Shelby went from eating garbage for dinner to being on the silver screen. And when she became the hero of her own rags-to-riches movie, the 2-year-old dog won the hearts of moviegoers around the globe.
She was first seen rummaging through trash at a dump in Nashville, Tennessee. Megan Buhler, a Cheatham County Animal Control officer, was the one who spotted the dog when she was on patrol in the neighborhood. The unhealthy small dog was out hunting for food to survive.
After some time, the tiny dog approached Buhler in the midst of a steady flow of traffic. She carefully took the animal and then transported Shelby to the local animal shelter, where she was fed and vaccinated.
During this visit, several professional photographs were taken of Shelby beaming with happiness. The staff at the shelter believed that the photographs would increase her chances of being adopted.
Unbeknownst to everyone, these photographs would be the deciding factor in Shelby landing the part that would forever change her life.
During that time, Hollywood producers were working on a new movie titled “A Dog’s Way Home.” The film was about a dog’s journey to rejoin her owner after being separated from each other.
Teresa Ann Miller, a Hollywood dog trainer, was hired by the film’s producers as a consultant. Miller is responsible for the recruiting and training of additional canine film stars. Her search for the ideal dog was not simple. After numerous failures, it appeared that she was nowhere near her objective.
When she discovered photographs of Shelby posted by the Cheatham County Animal Control, everything seemed to fall into place. The search was finally over.
Three months were devoted to Shelby’s training for her new role. She eventually had the opportunity to appear on the silver screen. Her grace and ability to carry the entire film on her tiny shoulders were complimented by audience members.
Source: Inside Edition