It was a rainy day when Wendy got a call from her daughter about a dog who was hanging around the schoolyard. "They were outside at PE," she said. "He came up, and the kids were petting him. They went back and came out again several times, and he was still there, sitting and waiting in the rain."
At the end of the day, the dog was still at school, waiting. "My daughter sent me a picture - I couldn't leave him there. It was raining," Wendy says. Although they put up signs and waited, no one called to claim the dog. "He's super sweet; he doesn't run off. I couldn't imagine that he ran away from a home," Wendy recalls. Soon, Wendy and her family were won over. "A couple of weeks later, he wasn't going anywhere," she says.
Wendy's family named the dog JB. "It kind of stands for James Bond," Wendy explains. "Someone suggested that, but I think he's the farthest thing from James Bond. He doesn't care what you call him, as long as you call him."
As a professional animal trainer for commercials, television and movies such as We Bought a Zoo, Wendy's home is almost a zoo. JB fit right in. "He's totally fine," Wendy says. "He just fit right in with the crowd, including a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits and pygmy goats. It's like a petting zoo."
JB's talents earned him an immediate place in Wendy's family. "He's comic relief, for one. He keeps the other dogs busy. They get lots of exercise," Wendy says.
Wendy even started taking JB to work with her. "Right after I adopted him, I took him to a packaging photo shoot," she says. "My boss thought it was too soon for him to be in front of a camera, but he did great. They loved him. He was a natural born camera hog. There were even babies on set, and he did great. He just went along with it. It was fabulous."
This is no surprise to Wendy, who often trains and works with rescue pets. In her estimate, many of the dogs that work in movies and advertising are shelter dogs or rescue dogs.
JB has earned his place, both on set and in his new family's hearts. "He chose us, that's for sure," Wendy says. "He loves to learn, he loves to watch the other animals and do what they do. We're pretty lucky. He's great!"