Thursday, February 21, 2013

The HSSV Oscars Are Here! Check Out Our Winners In Their Standout Performances!

Did you know that many of our dogs are stars of the screen as well? With the advent of YouTube and the assistance of some very talented volunteer filmmakers you can check out our dogs in their breakout roles. Follow the hyperlinks in the award text to see the performances that are winning them acclaim.

Best Romantic Performance

Rambles made everyone swoon during his smooch-fest of a video.You would never guess from his leading-man persona that he actually is a humble guy who enjoys butt scratches and snorts when he's happy. Rambles was previously known as Rambo but, in the tradition of Puff-Daddy, he's currently going by a different name. Other fun fact about this clip? He also commanded the biggest salary ever for performance in one of our YouTube videos, chowing through numerous string cheese sticks during production.

Best Direction In A Crowd Scene

Not since Ben Hur have we seen such masterful direction of a large number of extras. Like a doggy Charleston Heston, Kit Kat works the yard full of volunteers. It's not easy to direct and act but he does a fine job in this scene, really making himself look like the master of social situations that he is. Fun fact about this movie? Kit Kat didn't work out to prepare for this role. Despite being a senior actor, he keeps himself in great shape and can chase a toy like this any day of the week.

Best Stunt Tail


Speaking of performances that require getting in shape, check out Ace's tail in his debut video. Does it ever stop? Could it move even faster? Critics and fans alike say no, that tail is tops. Even in his still shots you can still see a blur where he was wagging non-stop. It takes more than a happy dog for this kind of posterior appendage stamina - it takes a seriously happy dog. Fun fact? No stunt doubles were used in the video. Yes, he did accidentally whap Patty but she was unharmed and in good humor about it.

Best Ad Lib/Improv Performance

With the craze for reality dating shows, it seemed a natural progression to incorporate some cinema verite into our videos. Lucky Spencer got to be our first ever Canine Bachelor. All the dating scenes with him and Justin in our Whole Pets store were shot as they took place. They had never met before being introduced with the camera going. Despite being a more reserved pup, Spencer handled it with aplomb and wound up having a fantastic time hanging out with Justin.

Best Performance

Everyone might be talking about Emmanuelle Riva's wrenchingly honest performance in Amour but when it comes to raw emotion, Juno steals the show. This shy little dog, found at a construction site where she had been living with several other dogs, gives us everything she has. We see her tentatively building a relationship with a volunteer, learning to play, to shake and finally just having fun with a ball and enjoying a belly rub. How can you not love this little girl and her emotional fearlessness as she learns that people are good and fun?

All our superstars are available for adoption at the HSSV Animal Community Center in Milpitas. Come get an autograph (and a new family member) today! 

Update: Rambles and KitKat are currently starring as beloved family members in their new homes! Juno and Spencer are still available for auditions!

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