them.

  43. Nessa • September 29, 2011 @ 8:27 PM

    This trainer sucks. There are plenty of dog trainers in hollywood and even broadway who retire the dogs at that age and live their life in peace with the trainers as just pets.

    My favourite dog trainer is the guy who works for broadway. He trains the dogs for Annie and Wizard of Oz. He actually takes in strays from the shelters and trains them and then the dogs retire around 10 years old and he keeps them as pets until they pass away. Now that’s a real dog trainer.

  44. Debbie • September 29, 2011 @ 8:29 PM

    you guys are being awfully judgmental, if i did not already have six dogs and four cats and seven rabbits i would happily take these babies plus i live in Canada
    it would be a hard trip for them. But i wish i could:)

  45. shirley • September 29, 2011 @ 11:07 PM

    this previous owner is disgusting. the dogs calling him dad, he doesn deserve the privelege

  46. Sara • September 30, 2011 @ 1:47 AM

    C’mon people. He’s looking for a better home for his dogs. It’s not like he just put them down.

  47. Brenda S. • September 30, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

    Animals aren’t people. They don’t think like us. Yes they have emotions based on instinct and survival (anyone watch “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan??” but they aren’t traumatized by moving to a new and loving home. Whether this guy couldn’t care for them anymore or didn’t want to care for them anymore doesn’t matter.

    What matters is that rather than having them put to sleep he chose to try to find a loving home where the dogs could stay together. He could have separated them – I am sure that there are a LOT of Harry Potter fans who would taken Berry in a heartbeat but he did the right thing by keeping them together.

  48. Rosie • September 30, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

    Awesome, so these animals made him his money and now that he is so famous and busy he just can’t find the time for the. I’ts best for the dogs. Kinda like it’s not you it’s me. Love the little “heartfelt” letter that Berry writes looking for a home. Really you cheap ass. Why don’t you say that you are a complete dick and oh yeah they are too old and no longer are of any use to you.
    Oh yeah
    Love
    I’m a total jackass
    xxxxxxxx

  49. Lady Wendy • September 30, 2011 @ 1:25 PM

    If I could I would take them, they would have to ship them to Canada. I have a large back yard, and there is another place where they could go for their walks. They would be loved and spoiled by me. I have great references to take these cuties on. Really sad and ignorant that this person can just throw them away like that because really that is what he is doing. I already have a pure black cat 7 yrs old(mainecoon) and I have 1 min pin who is 3 yrs old, to add these lovelies on would make us a complete family.

  50. Jessica • September 30, 2011 @ 5:24 PM

    all of you people that are saying that he’s being an ass obviously have never had to give up a dog because you are too busy for them. You know nothing about this guy yet you are all ganging up on him. He is doing the right thing for those dogs and all of you are too stupid to realize it. So shut the hell up. I had to give up my golden retriever. I didn’t do it because he outlived his usefulness but with two young kids, i didn’t have time for him anymore. And it was the hardest thing I had to do. None of you morons know anything about this guy so cut him some slack for doing the right thing for these animals. He knows that he can’t devote time to them, which they need so he is giving them up for adoption knowing that they will be well looked after by someone who has the time to give them all the love they need. He’s had them since pups and the dog who played Padfoot was in a movie not too long ago…..God you people need to stop judging someone whom you know nothing about. Shame on you all.

  51. Kim • September 30, 2011 @ 7:57 PM

    I would take these two dogs in a heartbeat!! I don’t care why he is giving them up,I would love to have both of them! I have a large farm and they would love it here! I,m in Nova scotia but if he wants to send them to me I will take them!

  52. Christine Harrington • September 30, 2011 @ 9:52 PM

    OK, anyone who has worked in the film industry knows you work min – 12 hour days. Sorry to be bursting anyones bubble here, but it’s not all fun and games!

    My point is, why on earth would you have needy pets like dogs when you do this kind of work? Hello – grow up and think of someone other then yourself next time Dude!

