|A few years ago Molly
Stretten and I went on a scouting trip to Romania for a documentary
about emerging global democracies. We had read about the stray dog
problem, but were unprepared for what we saw when we arrived. The
number of stray, wounded and flea ridden dogs was so large, it was
nearly impossible for us to accept it as a reality of every day
life. Although I grew up in Germany, I was unaware of the magnitude
of the problem. Like most people, what I knew about Romania had
to do with Dracula and Nadia Comaneci. Upon our return to the United
States we decided to produce a documentary about the stray dogs.
We plan on making a difference by raising awareness. This is very
important to me, the actual doing of it. I believe there is magic
in action. We can all change the world, one dog at a time.
|I am involved so that
I can make a difference. While saving a few puppies may be insignificant
in the big picture, I hope to shed light on a dark issue, reveal
the long, sad history of stray animals and demonstrate techniques
that help solve the problem. Using the power of the media,
I hope to spread awareness and educate the world on how to improve
the situation. A picture is worth a thousand words… imagine
what 24 pictures per second can do!
|When I learned about
the stray dog problem in Romania, I immediately wanted to help any
way I could. There is nothing more rewarding than giving these puppies
a new chance in life. Making this movie and traveling back
to Romania with the other volunteers gives me a chance to do something
extraordinary in my life. I know that when we work as a team we
can accomplish anything we set our minds to and I am ready.
|Everything in my life
has lead me to this project. I think animals are the purest
form of love that God created and yet they continuously suffer at
the hands of the ignorant or unaware. Rescuing just one person
or animal can make a difference. I truly believe in this endeavor.
I met Eva while volunteering at the Burbank Animal Shelter, in which
we are all still very much involved. After volunteering with
search and rescue for 10 days in New Orleans I’m ready to head to
Romania. Saving animals is my purpose and my passion.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
|I always had an out of
control passion to explore and experience as many things about life
as possible. I struggled to find the right career until I stumbled
into camera work after doing a family wedding video. From
there I went to being a news cameraman for an NBC news affiliate
to moving back to Los Angeles to play with the big boys. I
enjoy the spontaneous, unpredictable and adventurous world of documentaries
and reality television. Hanging out of helicopters, shooting
underwater with sharks and doing just about anything to get a shot
got me nicknames like "Stevil Knievel" and "snake cam." But
best of all, I found a way to constantly meet and work with interesting
and extraordinary people. That's why I'm so excited about this project.
|I've worked with animals
for over 19 years. They have always given me so much more than I
could ever hope to return, so any opportunity to ease suffering
and bring health and happiness to them, I'm there! I'm a USC
Dental Hygienist who treats periodontal disease in dogs and cats
without anesthesia at Canyon Animal Hospital in Laguna Beach.
I have 9 years experience in the veterinary field. I'm certified
in Healing Touch for Animals, Theta Healing, and have over 200 hours
of Animal communication training. I share my ranch in San
Diego, with 17 animal companions and many wild ones as well.
My goals are to create healthy loving relations between companion
animals and humans, give all animals a voice and to help humans
reconnect with the earth, animals and each other. I can't wait to
go to Romania!
|I graduated University
of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and
Political Science. Currently I work as the Director
of Labor Relations for Warner Bros. Studio Facilities Inc. in Burbank.
I live with a menagerie of pets that consists of a very large-eared
Rat Terrier named Ellie Maeberry, a cockatiel that answers to Princess
Honore, and a mischievous pair of lovebirds, Jesse Jane and Piper
Roo. I also volunteer at the Burbank Animal Shelter where I met
Molly and Eva. Considering today’s global society, I feels it is
imperative to help other parts of the world. Consequently,
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this experience
to allow the Romanians to improve their own community.
|Sympathy for the suffering
of others, be it human or animal, is wrestled within all spiritual
traditions. Eva’s compassion for life and love of animals
transcends beyond the normal capacity of kindheartedness and charity.
Her call to action is admirable and inspiring, and I am honored
to be apart of this project. As a professional photographer I look
forward to embarking on this journey.
|Romania Animal Rescue
(RAR) is pleased to join Schnuffie Productions in the making of
this documentary. Through our insights into the life of the
Romanian street dog, we can enlighten the world to a problem of
immense proportion. RAR’s main focus is to get the street
dogs spayed or neutered, so that puppies will not be born into suffering.
We are working diligently to get mass spay/neuter programs into
the Romanian animal welfare. This is a long and difficult task and
we hope that with this documentary we can get the plight of the
Romanian street dogs into the international media, allowing us and
others to help these innocent animals and to end the cycle of