Calling all dog lovers - while I know this is not cinema related, it does cover another passion of mine, the care and welfare of animals. I recently had the opportunity to talk with the former model turned author and animal advocate Beth Ostrosky Stern who wrote the book Oh My Dog: How to Choose, Train,Groom, Nurture, Feed, and Care for Your New Best Friend which grew out of a sheer lifelong passion for animals. Co-written with Kristina Grish, the book is a 500 page reference on everything from brushing your dog's teeth (she's even invented a doggie dental pen called Pawfect Smile. Ingenious!) to how to read a dog food label.
You may know Beth as the wife of famous (or dare I say infamous) shock jock Howard Stern (and yes, I have been a fan since his days at WNBC). The newlyweds (October marks a year) reside in Manhattan with an eight year old English bulldog named Bianca and a special needs cat named Apple who was dumped in a box outside a shelter. And yes, apparently life is pretty normal being married to the King of All Media as she notes, "We are a pretty boring, normal couple," she says. For more see my story on The Huffington Post.
Beth and Apple
Beth is also a volunteer and spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League which is the nation's largest no-kill shelter and Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. Recently the NSAL brought four displaced dogs from the Nashville floods (and my hometown) to the Regis and Kelly show while Beth and Bianca made an appearance. The dogs were adopted immediately.
Beth's book hits the New York Times best seller list this week. A portion of the book and dental pen proceeds go to animal charities. Congrats and keep up the good work!
For more on Beth and Oh My Dog and Pawfect Smile, go to her website here.
Photo Credits: Galley Books/Simon and Schuster, photo of Bianca and Apple by Christoper Appoldt.