  53. Terry • September 30, 2011 @ 10:14 PM

    Berry & Porridge have found several homes just on this thread so no doubt will find a home soon.
    Brenda S. >>> but they arent traumatized by moving to a new and loving home.<<< Yes, they are most certainly traumatized by moving to a new & loving home. I adopted an 18mo. old Chihuahua and he suffered devastating separation anxiety. He chewed and ate a lot of stuffing out of the comforter on my bed. When I bought a new comforter he left the new one alone.
    There are tons of pet services available to care for your pets while you are away from home. Older dogs begin to lose some of their sight & hearing and depend on familiarity to get around their house. These dogs aren't yet at that stage but older shepherds tend to suffer hip dysplasia. All older dogs cost more in vet bills due to tooth decay, abscesses and arthritis so if they are to stay together they need an owner who can care for them adequately financially. This jerk didn't want the vet bills that goes along with old dogs.
    IF I had some kind of situation that caused me to have to part with my loving dog, such as my being physically incapacitated for example, I'd insist on hand-picking a home for my little guy to make damn sure he was getting the very best possible dog loving owner. Never would I dump him off at a rescue joint to wash my hands of any further responsibility for him!! Obviously he doesn't care if or when they are adopted or by whom.
    And Jessica……don't take out the anger from your own guilt as to the bum deal you gave your own dog on the critics of this list.

  54. Jacqui • September 30, 2011 @ 11:12 PM

    I don’t think I’m in a position to judge why he would choose to do this. Doesn’t matter I’ll take them both!

  55. Rhonda • October 1, 2011 @ 1:01 AM

    I don’t care about WHY! I just care about the dogs! Both of them. I was raised with dogs in the home. Big, small, pure bred, mutts…pets, make a home! I am teaching my daughter the same values. She is not allowed to own a dog, until she is 10. I think at that age, she will be able to learn the responsibility and time, it will take to care for her ‘extended family’!

    We live in a small suite, in the middle of a city, I don’t know if I could have a large dog! AND, that comment about dog sitting and boarding…that is not home and dogs are so much smarter and need so much more than just, food, water and exercise! I know, I owned a dog, and got a new job that demanded I travel at least once a month! I boarded him, and learned later, that he was so upset, that the volunteers at the centre would take turns taking him home every night! He was well trained, super friendly and quiet. Well, as quiet as a dog is supposed to be (put one of those collars that stops them barking…and I will put that same thing on you)…Maybe everytime you fart, you should get a shock up your butt!

    Anyway, dogs are affectionate, loyal and yes it all depends on the owner and training. I lost my german shepard when she was 7 months old, and would never own another, because I adored her and just couldn’t replace her with another!

    I hope these dogs find a loving home, with room to enjoy the rest of their lives!

  56. Brenda S. • October 1, 2011 @ 2:08 AM

    Terry,

    If you give a dog loving home it is not traumatized. One of my dogs I got because the people lived in the city and found that their dog just wasn’t getting the exercise and stimulation she needed (shepard/collie cross). I brought her back to my farm and when her previous owners visited the next week she didn’t pay them any attention. I felt bad for the people because they had obviously loved and it hurt them to know that she really didn’t care that they were there. Moving to a new home didn’t cause that dog any suffering what-so-ever. I had another dog that I ended up giving to a relative because I had to move to the city and a farm dog would find it difficult going from total freedom to being locked up. The dog didn’t care. He didn’t whine or miss me one bit. He settled in to his new home and was happy as can be.

  57. Stacie • October 1, 2011 @ 3:25 AM

    I think that this man is just trying to do what’s best for porridge and berry, just because he is in the Hollywood business dosent mean he is big headed or dosent love his dogs

  58. Terry • October 1, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

    Brenda…..maybe it just depends on the dog & the circumstances. My little guy had separation anxiety that lasted for about a month. As I mentioned, tearing the stuffing out of my comforter, and when I’d give him a little rawhide stick and say to him “Get your chewy, Spike, where’s your chewy?” he’d take it in his mouth and prance in circles crying and crying….seemed to have actual tears. I had the opportunity to talk to his previous owner on the phone and asked if she knew why he’d cry so much having his chewy. She began to cry herself and said that “Chewy” is the name of his prairie dog playmate that they had as another pet. He had come from a loving home but her mother had diabetes and Spike would jump up on her lap and scratch her legs, they’d become infected, so they decided for her health reasons he had to go. Once I stopped calling the rawhide a chewy he was okay. I was given the previous owner’s phone number because they loved Spike and asked that the new owner would keep in touch with them and let them know of Spike’s new home and progress. He did adjust completely over about a month’s time but was very lost and nervous initially and very much missed his playmates…a prairie dog, a rabbit and two cats, and most likely his people as well.

  59. Deb • October 3, 2011 @ 2:12 PM

    I think that it must have been a very difficult decision for the owner to give up his dogs. The fact that he felt he needed to make sure they have a good home with proper care is a testament of his affection for the dogs rather than putting them down which is often the case.
    There are many adoptive families who would love these dogs and give them every bit of attention they need.

  60. Kasey • October 3, 2011 @ 5:53 PM

    I just love how these comments have no logic behind them. Way to jump and attack somebody when you do not know what’s really going on. I’m laughing at these comments which hav no good logic behind them.

    Most of these comments are probably from Harry Potter diehard fans. I have two cats and a dog and I have very bad case of allergies. The only way it will go away is if I get rid of my pets but I dont see myself doing that. Right now the way that I see it’s something out of hands and he has to give up the pet which is hurting him more than you people who are bashing him cause he raised when it was a puppy.

  61. Lyndsay • October 3, 2011 @ 8:07 PM

    Wow, all you people need to stop with pointing your fingers at this guy. You have no idea why he has to give up his dogs and based on this article, you definitely can’t possibly know. Stop saying he is a “scumbag” or anything else until you know the facts. Of course he is feeling awful about this loss, who wouldn’t? Anyways, stop being so harsh, im sure a guy who owns 2 dogs and raised them since they were puppies can’t possible be as cruel as many of you think.

  62. Jackie • October 4, 2011 @ 2:01 PM

    Ah this was an interesting read but I can’t help but wonder if anyone ever thought that maybe he had an injury that is now causing him mobile issues. If anyone thought of that, I’m sure they wouldn’t be calling him a scumbag and thinking of using those two dogs as cash cows if they found out he had to use a cane or clutches. I don’t know this guy but there is more to the story than what is published for us to read. For it said he is a stunt man and sometimes stunt men can get hurt and he could be busy with physio therapy.

    Now you may say I’m defending him, and to shut up but I really don’t care. I’m just trying to get some people think out of there brains for a few seconds.

    As for the dogs, as heart breaking as it is, at least he is doing the right thing, or what could be seen as the right thing. Compared to other options for most German Sheppard’s at their age. Besides with the mention of fifteen minutes of fame mentioned. They might have applicants waiting to hear if they will be getting those two dogs or not. Just have to fine the right one.

  63. Linda • October 4, 2011 @ 6:35 PM

    The article says that he is giving them up as he does not have the time to give them the attention they deserve. Ok, it is good of him to recognize that. BUT, this has been these dogs home all their lives, suddenly getting uprooted and placed with people they don’t know is going to be stressful, especially at their ages. He does have another option, hiring someone to come in to care for them while he is away. Wonder why he isn’t considering that choice?

  64. Gemma • October 5, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

    Wow. I’d have the dogs myself if I could. How would you go about finding out though? x

  65. Brooke • October 13, 2011 @ 2:01 PM

    I’ll take him…

  66. Kim • October 14, 2011 @ 5:25 PM

    I’ll still take them!!!

  67. Dee • October 24, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

    Yup, another example of our disposable society.
    Very sad indeed, there are those that struggle to pay bills, lose jobs, etc, but will always care for their animals..till the end. God Bless them.
    If you can’t committ to a life long home, don’t get a pet.
    It is obvious these arthritic dogs were no longer going to bring home the bacon and therefore were disposable. Someone with his earnings could well afford a petsitter…!

  68. Potterfan • October 25, 2011 @ 2:14 PM

    I agree, it’s disgusting to make tons of money from using them in movies (which is not a fun thing for dogs to do, they’d rather just do dog things and not hit marks over and over again and “act”) and then just toss them away like yesterday’s trash. No doubt he has younger models he’s making money from now.

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